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BANGOR & CARIBOU - Peter A. Harmon passed away peacefully, July 17, 2015 at his home in Bangor at the age of 50. Peter was born August 15, 1964 in Caribou, the third child of Thomas A. and Annette (Levasseur) Harmon of Caribou, ME.

Peter grew up in Caribou and graduated from Caribou High School in 1983. Peter went on to graduate from the University of Maine in 1987 with high distinction in Bachelors of Science, Mechanical Engineering Technology. He received the Presidential Academic Award his senior year and was a member of Tau Alpha National Honors Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry. During his time at UMaine, Peter proudly continued the legacy from his Dad, Thomas, as a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity serving as chaplain, assistant treasurer, and scholarship chairman. He also served on the student chapter of the Newman Center Parish Council holding positions as President, Vice President, and chairman of the Church Life Committee.

Pete was an astute mechanical engineer who worked for SD Warren Paper Mill in Westbrook, Maine as a laboratory engineer in its research program. Peter focused his expertise on the dry end of the paper making process specifically in high gloss paper coatings such as those used in magazines like National Geographic and Sports Illustrated. His proficiency in paper coating and the dry end of the paper machine, led to his advancement as a troubleshooter at the Muskegon Pulp and Paper Mill in Muskegon, MI. In Muskegon, Peter's exceptional troubleshooting skills helped re-direct the operations, turning around and improving the end product of the Mill's coated paper product mix. His well developed troubleshooting skills were also fully utilized in engineering assignments held at the Somerset Pulp & Paper Mill, Somerset, Maine.

Peter was always admired for his incredible work ethic, sense of adventure, athleticism that extended into every sporting endeavor he played, fun streak of mischievousness, and keen financial sense. His financial savvy first emerged when, as an enterprising youth, Peter began a 100+ daily paper route delivering the local newspaper throughout his neighborhood on the north side of Caribou. Whether it was a snow blizzard, blistering wind chills, pelting rain, sunshine or the 4:30 am early deliveries during the fall potato harvest, Peter delivered papers tirelessly everyday until he graduated from high school concurrent with academics and three season HS sports. He saved every penny from his newspaper route and part time jobs which allowed him to pay his own way through college at the University of Maine in addition to paying cash for his first new car before he graduated. Outing club adventures, mini biking through potato fields and back country roads to his grandparent's farm in Perham, luge type sledding through neighborhood backyards, mountain biking, backpacking, canoeing, and hunting were all marked with curiosity, excitement and a vigorous exploration of new trails, paths and waterways. Peter's natural athleticism earned him achievements as Maine All State High School Goalie, Singles Tennis MVP and XC Skiing county and state championships for Caribou High School.

Peter is predeceased by his beloved grandparents, Perley and Ella (Albert) Harmon of Perham/Caribou and Eddie and Alma (Cyr) Levasseur of Hamlin; and dear friend and brother-in-law, Adam Stern of Alburquerque, NM; ten Harmon/Levasseur aunts, uncles and two cousins.

Peter is survived by his loving parents, Thomas and Annette of Caribou; older brother, Gregory and wife, Kathleen of Prattville, AL; older sister Denise of Albuquerque, NM; "little" sister Suzanne (Suzy) and husband, David Withee of Bedford, NH and Southport, ME; nephews Mark Harmon of Chicago, IL, Christopher Harmon and wife, Tawni of Graham, NC, Noah Stern and Benjamin Stern of Albuquerque, NM; nieces Colleen Harmon Movsovich and husband Phillip of Syracuse, NY, Alexandra Withee and Catherine Withee of Bedford, NH and Southport, ME; one grand-niece, Olivia Harmon of Graham, NC and several Harmon/Levasseur cousins, aunts, and uncle.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Holy Rosary Church, 31 Thomas Avenue, Caribou, ME. A private family burial will be held at Evergreen Cemetery, Caribou. Please join Peter's family for a luncheon reception, sharing, and listening of fun memorable stories as we pay tribute to Pete at Holy Rosary's Parish Activity Center immediately following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Health and Counseling, ACT Services, PO Box 425, Bangor, ME 04402 or Holy Rosary Church - Parish of the Precious Blood, 31 Thomas Avenue, Caribou, ME 04736.

Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor.
Published on  August 1, 2015
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