Harry Coley of Wild About Harry’s Dead at 75

Sad news. Harry Coley, the affable and fun-loving owner of Wild About Harry’s, passed away this morning.

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.


  • jimrain

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

  • coffeedave

    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

  • Travis Brewer

    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.

  • Me2

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

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  • Fan of Hot Dog Harry

    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.

  • twinwillow

    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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  • Skippy

    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.

  • Aron Noll

    Harry was an encouragement to my whole family, especially when my daughter was going through Leukemia treatments and Harry was going through his treatments…she was only about 7 years old and we would try to stop by and see Harry maybe once a month and alot of the time he would be there and would give them a wooden nickel for a free ice cream cone…what a blessing…he helped my daughter make it and she will pass on the blessings that Jesus gave her through Harry…now Harry is with Jesus! Wow..amazing to think about! Love you Harry!