Nelson D. Harding, 73, passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday, January 27, 2017. Nelson was born in Freedom on November 29, 1943, he was the son of Lawrence D. and Gladys (Thurston) Harding the youngest of six children.
He attended Besse High School in Albion and in 1962, joined the United States Marine Corps. Nelson proudly served his country with two tours in the Vietnam Conflict. Nelson was a sergeant with 12 men in his squad and was most proud that all 12 returned home.
A carpenter by trade, Nelson worked with his big brother, Dennis, forming the Harding Brothers. He enjoyed stock cars and was seen often racing #32 at Unity Raceway. He avidly attended his son Jason's activities during which time he coached Babe Ruth baseball and was an assistant leader of BSA Troop 446. Nelson was a member of China Baptist Church, Central Masonic Lodge 45 where he was a 32nd degree Mason, Washburn-Brann-Ward Post 195 of the American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts of Waterville and Fairfield.
Nelson was a caring and loving father to his son, Jason, and his fiancée, Sue. He found great joy of recent news he would be a grandfather. He was the beloved younger brother of Marilyn, Patricia and Priscilla. Nelson shared a strong bond with his brother, Dennis, and enjoyed daily conversations with his special niece, Sally; both of whom predeceased him. He enjoyed cribbage and was a fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He enjoyed karaoke at the local VFW post and throughout the state with his close friends, Sue and Brian.
Nelson was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Muriel Adams; and his brother, Dennis Harding.
He is survived by his son, Jason Harding and his fiancé, Susan Desmarais; the mother of his son, Donna Cantone; siblings, Marilyn Levesque, Patricia Higgins, and Priscilla Gould and her husband, Kenneth; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Sue and Brian Bourgoin, Roger and Sarah Ferland and Ronnie Leveque for assisting Nelson so he might remain in his home.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 3, at the Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street, Fairfield. There will be a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Friday.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 4, at China Baptist Church, Causeway Road in China Village.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Disabled Veterans National Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 96648, Washington, DC 20090-6648.
An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at: www.lawrybrothers.com
Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.
Published on  January 31, 2017