James D. Harne

October 11, 1945 - October 11, 2019 Kennett Square, PA | Age 74 Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend

JAMES D. HARNE, age 74, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Friday, October 11, 2019, at Penn Medicine Hospice. He was the husband of Sallyann Hannahs Harne, with whom he shared 46 years of marriage.

Born in Lancaster, PA, he was the son of the late Denver B. Harne and the late Dorothy Barr Harne.

He was a school librarian at the Kennett Consolidated School District, retiring in 2005 after 30 years of service. He loved children’s literature and being an elementary school librarian.

Mr. Harne was a 1963 graduate of Penn Manor High School in Millersville, PA. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy.

He was an active member of the Kennett Education Association. He volunteered as a poll worker for the local board of elections. He enjoyed being with family and friends, riding his motorcycle, and traveling, achieving his goal of visiting all 50 states.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Christopher Harne of Kennett Square, PA; one daughter, Catherine Snell and her husband Karl of West Chester, PA and one grandson, Benjamin Snell.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Geraldine Stauffer and Loretta Colosimo.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 4:00 to 6:00 on Tuesday evening, October 15, 2019, and again from 10:00 to 11:00 on Wednesday morning, October 16, 2019, at the Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 West State Street Kennett Square, PA. His Funeral Service will follow on Wednesday morning at 11:00. His burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 or to the American Cancer Society, 1818 Market Street, Suite 2820, Philadelphia, PA 19103
To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com

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Memorial Donations

American Diabetes Association

150 Monument Road
Suite 100
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

American Cancer Society

1818 Market Street
Suite 2820
Philadelphia, PA 19103



October 15, 2019 4:00-6:00 Kuzo Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA


October 16, 2019 10:00-11:00 Kuzo Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA

Funeral Service

October 16, 2019 11:00 Kuzo Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA


Burial will be held privately


  1. Just learned…so decent, and funny. He was my wrestling coach, drove me to Chester County Hospital to get my shoulder put back in its socket! Rest In Peace, sir, and thanks. Pleasure to have known you.

    Mark Hovde | May 14, 2021 at 9:37 PM
  2. Sally you already know what a terrific uncle he was for me
    Funny witty,just a super guy. I have so many memories of him and you also. I hope we can stay close and visit each other

    Robin | October 29, 2019 at 11:37 PM
  3. Dear Sally, Cathy, and Chris, We were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. What a great sense of humor and an absolute joy to be around. Please take solace in the fact that he was not only loved by everyone, but respected and admired as well.

    Joann and Fred Anderson | October 29, 2019 at 8:22 PM
  4. Sally,
    I hurt for you and your family’s hurt. I pray, that in time, these days and your loss will become a bitterswwet thing with memories that will sustain you and your family thru the years to come. To date, my greatest loss was the death of my father. When lving, for him to know my thoughts, I had to tell him. However, once gone, I found I had to only think them for him to know them. Papa died 35 years ago and he remains with me in a vibrant way. I pray this will be your experience with your soulmate.

    I moved from a tiny school (sixteen students in grades 1–>7)) in a rainforest iron-mining camp in Venezuela to the Martic Forge/Pequae area in 1957. Conestoga Elementary School was the public school to which our area was assigned. Upon entering that school, I was convinced that it was everbit a populated as the DC airport was at the time. Our 7th grade homeroon teacher, Mrs. Keller, had quivering me sit behind Jim. He wasn’t quite sure what to do with the female international newby sitting behind him but he was welcoming. Over then next few weeks, I came to know, love and sometimes uderstand Jim’s quick wit. I was somewhat intimidated by his brillance and the tricks he and Robert Houck.

    When I first met you, I knew Jim had not only met his match humor-wise, but also a wonderful, warm and people person. Thank you for being his “other half,” and loving him as you did. We all wanted the best for Jim and you were “that best.”

    I am sorry to miss Jim’s send-off. We have just returned to Grand Bahama to meet with the insurance adjustor.

