John Joseph Harmon

NORWAY, Maine - John Joseph Harmon, 78, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, with his loving family at his side at home. He was born May 28, 1934, in Brockton, Mass., son of Maurice G. Harmon and Mary Ann Rita (Herbert).

He was a 1953 graduate of Whitman High School and in September 1954, he joined the Air Force, where he served his country proudly. He took great pride in his expertise in all areas of interior and exterior surface preparation and covering. Some of his work was published in four issues of "Better Homes and Gardens." John enjoyed politics, he was a staunch Democrat and supported gay rights and equality for all. He was the family historian and his family will miss his stories behind every family photo. He enjoyed music and would play his records on the old record player inspiring nieces and nephews to love a variety of music. We will be forever grateful. He enjoyed family parties and had great memories from Cary Street, Myrtle Avenue and Surf Drive. He was a loving uncle and brother; we will miss his smile, his great sense of humor and his Santa belly laugh. He will be lovingly missed by family and many friends.

He is survived by his sister, Maureen Simmons; brother, Robert Harmon and wife, Leona; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Margaret Virginia Dwyer; and nephew, Michael Dwyer.

Interment with a military service will take place in the spring at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Mass. Arrangements under the care of Oxford Hills and Weston Funeral Services, 1037 Main St., Oxford. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 27, 2013