Meatro Harry Hawran, better known to friends and family as Mickey, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 1, 2024.
He is survived by three daughters, Laura (Andrew) Shoun, Carol Hawran (Matthew Schwartz), and Allison Midgley (Jerry Brodish); two grandsons, Peter Shoun (Ansley Hayes) and Adam Meatro Shoun; and many loving cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Marian, his parents; Meatro Harry and Katherine (Kovalesky) Hawran; and two brothers, Thomas and Ernest Hawran.
Mickey was born May 12, 1932, in Simpson, PA. In the small eastern Pennsylvania town, he helped to care for his oldest brother Tommy, who was stricken with then-unnamed muscular dystrophy, and behind the scenes in his father’s tavern – what he always called “the gin mill.”
When his mother died Mickey was only thirteen, and he had to take on even more responsibility. He was a worker by nature and by necessity. This trait carried him through his father’s early passing, his Army service in Hawaii during the Korean War, and training that would lead to a move to New Jersey and work in metals shipping/receiving and sales.
He worked at Whitehead Metal Products Company in North Jersey, and Mickey took advantage of his proximity to Teterboro Airport to start pilot training, a life-long dream.
One summer, a pretty young woman named Marian came to work at the office, and Mickey was hooked. In the fall when she went back to Glassboro College, he visited her, sometimes driving down and other times flying. He combined his courtship with logging flight hours so that he got his pilot’s license and his girl. He took her flying and proposed, and she accepted. Mickey and Marian married on October 23,1958, in the Arlington Presbyterian Church.
With a wife and the first stepping stones laid toward his chosen profession, he moved to Bound Brook NJ. He and Marian started a family. The family moved to Flemington NJ where the girls grew up. He enjoyed vacations at the Jersey Shore and in his travel trailer with his family. They traveled west and north, seeing the sights. Mickey especially enjoyed the national parks. After the girls left home for college, Mickey and Marian moved to Langhorne PA and then to Kerrville TX after retirement.
Mickey flew professionally for twenty-five years for Ransom Airways out of Trenton and Philadelphia, flying prop planes and turbo-prop planes – his favorite was the Dash 7. He captained commuter flights. His professional flight time of over 24,000 hours included close calls that he told briefly to his family when they happened and recounted as detailed, suspenseful stories later in life.
Mickey’s interest in flying didn’t stop with work or in retirement. Family vacations and later travel, when he and Marian went full-time in their trailer, often included air shows, flight museums, or historical aviation sites. Mickey and Marian spent seven memorable years traveling around the country, sightseeing, and visiting friends, while Mickey continued to “pilot” behind the wheel of the RV. Even after settling in Kerrville, Mickey became a Commemorative Air Force member and took part in restoration and flights of World War II warbirds, and at the age of 91 he rode in an open airplane from the Greenville SC Downtown Airport. When it came to planes, he never lost his enthusiasm.
Mickey was hard working, but he also loved to read Westerns, to learn about what was going on in the world, to listen to music, and to tell stories and joke. He will be remembered for his dedication to his work and his family, his love for his wife, and his faith in God.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lutheran Hospice, 429 North Main Street Greenville SC 29601, or donate online at https://www.lutheranhospice.org/.
A memorial will be held at a later date.
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