The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Obituaries

June 10, 2013

Harry F. Fails Jr.

ALLIANCE — Harry F. Fails Jr., age 71, died on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.

Harry was a coach, teacher, athletic director, assistant principal, and a friend to all. Many of his former players and students expressed their thanks to Harry for helping them to learn values and to respect others. He was an inspiration to many students and players in Alliance and Conneaut.

His love, strength, and sense of humor will never be forgotten. Even in his hardest days, he filled all who surrounded him with laughter and love. He was also known as “Harry Never Fails” because of his winning records and comeback victories. He was an iconic figure in Alliance and Conneaut as a coach and mentor to many students and players. No one will miss him more than Rosemary, his high school sweetheart and wife of 48 years. His children will also never fill the void left by his passing. He was an idol and role model to his four children and many others in the Alliance and Conneaut areas.

He was born Feb. 24, 1942, in West Springfield, Pa. to Harry F. Fails Sr. and Laura (George) Fails. Harry graduated from Rowe High School in Conneaut, Ohio. He received his B.S. and his Master’s Degree from Kent State University.

He coached basketball and baseball at Conneaut High School with no losing seasons. He coached at Alliance High School for 16 years, also with no losing seasons.

He was a history teacher, baseball and basketball coach, athletic director, and assistant principal with the Alliance City Schools. During the summers, Harry did construction work and other jobs. Whatever he needed to do, he did. He also worked at Trap’s and Penrod’s.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and member of Alliance Elks.

As a Hot Stove coach for many years, he won a State Championship. He received numerous awards including Ashtabula Coach of the Year, Northeast Ohio Coach of the Year, Stark County Coach of the Year, Alliance High School and Conneaut High School Teacher of the Year, Alliance Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds Award, Alliance High School Hall of Fame and the Ashtabula County Hall of Fame.

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