Committed to building the business community in Maine, Ned served on the committee to build the original Cumberland County Civic Center and was a director of the Portland Chamber of Commerce and creator of its monthly program format, Eggs & Issues. His name is listed on an entrance plaque at the Portland Museum of Art as a friend of the Charles Shipman Payson Building Campaign in 1983.
Immediately following his retirement, Ned volunteered as Interim Director of the Maine Maritime Museum for two years and for the next five years as a member of its Board of Directors, leading its Capital Campaign in 2002.
A lifelong competitive sailor, Ned navigated the Bermuda races several times and participated in hundreds of races from Buzzards Bay to Eggemoggin Reach. He was a member of the Harraseeket and Portland Yacht Clubs and was perpetual commodore of the Knubble Bay Yacht Club. He was also a member of the Cumberland Club in Portland, as well as an active member of the National Association of Manufacturers.
Ned is survived by his wife, Katherine (Kathy) Harding; three daughters, N.H. Rep. Anna Lawrence (Laurie) Harding and husband, Dr. Peter Mason, of Lebanon, NH, Susan and husband, Nick Preston, of Campton, NH, Linda Harding and husband, Hugh Martinez, of Newburyport, MA; two sons, Edward (Chip) and wife, Madeleine Harding, of South Berwick, ME, Michael Harding and wife, Gretchen Bear, of Seattle, WA; two stepchildren, Peter and wife, Sarah Pulkkinen, of Bronxville, NY, Kristen and husband, Dennis Bailey, of South Freeport, ME; fifteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, William (Bill) and wife, Jacqueline Harding, of Palm Beach, FL and Marion, MA.
In celebration of Ned's love of trees, his family suggests planting a tree for him in your backyard or neighborhood. Donations may also be made to the National Arbor Day Foundation.
ARRANGEMENTS: Plans for a Celebration of Ned's life are pending.