Retired Army Col. Edward Brooke Harry, 82, who helped operate a well-known family grocery business in Washington for many years died Monday at the home of a son. Edward B. Jr., In Oklahoma City.
A lifelong resident of Washington, he was visiting in Oklahoma City when he suffered an apparent heart attack.
Col. Harry, a veteran of both world wars had operated Brooke and Harry Grocery in the 700 block of 20th Street NW with his brother, Lawrence WI until their retirement in 1955.
The business had been established in 1887 by their father, the late John B. Harry, and the late Edward Brooke. Over the years it had sold provisons to the White House.
The brothers had worked in the store in the 1920s and 1930s, and took over in 1945, when their father retired. He died in 1972 at the age of 105.
Col Harry, who spent his early childhood in the section of Washington known as Foggy Bottom, where the grocery store was located moved as a youngster with his family to what was then Tenleytown.
They occupied a house known as the "Harry compound" on River Road. After he returned from active duty in World War I and married. Col Harry built a house next door to the family home. He had lived there since then.
During World War I, he was an air observer and later a cavalry officer with the American Expeditary Force in Europe. After the war he left active duty but retained in the Army reserve.
Col Harry was recalled to active duty in January, 1941. During World War II, he was a cavalry squadron commander at the Cavalry Replacement Training Center at Ft. Riley, Kan., and then served with the Army's American Intelligence Service at Miami Beach, Fla.
He was released from active duty in 1944, but remained with the Reserve until retiring in 1953.
Active in the Masons Col. Harry was a past Warshipful Master of the William K. Singleton Lodge No 20 and a member of the Albert Pike Consistory. Washington Commandery No 1 of the Knights Templar. Almas Temple Shrine and Capital Court No. 5 of the Royal Order of losters.
In addition to his son, Edward, he is survived by another son, John B. H. of the home in Washington: a daughter, Mrs. John M. Sanford of Marco Island Fla., his brother, Lawrence W. and three sisters, Sabra Sullivan Elizabeth Derrick and Rebecca Parker, all of Washington: another sister, Ida Woodof Annapolis, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.