    Hugs and Love Always,
    Mary Brundage DeLashmutt

    Mary DeLashmutt | October 16, 2019 at 12:10 PM
  5. Dear Sally, Cathy and Chris,
    The world has lost a great spark! Jim was bright light, larger than life, a literary hero. A loving husband , father, teacher and friend, Jim always stood up for what was right and just. His sense of humor, wit and willingness to look and be silly made him a most memorable character. His kindness and compassion made him a treasured friend. I have a flood of memories of time spent with Jim and your family. I am blessed to have known him. My prayers are with you at this time of great loss. Love, Roseann Kello Barnes

    Roseann Barnes | October 16, 2019 at 9:20 AM
  6. My memories of Jim started with his being treasurer for Mary D Lang PTO. We always appreciated his input and dry sense of humor. Later he would joke around with me when I was on the school board. I always appreciated how candid and honest he was about everything. Sally- It was a shock to hear of his passing and I can only hope that your memories will carry you through this very sad time.
    Always, Catherine Townsend

    catherine Townsend | October 15, 2019 at 7:12 PM
  7. Dear Sally, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. It’s never enough time with those we love. I know You and Jim ,certainly, enjoyed your family and traveling. Memories never fade, as they touch our hearts forever. Life is not a dress rehearsal, you guys grabbed that ring from the Merry Go Round every chance you got. It was fun to watch you on face book. Of course I have memories of times growing up with you, Sally. Times from Elementary through Graduation. I met Jim in Newberry’s when we were just teens. Peace go with you in life.. Love always, Patti Blevins Cornette

    Patricia Cornette | October 14, 2019 at 9:05 AM
  8. Sally, so sorry for to hear about Jim’s passing. He was always a hoot to be around. He had a wonderful sense of humor, that you had to think about to understand. Will miss him at breakfast. Wayne

    Wayne Fahnestock | October 13, 2019 at 10:31 PM
  9. Dearest Sally and Cathy and Chris~ We were SO SAD to hear of Jim’s death! Simply so not fair; there are millions of children’s books yet to be read. I especially recall him introducing us to “Captain Underpants”. AND standing with him and (you Sally) at the ‘baby viewing window’ when Cathy and Sasha were new borns. Our prayers for your comfort and peace.
    Much love, Wayne and MA and Sasha.

    Mary Anna Reimann | October 13, 2019 at 9:25 PM
  10. Sally
    Words can not express how saddened I was to hear about Jim. I cherish a memory of the two of you in front of Greenwood on your motorcycles when you first got them. I knew amazing adventures were ahead for you. May your loving memories fill your heart with joy as you celebrate Jim’s life.
    Prayers and love,
    Karyn Campanelli

    Karyn Campanelli | October 13, 2019 at 11:43 AM
  11. To the Harne Family, I send my deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you all in this time of sorrow.

    Theresa Roberts | October 13, 2019 at 9:17 AM
  12. To the entire family of Jim: I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. I have so many fond memories of him and growing up beside him at Safe Harbor Village. A quiet, always smiling, deeply introspective, and warm person who always had a gentle hand to help you with whatever you might need. I spent half my growing up years in his house playing with Norine and Nina and one particular time I remember well was when the new Beatles album came out and he was playing it for the first time and we all gathered to listen to every song on that album – none of us saying a word – we were all enthralled. I know you all will find so many warm and loving memories of your lives with him. I am so sorry that I am out of town until the end of October – but please know my mother and I will be thinking of you all during the next days especially as you go through this journey of saying your good byes. Hugs and love to you all. Pam Adams (Martin) and Pat Martin

    Pamela A Adams | October 13, 2019 at 8:42 AM
  13. To the entire Harne Family, I am so sad to hear of Mr Harnes passing. I enjoyed Mr Harnes witty sense of humor. I pray you all have many good memories to comfort you. God bless from Norris Cramer, Class of 1977

    Norris Cramer | October 13, 2019 at 12:36 AM
  14. Sally, Cathy, Chris & families,

