Harold ‘Hap’ Giacomini, born July 16, 1928, passed away peacefully in his home in Eureka early in the morning on May 19, 2021. He was with those he loved and surrounded by the love felt for him in the time leading up to and through his passing.

Harold was nicknamed Hap because he was such a happy baby and remained a truly happy man throughout his long and well lived life. He maintained his joyous demeanor despite facing and overcoming numerous challenges. Hap went out of his way to share his good spirit and to lift the spirits of those around him, often via shared laughter over one of his hundreds of jokes. No matter what was going on, he always had a joke to share.

In addition to his humor, Hap was a talented woodworker, a dedicated dairyman, enjoyed fishing, and had a passion for a good cookie. Most importantly, he was kind and patient beyond description. He was always willing to help anyone who needed it. In moments of darkness, he was the light. Hap loved his large family tirelessly. He was loyal to his faith. Those mourning his loss find comfort knowing of his heavenly reunions with those that he has missed so dearly.

Hap was a dedicated son, brother, cousin, father, uncle, grandfather and friend. He was welcomed to Heaven by many people dear to him, including his wife Laurel, son Edward, step-grandsons Aaron and Travis, parents Henry and Rose, his seven brothers and one sister. He is survived by his sons Allen (Roxan) and Timothy (Tammy), daughters Cindy (David) and Renee (Scott), step-children Dan (Nancy), Rodney, Carlo (Mae), and Lisa, thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, his three sisters Mary Laffranchi, Rose Beall, and Leona Vertrees, and many nieces and nephews.

A service will be held for Hap at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church (615 H Street, Eureka) on Thursday, May 27 at 10:30 a.m. He will then be laid to rest next to his wife and nearby other family members at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ferndale. While those that knew and loved him will miss his calm and caring presence, his laughter, and his jokes, Hap will not soon be forgotten. He will be remembered when baking cookies to enjoy with loved ones. He will live eternally in the moments of laughter shared in response to a good joke.

In lieu of flowers please donate to:

Hospice of Humboldt
3327 Timber Fall Court
Eureka,CA 95503


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