Harold L. “Harry” Dowling

Age 63, of Penn Hills, formerly of Mount Washington and Swissvale, died Nov. 15, 2021, after a prolonged illness. He was born in Sweet Home, Ore. on Feb. 15, 1958 and graduated from Northwest Christian College in 1983 with a bachelor’s in Christian education with a minor in journalism. Most recently, he worked at Citizens Bank as a telephone customer service agent. Harry attended North Way Christian Community, formerly Hillside Christian Fellowship, in Robinson and was particularly active in its Faith & Friends and music ministries, playing guitar and bass. He was known for his sensitivity, dark sense of humor and biblical integrity. He was a fan of the University of Oregon Ducks, later adopted Pittsburgh professional sports teams and, in 2009, had an op-ed, “There used to be a ballpark,” about his experience at Civic Stadium in Eugene, Ore. while watching the Eugene Emeralds minor-league baseball team in the 1980s, published in the Post-Gazette. Harry is survived by three sisters, Catherine Melton of Portland, Ore.; Virginia Dougherty of Penn Hills; and Patricia Dowling of San Francisco; and two brothers, William of Alexandria, Va. and Robert of Tomball, Texas. His parents, Dr. Harold Bader Dowling and Leota Virginia Dowling, preceded him in death.

A memorial service is taking place at 1 p.m. Dec. 12 at North Way Christian Community, 1050 Campbells Run Road, Carnegie, Pa. Donations or grocery gift cards can be given for comfort items to AGH West Penn Cancer Institute, 4815 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.