Richard Thomas Harding passed away from natural causes in Buffalo, NY on July 5, 2014, surrounded by his family. Richard was born on June 8, 1925 in Watertown, NY, the son of Thomas Ralph and Evelyn (Hubbard) Harding. Upon graduation from Immaculate Heart Academy in Watertown, he was inducted into the Army in September, 1943 where he saw active service at Anzio, Italy and was awarded the Bronze Star.
After returning from World War II, he married Beverly J. Barber of Watertown at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church on June 19, 1948 and studied commercial art at Farmingdale State College. Richard’s professional career included numerous years as Branch Manager for the Holland Furnace Company and later, as President of MRS Printing, Inc. in Gouverneur, NY, publishing the Fort Drum Sentinel, North Country Catholic, Gouverneur Tribune-Press, Town & Country News and the Pulaski Democrat, among others. Richard subsequently earned a Bachelor’s of Professional Studies degree from SUNY Empire State College.
Richard is survived by his wife, Beverly, of sixty-six years; his brother, John E. Harding of Dexter, NY; three sons and their spouses, Rick and Andrea (Frazer) Harding of Farmington Hills, Michigan; Mark and Ellen (Ryan) Harding of Elma, NY; and Terry and Debra (Mattice) Harding of Buffalo, NY; and one daughter, Karen (Harding) Lashomb of Buffalo, NY; three grandchildren, Eric (Carrie Shaw) Lashomb of Clayton, NY, Taylor Harding of Buffalo, NY, and Terence Harding of Brooklyn, NY; and two great grandchildren, Nate and Eli Lashomb of Clayton, NY.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 6:00 p.m. on August 9, 2014 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Watertown. Memorial donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Foundation, 668 Thompson Street, Watertown, NY 13601.