In 2007, the Alliance High School gym was renamed the Harry Fails gymnasium in his honor.
A kind-hearted man, Harry quietly took his students under his wing, mentoring and encouraging them. Many thought of him as a great coach but did not realize what a dedicated and hardworking teacher he was and how many lives he impacted.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary (Reo) Fails, whom he married August 22, 1964; four children, Tammie (John) Fails-Kirkner of Alliance, Diana Fails of Alliance, Tim (Michelle) Fails of Independence, Ky. and Mary Beth Fails and her fiancée, Cliff Smith of Alliance; seven grandchildren, Kayla, Jayden, A.J., Keira, Breanna, Nathan and Alissa; siblings, Donna (Rich) Kern of Parma, Marc (Diane) Fails of Lebanon, Pa. and Janet (Earl) Irving of Rathdrum, Idaho. He will also be dearly missed by his caretaker, Nikki Ketler; and many special close friends who have been by his side in his last months. Also, the family wishes to thank Alliance Hospice for all the excellent care.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday, June 13th, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alliance, with Fr. Matthew Mankowski celebrating.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 12th, at CASSADAY-TURKLE-CHRISTIAN FUNERAL HOME, 75 S. Union Ave., Alliance, Ohio 44601.
In lieu of flowers, Harry’s family prefers memorial contributions to be made to the Harry F. Fails, Jr. Scholarship Fund.
Friends may register online at www.ctcfuneral.com and starbeacon.com.