- Howard F. Harmon, 96, passed away peacefully at his home in Blue Hill on Saturday, November 26, 2016, after a short illness. He was born on May 30, 1920, in East Machias, to Keller F. and Helen F. (Huntley) Harmon. He was one of 13 children.
Howard served in the Coast Guard during World War II and then moved with his family to Ellsworth, where he opened and operated Harmon's Upholstery Shop, at his home on Elm Street. He sold this business to his son and went to live and worked at Narraguagus Estates in Milbridge until his retirement. It was there he met his second wife, Doris. They lived for many years in Harrington until her death in 1994. Howard married Jeanette Morse of Cherryfield in 1995. She predeceased him in 2016. Howard enjoyed entertaining, meeting new people, hard work, cooking, sharing stories and spending time at his camp on Tunk Lake. During his earlier years, Howard was a member of Anah Shrine, Ellsworth Rotary Club, and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Cherryfield.
Howard is survived by his sons, Monty and wife, Helen, Duane and wife, Phyllis; daughter, Zella and husband, Lenny; stepchildren, Charles Mason and wife, Gloria, and Mona and husband, Ed Skoog; nine grandchildren and stepgrandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held next summer at the Harmon family cemetery in East Machias, followed by celebration of Howard's life at Tunk Lake. Special thanks to the Hospice nurses, especially Chelsea Curtis and Susan Gundesen, for their loving care and support of our father and to the staff and residents at Parker Ridge for their kindness and friendship. Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Cherryfield, P.O. Box 515, Cherryfield, ME 04622 or to Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, 14 McKenzie Ave., Ellsworth, ME 04605. Arrangements under the care of Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth.