, Newburyport, MA

September 10, 2013

Thomas Joseph Harding

Newburyport, MA — Thomas Joseph Harding, 94, of Newburyport, died early Monday morning, September 9, 2013, at Anna Jaques Hospital with his loving family by his side.

Born in Lowell on October 24, 1918, he was the son of the late John W. and Mary J. (Welch) Harding. He was a graduate of Lowell Technical School.

Mr. Harding was a proud veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy from April 9, 1942 until his honorable discharge on October 27, 1945, with the rank of Electronics Mate 2nd Class. He had been stationed in the South Pacific.

After his military service, he went to work for Sears & Roebuck in Lowell, where he was the service technician/manager, retiring after 42 years of service.

As an accomplished figure skater, he enjoyed many hours on the ice, perfecting and improving his moves, always aspiring for greater accomplishments. He was also an avid sports fan, especially interested in baseball. He was a veritable walking encyclopedia of baseball facts. However, his greatest joy came from spending time with his family and friends, whether having a quiet conversation, or backyard cookout, sports event, or holiday celebration, memories were made, shared, remembered, and treasured.

His survivors include his beloved wife of 60 years, Estelle A. (Lyons) Harding of Newburyport; his son, Daniel T. Harding and wife, Catherine, of Amesbury; his sister, Christina Frawley of Dracut; and several nieces, nephews and many dear friends, all of whom will truly miss him.

ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport. Funeral services at the funeral home will be on Friday, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a graveside services at 1:30 p.m., at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, 71 Derry Road, Hudson, N.H. Kindly omit flowers, instead, donations in his memory may be made to Newburyport High School Baseball Alumni Association, c/o 16 Coltin Drive, Newburyport, MA 01950, or at