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Edward B Harding Back River Harding Family Edward B Harding
Birth:  Jul. 8, 1931
Mount Dora
Lake County
Florida, USA
Death:  Dec. 21, 2008
Yarmouth
Cumberland County
Maine, USA

Edward B. Harding - of Boothbay, ME died at the Brentwood Nursing Home. He attended Mt Dora High in Mount Dora, FL and graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor of arts degree in industrial arts education. Initially, Ed worked for Al Sherman in his upholstery business. In 1954, he was drafted into the U.S. Navy, served in the Construction Battalion in the Philippines until 1956, when he received an honorable discharge. In the early 1960s, Ed started his own contracting business, served as a Boothbay selectman from 1960 through 1966, was elected trustee of the Boothbay CSD in the early 1970s, was a member of the Bayview Lodge and the Kora Temple of Lewiston and was a member of the Boothbay Harbor Lions Club. In the early 1970s, Ed chaired and led the Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days, was involved with the Boothbay Region Fishermen's Festival for over 30 years and a lifelong supporter of the Chambers of Commerce and town moderator for over three decades. He was honored to receive the Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club's Lifetime Service Award in April of 2008. As well as being an incredibly civic-minded person, Ed was a master craftsman and was admired for his ability to fix most things. He was predeceased by his wife Nancy Jane Lewis (married 1952) in 1998 and surviving are children, Mary Jane (Hunter) Gilpatrick of Topsham, ME and Liz (Glenn) Van Vliet of Niceville, Fla; grandchildren, Meagan, Lauren, Alison and Alex, great-granddaughter, Ava and 6 siblings. Services will be held January 3, 2009 at Simmons, Harrington and Hall Funeral Home in Boothbay.
 

 

 

Edward B. Harding

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Edward B. Harding, 77 BOOTHBAY -- Edward B. Harding, 77, of Boothbay, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at Brentwood Nursing Home in Yarmouth. He was born on July 8, 1931, in Mt. Dora, Fla. He attended Mt. Dora High School, and graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor of arts degree in Industrial Arts Education in 1953. In 1952, he married Nancy Jane Lewis of Boothbay. They would make their home there for 45 years. Initially, Ed worked for Al Sherman in his upholstery business. In 1954, he was drafted into the U.S. Navy. He served in the Construction Battalion in the Philippines until 1956, when he received an honorable discharge. In the early 1960s Ed started his own contracting business. He and his crew built many quality homes throughout the region. He served as a Boothbay Selectman from 1960 through 1966. He was elected trustee of the Boothbay CSD in the early 1970s. He was a member of the Bayview Lodge, and the Kora Temple of Lewiston. He was a member of the Boothbay Harbor Lions Club. In the early '70s, Ed chaired and led the Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days. He was involved with the Boothbay Region Fisherman's Festival for over 30 years. He was a lifelong supporter of the Chambers of Commerce and town moderator for over three decades. He was honored to receive the Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club's Lifetime Service Award in April of 2008. As well as being an incredibly civic- minded person, Ed was a master craftsman and was admired for his ability to fix most things. He loved his family and always stood ready to help his neighbors and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Nancy in 1998. Surviving are six siblings; daughters, Mary Jane Harding and husband Hunter Gilpatrick, Liz Van Vliet and husband Glenn; grandchildren Meagan, Lauren, Alison and Alex; and great-granddaughter Ava. Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, at Simmons, Harrington and Hall in Boothbay. Arrangements are entrusted to Simmons, Harrington & Hall Funeral Home, Boothbay. Donations may be made to: The Boothbay Region Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 293 Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04538
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Birth:  Jun. 20, 1933
Salem
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death:  Sep. 2, 1998
Damariscotta
Lincoln County
Maine, USA

NANCY JANE LEWIS HARDING of Boothbay, ME died at Miles Memorial Hospital - she was the daughter of James S and Barbara C Willard Lewis of Hamilton, MA. Nancy was a graduate of Mount Ida College in Newton Centre, MA, was a long time mountain climber and back-packer and for several years a part time employee of Gimble's. She was a member of the Boothbay Humane Society, PTA, St Andrews Hospital Auxilary and Friends of the Library. Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Edward B Harding; daughters, MaryJane (C Hunter) Gilpatrick of Topsham, ME and Elizabeth E (Major Glen) VanVliet of Niceville, FL; grandchildren, Allison W Harding and Alex M VanVliet. A Celebration of Life will be held September 11, 1998 at the Boothbay Town Hall. Simmons & Harrington Funeral Home in Boothbay Harbor, ME is serving the family. Published in the Boothbay Register September 10, 1998. 

Harding, Edward B 32552151
b. Jul. 8, 1931 d. Dec. 21, 2008

Back River Harding Family 
Boothbay
Lincoln County
Maine, USA

 

Harding, Nancy J 108883820
b. Jun. 20, 1933 d. Sep. 2, 1998

Back River Harding Family 
Boothbay
Lincoln County
Maine, USA

 

Hodgkins, Emily Ethel 108884588
b. 1882 d. 1942

Back River Harding Family 
Boothbay
Lincoln County
Maine, USA

 

Salt, Charles W 108884613
b. 1890 d. 1915

Back River Harding Family 
Boothbay
Lincoln County
Maine, USA

 

Salt, Emily 108884700
b. 1859 d. 1923

Back River Harding Family 
Boothbay
Lincoln County
Maine, USA

 

Salt, William J 108884669
b. 1859 d. 1930

Back River Harding Family 
Boothbay
Lincoln County
Maine, USA

 

Salt, William M 108884632
b. 1880 d. 1929

Back River Harding Family 
Boothbay
Lincoln County
Maine, USA

 

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