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Charles Harding

Charles Harold Harding

Friday, January 28th, 1927 - Saturday, September 26th, 2020
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Obituary

Lincoln - Charles Harold Harding, 93 years old, husband of Joyce Potter Harding, passed away September 26, 2020 at his home in Lincoln, Maine. He was born January 28, 1927 in Lincoln. His parents were Clyde A. and Mary J. (Beale) Harding.

Before he graduated from Mattanawcook Academy in 1945, Harold began working at the Lincoln Post Office. He held various positions over the next 37 years, eventually becoming the Assistant Postmaster and acting Postmaster. Transferring from Lincoln, he worked as a Supervisor in the Bangor Post Office and Supervisor of Postal Operations in Millinocket, Maine. Completing over 40 years of service, he retired January 3, 1985.

He married Joyce on June 19, 1949 at the First Congregational Church, officiated by Rev. Warren Palmer. They celebrated their 71st Anniversary this last June. He built the family home on Highland Avenue. Now among “the last few” of the old neighborhood, Harold, Joyce and daughter spent their first night in their home on August 10, 1952. They raised their family in this very special neighborhood.

Harold was a member of the First Congregational Church of Lincoln and the Congo Men’s Club. He served as General Superintendent of the Sunday School for several years and the Every Member Canvass Committee for many years. He also served at the church’s Annual Riverdrivers’ Supper as Publicity Chairman and as the supper’s Treasurer.

Harold was a member of Horeb Lodge #92 AF&AM and the Northern Penobscot Shrine Club. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies and Anah Temple Shrine. Civic minded, he was a member of the Lincoln Jaycees, working on the Miss Lincoln Pageant, Ice Skating Rink and Fish Hill Ski Tow. He was Chairman of the Lincoln Appeals Board for several years and for a time served on the Cemetery Committee.

Harold was an Amateur Radio Ham Operator, WAIYZY. He belonged to the Square Dance Club “Barney’s Bunch” and enjoyed the fellowship of the other dancers. He enjoyed the Lincoln Community Band and joined each reorganization. They enjoyed snow mobiling in the winter and their camp lot on Combolassee Pond in the summer.

Experienced campers, in 1986, Harold and Joyce joined the Holiday Rambler Recreational Vehicle Club, HoRaMe Chapter #33 and, in later years, the Tampa Bay Ramblers #353. They traveled extensively, visiting all fifty states, Canadian Provinces and, after retirement, spent many winters in Florida.At home, Harold maintained a family garden. He was an active, talented woodworker and spent many hours in his home workshop, creating furniture, swing sets and mementos for family and friends.

Harold is survived of by his wife of 71 years, his daughters Dorothy Harding of Lincoln, Betty Keller (partner John Bennett) of Enfield, Holly McCafferty (partner Tim Buck) of Lincoln and son Stephen Harding (wife Lisa) of Biddeford. He was cherished “Papa” (grandfather) to Effie Ruth Harding (Matthew Moody), Chelsea Rae McCafferty, Jordan Shea McCafferty Harris (Jonathan Harris), Jacey Harding Keller, Seth Arthur Harding and Chloe Corinne Harding. His great grandchildren include Emery Colbath; Xander, Bodhi, Kilaynea and Whyatt Harding Moody; and, Reagan and Parker Harris with the anticipation of two more before 2021. Harold was also “Papa” to the Guiod’s – Gina, Tim, Nancy, Margaret, Nick, Sam, Matthew A, Matthew T and Legend - and to Madalynn, MacKenzee and Matthew Moody. He leaves his brother-in-law Elliott R. Potter and wife Bonnie of Tolland, Connecticut, four nieces, two nephews, and their extended family members.

He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers-in-law Arnold H. Sibley and Billy R. Jones and, within the last year, his younger sisters, Eunice Sibley of Lincoln and Ann Jones of Norwood, Massachusetts; his daughter Dottie’s partner Cecile Pelletier and great grandson Linc Harding Moody.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the ”Hal-Jo’s Angels”, a group of various caregivers over several years’ time. Their dedication and care has made it possible for Harold and Joyce to remain together in their home enjoying each other in familiar surroundings.

Due to Covid restrictions, services will be held for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Congregational Church of Lincoln or the American Cancer Society. Funeral and burial arrangements are being provided by Lamson Funeral Home, Lincoln. interment will be in the Lincoln Cemetery.
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    Location
    Lincoln Cemetery
    Address
    Main Street
    LINCOLN, ME 04457
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    Interment will be private.

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Corrie & Kozmo & Family

Posted at 08:49am
So enjoyed our talks of birds, animals, and many other things. You are gone of this world, but your kind soul will live on in the hearts of all.

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Peggy and Neil Murray

Posted at 05:44pm
I have known C.Harold Harding for what seems like forever. I am one of the few people who knows Harold isn't his first name. That knowledge comes from the many years of introducing him as the evenings Special Mason at Rainbow meetings. As life circles around the way it does, he became "Papa". Harold is one of the nicest men I know. My favorite Harold story is several years ago when he attended a Masonic event and did not immediately recognize Neil, he approached, extended his hand and introduced himself, and of course Neil introduced himself as well...they shared a laugh and for several years after would greet each other by extending a hand and introducing themselves all over again, with huge smiles!
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Mary Richard

Posted at 10:22pm
Dear Joyce and Family

I am so sorry for your loss of Harold. When I lived in Lincoln, and we ran into each other, he was always willing to stop and talk. We had a connection as my Dad worked at the Bangor Post Office. He will be missed by many. We know he is at peace and I pray that all of you will find peace as well.

Blessings to all

Mary Richard
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Debbie Tardy

Posted at 07:50pm
My sincere sympathies to each of you, Joyce, Dottie, Betty, Holly and Steve and your loved ones. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and as I look at your Dads photo dozens of images come flooding into my old poor memory. However every single memory has one common theme - Harold attempting to look stoic for the first second and then that large broad smile would start to form and some quick witted comment would follow. How wonderful that you each can continue to share his smile and humor. It has been a blessing and joy to be able to have shared so many moments with your family and your dad. Hugs to All. Debbie Tardy and Family
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Belinda Trafton

Posted at 07:39am
Joyce, Dorothy, Betty, Holly & Steve and families,
we're so sorry to hear of your loss of your husband and dad. 93, wow, he lived a good life. Your mom and dad were lucky to have all of you to help take care of them so they didn't have to leave home. May you all find peace now. Take care of each other and remember the good times. We're sending our deepest sympathy to you all.
Belinda (Milner) & Glenn Trafton
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