Warren — Harlow Mank, 83, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Pen Bay Medical Center after a brief illness.
Born in Warren, Jan. 29, 1930, he was the son of Lubelle L. Mank. Raised by his grandparents, Addie and Burleigh Mank Sr. in Waldoboro, he worked with his grandfather on the family farm and in the woods as a child. He attended Warren schools and as an adult, furthered his education.
A born and bred Mainer, Harlow was a jack-of-all trades. Over the years he worked as a cook at Moody’s Diner, bus driver with Warren schools, at Dragon Cement Plant in Thomaston and as a car salesman. In conjunction with his other jobs, Harlow raised broiler chickens for Penobscot Poultry.
His family said Harlow probably found most fulfillment as a carpenter/builder. He built houses, renovated apartments, and built furniture. Quietly helping many people in need, he would rather build a small house for a family, than work on a more expensive one. He enjoyed spending weekends helping his grandchildren with building projects. He also worked with his sons at Mank Brothers Garage in Warren.
Driving his 1957 Chevy and 1940 Chevy Coupe around town was a favorite pastime for Harlow. For more than 20 years he drove the Union Fair Blueberry Queen Contestants in the Coronation. Many times he drove the grand marshall in the Warren Day Parade and in earlier years, participated as a clown in the parade. He also enjoyed riding his antique Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Never one to sit still, Harlow enjoyed Tuesday night Poker games, playing Beano, Saturday night dances, which he continued until recent weeks, family times at the cottage and holidays with all the family packed into his home.
He was a member of the Second Congregational Church of Warren, where he participated many years in the Couples Club Minstrel Shows; the Tiger Engine Company of the Warren Fire Department and was a life member of the Warren Lodge No. 127, International Order of Odd Fellows.
Predeceased by his wife Elizabeth Robinson Mank, his brother Philip Seekins Jr., and a great-grandson Kevin Emery, Harlow is survived by his long-time partner, Ruth Emery; his five children, Melody Sainio, Aleta Mank, Nola Metcalf, Kirby Mank and his wife Amy, all of Warren, Stuart Mank and his wife Bonnie of Jefferson; 10 grandchildren, Regina Gamage and her husband Joe, Shane Sainio and his wife Bonnie, Elijah Metcalf and his wife Cindy, Kyle Metcalf and her partner Mathias Hawes, Annika Metcalf and her partner Chris Anca, Lexi Mank and her partner Robert Doak, Haley Mank, Jared Mank, Sam Mank, Zachary Mank and his partner Meredith Wiemer; three great-grandchildren, Henry Gamage, Judd Gamage, Riley Johnson; his aunt Doris Paulsen of Rockland; four sisters, Doris LeClair and her husband Paul of Warren, Shirley Wooster, Faye Warford and her husband Bill, all of Thomaston; Sandra Carroll and her husband Fred of Washington; a brother Wayne Seekins and his wife Claire of Thomaston; as well as several nieces and nephews.
An hour of visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 1, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Second Congregational Church, 252 Main St., Warren, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. The Rev. Andrew Stinson will officiate. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Patterson Mill Road in Warren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Warren Fire Department, 167 Western Road, Warren, ME 04864 or Warren Lodge No. 127, I.O.O.F., P.O. Box 101, Warren, ME 04864.
To share a memory or condolence with Harlow’s family, please visit his Book of Memories at bchfh.com. Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.