Harold Krasner


Krasner, Harold, 95, died Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Brentwood Nursing. He was the beloved husband of Claire (Gornstein) Krasner, his college sweetheart, for 70 years. Born in Providence, a son of the late Jacob and Lillian (Siebel) Krasner, he had lived in Warwick for two years, previously living in Cranston.

Harold was born in Providence and became Bar Mitzvah at Touro Synagogue in Newport, graduating Rogers High School there.  His education was interrupted by World War II, where he served in the Merchant Marine.  He returned to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering at Rhode Island State College, later to become the University of Rhode Island.  While there, he was a proud member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.  Soon after graduation, he returned to the service of his country as an officer in the Navy during the Korean Conflict.

Harold was self-employed during most of his professional career.  He was a partner in Alrae Construction, a general contractor based in Providence, and then the principal at HNK Consulting.

Harold had a lifelong passion for things nautical.  He purchased his first power boat in the 1960’s, and was an active sailor and fisherman into his 70’s through a series of boats, all moored in East Greenwich.

Devoted father of Dr. Jay Krasner and his wife, Sharon Bell, of Sudbury, MA and Edward Krasner and his wife, Abbi, of Cranston. Dear brother of Frima Marquez of Las Cruces, NM and the late Alvin Krasner, Robert Krasner, and Blanche Levine. Loving grandfather of Elliot, Laurel, Samuel, and Maxwell.

Funeral services will be private.  Shiva will be observed virtually. Please check back for updates regarding the day, time, and link. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Rhode Island Food Bank at   https://rifoodbank.org/.


  1. Elaine Papa
    Oct 12, 2020

    Dear Claire and family,

    I want to express my deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one.

    Harold was a special person to me. He was a very compassionate person.

    I will never forget my wonderful years working for Harold at Alrae Construction.

    In deepest sympathy,

    Elaine Papa

  2. Stu Kortick
    Oct 12, 2020

    My love thoughts and prayers to the family
    Fond memories of years past I
    Will always cherish
    Love you all
    May he rest in peace

  3. Eliot Finn
    Oct 12, 2020

    Ed, my deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Dad. May his memory always be a source of comfort and love from this day forward. God bless his soul

  4. donna j polofsky
    Oct 12, 2020

    A life well lived! Sorrow for the loss but happy you had such an amazing husband, father and grandfather.

  5. Jean Gustafson Manocchia
    Oct 12, 2020

    Dear Krasner Family,

    I was so sorry to read that your husband/father had passed away. Seeing his name brought back many memories of Saturday nights starting when Eddie was a baby and Jay was a little guy but always wanting to be a doctor.
    Your husband/ father certainly had a long impressive life that he lived to the fullest. My condolences go out to all of you at this very difficult time


  6. Rick & Eunice Misbin
    Oct 12, 2020

    Dear Clair, We were so sorry to hear that Harold had passed away. Harold was definitely one of the best! You have our sincere sympathy.
    Rick & Eunice Misbin

  7. Susan Rice
    Oct 12, 2020

    Dear Claire and family.
    My deepest condolences on the passing of Harold.
    You both were very close to my parents and they cherished your friendship. I remember fishing with my dad and Harold. Great memories.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Steven Lury
    Oct 12, 2020

    My Brother(s), I am so sorry for the loss of your dad and grandfather. May the wonderful memories you have of him bring comfort to you and your entire family.

  9. Maureen (Zeman) Kershaw
    Oct 12, 2020

    Dear Maxwell and family,

    We are very sorry to hear of your grandfather’s passing.
    We hope you are able to find comfort in your precious memories of him.

  10. John Deware
    Oct 12, 2020

    Jay my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow on the passing of your dad. May he Rest In Peace. Deepest sympathies.

  11. Marc Paige
    Oct 13, 2020

    To Ed and the entire Krasner family: My sincere condolences on the passing of Harold. May his memory be a blessing.

  12. Ken Garber
    Oct 13, 2020

    So very sorry for your loss.

  13. Kayla MacEachern
    Oct 13, 2020

    I had the pleasure of meeting Harold a few months ago and the experience was full of smiles and friendly banter. I could tell he was a great father and grandfather to all. He will live on in everyone’s hearts. Peace be with Claire and the rest of their family.

  14. Cheryl Greenfeld Teverow
    Oct 13, 2020

    Claire, Jay and Eddie
    I have known you for most of my life and was so sorry to read of Harold’s passing. I hope all of your great memories will help during this difficult time for you. My sincere condolences,
    Cheryl Greenfeld Teverow

    • Rick Granoff
      Oct 13, 2020

      So sorry to hear the news. We go back a long way. Best to you and your family.. Rick

  15. Fredda and Bill
    Oct 13, 2020

    Claire – we are so sorry about Harold’s passing. We have enjoyed so many great times with you and Harold and we know that you certainly enjoyed your long friendship with Norman and Barbara. You were an example of a dedicated married couple that we will always admire. Bless you and your entire family. We love you.

  16. Joanie Bookbinder
    Oct 14, 2020

    Claire I have known you and Harold my whole life. Harold will be truly missed. You know how much I love you.

  17. Susan Rodrigues
    Oct 15, 2020

    I have known you and Harold for over 50 years. I know how much you adored each other. So sorry to learn of his passing. I am sure all your wonderful memories will guide you through this difficult time. He was a wonderful man and you were a wonderful couple.
    He will certainly be missed by many.
    With love and sympathy,
    The Rodrigues (Wexler) family)

  18. Lois Cohen
    Oct 16, 2020

    Claire, So sorry to hear of your husband’s passing.
    All of the members of the Cranston Senior Guild send our deepest condolences to you and your family.
    Lois Cohen

  19. Mark Rechter
    Nov 5, 2020

    So sorry for your loss.

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