    I cannot express how sorry I am with the loss of Jim. May your memories carry you through this difficult time and may you face the future knowing that you are carrying on his legacy. Holding you in my thoughts, Andrea Dunmire

    Andrea Dunmire | October 12, 2019 at 11:32 PM
  15. Sally,
    Our deepest and sincerest sympathy. (Jim & Janet Lawrence)

    Jim Lawrence | October 12, 2019 at 9:41 PM
  16. I am so sorry for your loss Sally. Jim was a remarkable man. He had such a great attitude and sense of humor with the staff and students at Mary D. Lang. It was an honor to teach with him. I will always remember his awesome voice overs during his read alouds in the library pit. He is a true library legend!

    Stacey Hoernig | October 12, 2019 at 4:44 PM
  17. I am so sorry. Jim was a very special person. All of us who knew him will feel his absence. My prayers are with you,

    Nancy Torres

    Nancy Torres | October 12, 2019 at 3:02 PM
  18. I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr Harne was the best librarian and I remember him fondly from Mary D Lang. Our hearts are with you all.

    Hope Cochran '03 | October 12, 2019 at 2:58 PM
  19. Sally and family,
    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I always enjoyed his sense of humor, and how great you guys were as a couple. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Kim Conroy

    Kim Conroy | October 12, 2019 at 2:42 PM
  20. Dear Sally, Chris, and Cathy,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and Dad. I truly enjoyed working with Jim at Lang. He was not only full of deadpan good humor, he was solid support whenever it was needed. He was good to talk to at school if an ear was needed. He was a strong member of the Union and one of the reasons I stayed as a rep as long did. I liked him a lot and will miss seeing him around town and at the Lang breakfasts. My prayers are with you Sally and your family. Having been where you are not to long ago, I will tell you that there is light at the end of the tunnel but the tunnel can every long. Take care and know that Jim was a very good man and well liked. Fondly, Lorraine

    Lorraine DesJardien | October 12, 2019 at 2:33 PM
  21. Sally, Chris, and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I was blessed to have known him at MDL for my short time there. You taught me much in different ways. Chris, you were a part of my first year of teaching. I learned about a parent’s love from Sally and Jim. I learned about being part of something bigger than myself from watching Sally and Jim lead the staff through KEA. Thank you all for the life lessons. I wish you peace at this time.
    -Becky Larrow Wesselman

    Rebecca Wesselman | October 12, 2019 at 1:35 PM
  22. Dear Sally and family,
    I truly enjoyed the many years I worked with Jim at Mary D. Lang. What a great sense of humor he had!! I remember vividly his Holstein cow outfit that he wore with such a dead pan look on his face. It was very hard to keep a straight face. I also remember like it was yesterday his last day at Mary D. Lang😄 He drove the motorcycle to school only to encounter a deluge of rain when it was time to leave. Only Jim would let us dress him in a trash bag so that he could make it home in a semi- dry state! What fun!
    I truly miss those days. Jim was a wonderful addition to our staff. I am sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many folks. Love, Sharon

    Sharon Journey | October 12, 2019 at 12:29 PM
  23. So very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing, Chris. Although it was many years ago I remember him being very good natured with a kind smile. Glad that your dad and mom got to enjoy such a long marriage together as well. Wishing you and your family all the very best during this difficult time. Hold tight to all the special memories. :)

    Jenna Montgomery | October 12, 2019 at 12:28 PM
  24. I’m very sorry to hear about Mr. Harne. He was a great person. Lots of good memories. My thoughts are with Chris and the Harne family.

    Joe Passante | October 12, 2019 at 12:04 PM
  25. My most sincere sympathy to you, Sally, all of your friends and family. Peace to all of you.

    Andrea McAndrews | October 12, 2019 at 10:45 AM
  26. Dear Sally, I am so sorry for your loss of Jim. I will always remember the good times we had at Lang working together. He truly was a great husband, father and man. With deepest sympathy, Elaine Fiore.

    Elaine Fiore | October 12, 2019 at 8:31 AM

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