Harry W. Stein, a former Freeport postal worker and World War II veteran, was a man of many talents — artist, poet, singer and musician.
He painted many landscapes and war scenes, and he played a wide range of musical instruments, including the piano, guitar, accordion, trumpet and harmonica. He was also a published poet and performed in plays, his family said.
“He was full of life,” his daughter, Jeanette Coleman of Ridge, said.
Stein, who moved from Freeport to Ridge 30 years ago, died Nov. 6 at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 93.
Born in Jersey City, Stein served with the Marines in the Pacific during the war, and was a medic during fierce combat on Iwo Jima, the family said.
He met his wife of 66 years, Nora, when he was a piano player at a club in Manhattan. She was visiting the United States from Liverpool, England.
They settled in Freeport, where Stein worked as a letter carrier. They raised four children.
Stein loved music and singing, Coleman said. She said he performed in several Off-Broadway plays, including renditions of “Brigadoon” and “Oklahoma!”
He and his wife later moved to Ridge, where they helped raise Coleman’s two daughters.
“The most important thing about Pop, and the one thing that stands out in my mind [is] no matter how dark a situation or how serious a room could get . . . he was always a ray of sunshine,” said granddaughter Kelly Tartamella, 37, of Nesconset. “He would always make you laugh or make you smile, or just try to be the clown in the room. Not for everyone, but just for you.”
In addition to his wife and daughter, survivors include sons Philip Stein of Florida and Ed Stein of Oceanside; daughter Gloria Hayes of Emporium, Pennsylvania; sister Eleanor Stein of Queens; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was offered Monday at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Rocky Point, followed by a military memorial service at Calverton National Cemetery.