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“ALL I CAN SAY IS YOUR MOM & WHERE A GREAT COUPLE THAT I WILL MISS I CAN REMEMBER YOUR MOM AND DAD GIVING ME MONEY FOR SO MANY YEARS FOR NOT MISSIG...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: PAUL FISHER - DALZELL, SC

“we would like to send our deepest sympathys..to all of howards family and friends..our prayers are with you all at this time... ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: paradise family - manchester, NH

“Thank you to everyone for your kind words. I will miss my Grandfather very much. I know he is now in a better place and back with my Grandmother, and...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Wendy Thomopoulos - Manchestet, NH

“Howard was a good neighbor and a close friend of ours for many years. My sincere condolences to the family in this time of grief. Herbert C....Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Herbert C. Stearns - Wilton, NH

“Dear Penny and family, I'm very sorry to hear of your father's passing. He really did live a long and fruitful life. I would have enjoyed meeting...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Bruce Wenning - Newton, MA

“We are so sorry for your lost and our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. He is now with the love of his life and without pain and worries. Love...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Hilda Hitchcock Cheney - Plaistow, NH

“Howard was one of my nicer customers when I worked at the Getty and Art's Hardware. You know he will rest in peace since he already seemed to at...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Sally Brocato - Epping, NH

“On the occasions we spent in your home it was a pleasure to witness the closeness and love shared by your family. Your many great memories will keep...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Bob and Connie Booth - Plaistow, NH

“We will miss Mr.Hartford enjoying his coffee and fish chowder (with no green stuff on top) at Bessies Lunch. Our condolences to his family and care...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: marci - Chester, NH

“I am sorry for the lost of your Dad. I remember always seeing him in the yard always doing something. Very frindly with his waves as i went by. My...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Richard Croteau - Sebring, FL

“Howard was tied to the early years of the Stearns family. Rev. Herbert C. Stearns was the local pastor of the Advent Christian Church in the 1930's. ...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Seth Ira Stearns - Center Harbor, NH

“Thinking of all of you and sharing your grief. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Rachel & Dick Hoblin - Romeoville, IL

“sorry to hear of your loss . BOB & SHARON HARMON ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: BOB HARMON - nottingham, NH

“Thank you Penny for this wonderful obituary, I was fortunate to visit with Dad in July and share his smiles and a hug. It was sad for me to leave...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Sandra Roberts - Largo, FL

“Roz, Nat and Families, We wish we would have known Mr. Hartford! What an amazing life he had. We're grateful he gave us you and we pray the support...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Elizabeth Endicott - Austin, MN

“Very nice Penny, this said it all about Dad, Love ROZ ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Rosalind - Manchester, NH


Howard Edson Hartford Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather 9/16/13 – 8/21/10 Epping's native-born son, Howard Hartford, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, at the end of a long and well-lived life. The only child of Ethel and Fred Hartford, Howard began school at the two-room schoolhouse in West Epping and graduated from Watson Academy in Epping in 1931. A hard-working, jack-of-all-trades, Howard built his own home across from his parents using lumber from the famous 1938 hurricane. He married Olivia Rogers, "the girl next door" in 1939 and together they raised five children. Along with his Father, Howard began a career as a roofer and ran his own roofing business for over 50 years. Roofing provided for the family three seasons of the year and Howard filled in by driving truck and working in the shoe factories in the winter. During World War II, a severe hearing loss prevented Howard from serving in the military; instead his service was as a machinist at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. In addition to his roofing business, Howard owned his own driver education business and patiently taught many area residents to drive. Howard worked on many police details including the State Police Riot Squad as well as traffic details for road construction. Howard was a deacon of the Advent Christian Church for many years and he was an active volunteer for the annual auction at New Hampshire Public Television as well as many church and civic organization events. Fearless of heights, Howard loved to be in the air, whether on a roof or in an aircraft of any type. Throughout his life, he sought opportunities to ride in bi-planes, sea-planes, gliders, helicopters, and was thrilled with a parasailing trip in his '70s. From the heights of flying to the depths under the sea, Howard was an adventurer. He enjoyed both hard-hat and scuba diving for many years. Always at home on the water, Howard also enjoyed fishing and boating and spent many happy hours "hornpouting" at Pawtuckaway Lake and deep sea mackerel fishing. Married for 67 years, Howard and Olivia enjoyed traveling all over the United States and Canada. Howard's hobbies included antiques (buying and selling); watching golf; and following his favorite Boston sports teams. Howard was an animal lover and had many beloved dogs and cats over the years (often spending dinner-time with one hand under the table with treats for his furry friends). When asked about his longevity, Howard would chuckle and say "No tobacco and no alcohol." He was a man of few words, but when he spoke, his words were worth listening to. During a family chat one day, Howard was asked to describe himself using three words, "Tall, Quiet, and Honest" he replied. And to that I would add: Patient, Generous, and Loving. Howard was a kind and honorable gentleman and appreciative of everything that was ever done for him. Howard is survived by his five children, Sandra Roberts of Largo, Florida; Rosalind Fellbaum of Manchester, NH; Lucretia Gage of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Pennylope Lewis of Sandown, NH; and Reginald Hartford of Epping, New Hampshire. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. The family would like to extend our deepest appreciation for the wonderful caregivers at Alliance Home Healthcare and later at Kirkwood Corners in Lee, NH who tenderly and lovingly cared for him these past few months. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, August 24th at 11:00AM at the Old Pine Grove Cemetery, Raymond, New Hampshire. Brewitt Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant St., Epping, NH is handling the arrangements. For more information please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.

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