Dr. Harry C Stone was a lifelong family man, devoted to his wife Susan, his children, his grandchildren, and his extended family. Born in New York City to Marion Stone and Elizabeth Chase, the first grandson of Dr Harry Woodburn Chase, Chancellor of New York University and UNC at Chapel Hill. Harry grew up in Philadelphia and other northeastern cities. When he applied for his medical residency he “wanted to get away from all that cold and snow” and so found himself in Jacksonville Florida, where daughters Cindy and Liz were born.
Dr. Harry Stone was an avid student of history, especially the Civil War and World War II. As a child he remembered seeing bread lines, and all his life he had great respect for those who serve their country in uniform. He himself served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon stationed in Montgomery Alabama, where his son Harry Chase Stone II was born.
When it came time to start his practice he chose a small town that used an air force base for an airport and lived on a two-lane road - and then Walt Disney World came to Orlando. Missi was born and his family was complete.
Doctoring was an all-consuming passion for Harry but he also found time for other passions: Every year he brought his family to Wrightsville Beach NC where his Uncle Joe and Aunt Lib Stone were surrogate parents to him. Harry taught his children to body surf in the Atlantic, sail the Intercoastal Waterway, and fish for Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel off the coast. With his own Boston Whaler he took the family water skiing every weekend on the Butler chain of lakes, and at least once a year visited the Florida Keys for scuba diving and fishing among the coral reefs.
His wife Susan introduced him to the American West and he never looked back; he loved snow skiing, and brought the family to enjoy this new delight from Aspen to Vail and finally to Big Sky Montana. He loved all outdoor adventures, from the Ocala Forest, to canoeing adventures, to looking for manatees, but in the Rocky Mountains he found his most beloved experience of nature.
Becoming a grandfather suited Harry; he shared his love of learning with them by taking them regularly to the Orlando Science Center. He showed up to every sports game and delighted in the growth of Liz and Kevin’s Brett, Chase and Kelly, Missi and Jacob’s Juliet and Stone, and Harry and Alyona’s Anastasia. He sent them cartoons from the paper and seemed to actually prefer them to his kids.
Loved by his patients and coworkers, Dr. Harry Stone was a familiar face at Florida Hospital South. Over the many years of his career as an OB/GYN he delivered thousands of babies, maintaining a practice on McRae Avenue for over thirty years.
Dr. Stone’s love for medicine and his patients extended beyond his practice. After retiring in 1998 he volunteered at Orlando’s Shepherd’s Hope and other organizations offering healthcare for low income and homeless residents of Orlando for twenty more years.
In retirement he could give free rein to his love for fishing and skiing in Montana, playing golf with his best friend Dr Al Corzo, and going to Gator games with Susan. His generosity toward his friends was constant and reliable - and he counted among his friends everyone from colleagues and former patients, to neighbors on the street, the guards at the Springs gatehouse, and anyone who ever came to the house to do a repair.
Harry Stone was determinedly informal. His coffee was a spoonful of instant heated in the microwave. His comfort food was buttered toast ripped into pieces and mixed with soft boiled egg. In retirement he always wore shorts and a Gator shirt (a Gator polo if it was a special occasion). There was always a hat. And the socks were always pulled up as high as possible.
There were other things you could depend on from Dr Harry Stone:
If you were on the smoked turkey list you got one every year.
If you called him and got the answering machine you always heard “go Gators!” at the end of the message.
If you came to visit his words of welcome were “let me get you a drink.”
If you were out to dinner with him, there was never time after the meal to sit around over coffee.
If you were his daughter and he didn’t like something you said or did, he would look over the top of his glasses and remind you that you were still his little girl.
If you asked him how he was he would always reply “never felt better.”
If you met him for breakfast there would be ketchup.
If you looked for him on game day he would be tailgating with family and friends.
If it was Friday night there would be flowers for Susan.
Dr Harry C Stone is preceded in death by his stepson Michael Matanzo, 1970-1973, and Harry Chase Stone II, 1964-2018. He is survived by his wife Susan, his daughters Cynthia Ariel Stone, Elizabeth Ann Hill and Michele Sigrid Moussa, and six loving grandchildren: Brett, Chase and Kelly Hill, Juliet and Stone Moussa, and Anastasia Stone. There are a myriad other relatives and friends who are similarly bereft - and blessed.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals, & Receptions - South Seminole Chapel, 335 East State Road 434, Longwood, Florida 32750. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that charitable donations be made in Harry's memory to one of the following organizations or to a charity of your choosing:
-Doctors without Borders:
Donate online: https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/onetime.cfm
Donate by phone: (888) 392-0392
Donate online: http://www.shepherdshope.org/donate/
Donate by phone: (407) 876-6699
-AdventHealth Hospital Foundation:
Donate online: https://donation.adventhealth.com/central-florida
Donate by phone: (407) 303-2786
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