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Harry Coley of Wild About Harry’s Dead at 75

Harry Coley. (Photo courtesy of Wild About Harry's website)
Harry Coley. (Photo courtesy of Wild About Harry’s website)

Sad news. Harry Coley, the affable and fun-loving owner of Wild About Harry’s, passed this morning. According to his daughter, Sydney Coley, Harry was diagnosed with cancer four years ago. “He did a pretty good job of keeping it from people,” Sydney says. “He had a chemo treatment in the spring and, although his cancer was stable, he just started to lose ground.” He was 75.

If you’ve ever been to Wild About Harry’s, chances are you’ve engaged in a conversation with him. He was always kind and funny and he always remembered your name if not your favorite flavor of his famous custard.

Coley was born in Hollis, Oklahoma. One of the great joys of his young life was eating his mother’s frozen custard. He honored her by mass producing her recipe and expanding to over 50 flavors and serving it alongside a clever 10-hotdog menu. For years, you couldn’t get into the small shop on Knox especially during after-school hours.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be released soon.

Update: A wake and visitation will be held on Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Chapel of the Cross, 4333 Cole Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205. A Funeral Service will be Monday August 18, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., also at the Chapel of the Cross. See more.

9 comments on “Harry Coley of Wild About Harry’s Dead at 75

  1. Aww. Of all the sad news this week, I think this makes me the saddest. He was such a friendly man.

  2. Harry was one of the finest human beings I’ve met these 17 years I’ve lived in this area. I liked his hotdogs and custard. But, I loved the man. He will be greatly missed. – David Largent, Midlothian, TX

  3. Rest in Peace Harry. Thanks for sharing your mother’s recipe with the world, we are better off for it. Thanks also for making Wild About Harry’s such a welcoming, friendly, and original place.

  4. Wow, just had linner there, lunch/dinner.
    I will miss you. Thank you so much for the wonderful place, great energy.
    RIP

  5. aww, Harry.

    I know a weenie man,
    He owns a weenie stand.
    He sells most everything,
    From hot dogs on down.
    One day I’ll change his life,
    I’ll be his weenie wife.
    Oh how I love that weenie man.

  6. Harry was as much fun talking to as eating his delicious custard.

    RIP, my friend. You were always a class act and I’ll miss our conversations about the “good ‘ol days”.

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  8. My parents and I went to Harry’s often. I don’t remember how we stumbled across it originally but my parents loved going. My dad would get his hot dog and my mom would get the custard. In the early days when Harry’s wasn’t crazy busy, they’d talk at length to Harry and enjoyed that so much. Later, he opened in Richardson (which was close to their home) and they thought that was the greatest thing. They would go often after dinner for custard. Now, my parents are both gone and so is Harry. RIP Harry and know that you brought special memories to a lot of people.