Everett T. Harding

Apr 16, 2018
Everett Harding

Brooklyn, Conn. — Everett T. Harding, 87, formerly of Hawkins Road, Woodstock Valley, Conn., died Wednesday, April 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Helen (Payson) Harding; they were married July 22, 1951. Everett was born Oct. 15, 1930, in Madison, son of Daniel and Velma (Clark) Harding, who predeceased him.

After many moves around the state of Maine, the family finally settled in Camden. He met the love of his life at Camden High School and graduated in 1949. In 1951 he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. After leaving the service, he and Helen moved to Chicago, where he attended DeVry Institute and received his associate degree in engineering. \

Everett and Helen moved to Eastford, Conn., in 1956, where he began a career as a test engineer at Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford, Conn. He retired in 1991 after 35 years. He was a 37-year member of the Putnam Lodge 46, a member of Trinity Chapter 9, Montgomery Council 2, and St. John's Commandery 11 Knights Templar. He was also a member of Elks Lodge Willimantic 1311, American Legion Eastford Post 203, a 50-year member of the Eastford Independent Fire Company, Order of the Eastern Star Betty Putnam 106 and a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Woodstock Valley, Conn..

Everett loved the time he spent with his family and friends at his camp in Lincolnville, enjoying lobsters on the deck and playing cards at night. He was generous to a fault, making sure everyone was well fed. No one ever left hungry. He was a loving husband to his wife, father to his children, and wonderful grandfather and great-grandfather. He simply loved everyone he met, and it only took a second to fall in love with him. He was so kind and had the best sense of humor.

He leaves his wife, Helen, of Brooklyn, Conn.; daughters Doreen Harding Holt and her husband, Ken, of Putnam, Conn., Pamela Harding Kersh and her husband, John, of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandchildren Benjamin Shead and his wife, Kathryn, of Thompson, Conn., Alison Shead of Santa Ana, Calif., Ethan Kersh of Virginia Beach, Va.; great-grandchildren; Isabelle Shead, Zachary Shead, Samuel Shead; sister Barbara King of Gorham; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Scott E. Harding, in 2004.

Calling hours were held Saturday, April 14, at the Smith and Walker Funeral Home, Putnam, Conn. The funeral service was Sunday, April 15, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Woodstock Valley, Conn. He will be buried in the family lot in Maine with his son, Scott, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd, P.O. Box 747, Woodstock, CT 06281. Share a memory at smithandwalkerfh.com.

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