2005-08-04 / Obituaries

Howard Wallace Harding Jr., 78

Howard Wallace Harding Jr., 78, of Walcott Avenue died July 27, 2005 at home after a 10-year struggle with cancer. He was the husband of Mary Brooks (Mengert) Harding.

Born in Brockton, Mass., he was the son of Howard W. and Lillian Shores Harding. He graduated from Brockton High School in 1944 and attended MIT, but left to enter the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1945. He served briefly on a Liberty ship in the Merchant Marine service, then returned to MIT. He transferred to Babson College and graduated in 1952.

During the Korean War he joined the U.S. Navy and was a lieutenant junior grade on a seaplane tender in Japan. Upon leaving the Navy, he worked as a sales engineer for various companies before becoming vice pres-ident then president of Lodding Engineering Co. in Auburn, Mass. When Thermo Electron Corp. acquired Lodding, he continued as assistant to the president, retiring in 1983.

A year-round resident of Jamestown since 1973, he was an enthusiastic sailor, and after retirement volunteered with the Jamestown Historical Society, acting as curator of its historic windmill and overseeing a major restoration of the mill in 2000. Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Emily B. Harding, Mary A. Dombroski, Sarah M. Harding, and four grandchildren.

Friends are invited to a memorial gathering at the Conanicut Yacht Club on Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Gifts in his memory may be made to the Jamestown Historical Society Windmill Fund, P.O. Box 156, Jamestown, RI 02835.

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