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“Art was a beloved reference of my father's firm when Lipton employed it as a packaging consultant for 2 years. He was unflinching in praise and a...Read More »
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“Was just looking for the name Harckham in U.S.A my mum's name was Northern Rosina Harckham lived in UK. RIP ”
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Arthur W. Harckham, a long-time resident of Rockland County and a World War II veteran passed away on February 15, 2017 at his home in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Arthur Harckham, know to many as Art, was born in New York City on July 31st, 1925, the son of Lina (Gattuso) and Arthur Lewis Harckham. He grew up on Long Island. He volunteered for the U.S. Army during World War II and served in the Seventh Army as a Pioneer in the infantry. He fought in France and Germany and was awarded two Bronze Star medals, one for heroic achievement in combat. During the Korean War he served in Military Intelligence and taught The Psychology of Combat Fear in Leadership school. In 2015, he was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the President of the French Republic, Francois Hollande, for fighting to liberate France in World War II. After the War he studied painting and design at the Art Students League in New York City. In 1949 he married Laura Dembrowski. Art spent the next 34 years as a packaging designer and executive. In 1953 he joined United Board and Carton as Art Director. In 1957 he joined Dixico in Dallas as Director of Design. He directed the activities of two departments that created designs for a variety of food products. At one time he could say that his designs were in every supermarket in the U.S. While living in Dallas he was instrumental in forming a citizens organization that effected the integration of the Dallas public schools. He was also Chairman of the Dallas Catholic Interracial Council that achieved the integration of the Diocesan hospital. In 1964 he moved to Rockland County, NY and joined Thomas J. Lipton as Director of Corporate and Package Design. During his tenure Lipton won over a dozen awards for packaging excellence. Arthur retired from corporate life in1984 and became a consultant to the United Nations, the USDA, and a number of foreign and domestic trade organizations. Arthur Harckham believed that since we all take from a common fountain of knowledge we must also contribute to it. He was involved for over twenty years in teaching and promoting packaging education. He was an adjunct professor at NYU and Pratt and was a frequent speaker and moderator at industry educational programs. He wrote many articles for trade publications and edited "Packaging Strategy", a college textbook. He served for many years as a lector in Catholic churches, St. Augustine's and St. Paul's, both in Rockland County. In 2004, he and Laura moved to Bloomfield, Connecticut. In retirement he returned to his first love, painting, and became interested in documenting historical sites in the Hudson Valley and began a series of paintings in acrylics and watercolors. Subjects of his other work included lighthouses and scenes from Mexico and England, where he was a frequent visitor. He also enjoyed drawing portraits and animals and was a volunteer at Edward Hopper House in Nyack, New York. Dining out and the Metropolitan Opera were two of his favorite pastimes. He was an avid bike rider and hiker and also enjoyed camping and trap shooting. The greatest source of joy for him was family gatherings and the companionship of his family. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Laura; his three sons Jared and his husband Alejandro Hernandez of Brooklyn, NY, Finley and his wife Palmer Sloan Harckham of Old Greenwich, CT and Peter and his companion Jin-Hee Stevens of South Salem, NY. He is also survived by five grandchildren; Finley, Jr., Heath, Haley, Emma and Kate Harckham. A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 26 Wintonbury Avenue, in Bloomfield, Connecticut. A reception will follow. Contributions may be made to the Charitable Foundation at Seabury in Bloomfield, CT or the charity of your choice. Carmon Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor, CT 06095 is handling his arrangements.

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