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Harold A. Wisell

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WEST END, N.C. -- Harold A. Wisell, 84, of West End died Saturday, March 3, 2007, at HCR Manor Care in Pinehurst.

Born in March 26, 1922, in Rutland, Vt., he attended Rutland High School. He was a ski instructor at Pico and then at Bromley Mountain, where in 1952 he became the director of the ski school.

Together with Ferdinand (Nundy) Bongartz, Harold built the Ski-Light Lodge, a local Manchester, Vt., landmark in the late 1940’s. Herald and Nundy became business partners opening Manchester Woodcraft in 1952, creating and selling unique wooden products. The business continues to thrive under the faithful guidance of the Bongartz family.

Harold’s creative energies also led him to develop and manufacture his own brand of wooden water skis under the “Sun Fun” label. At age of 50 he took up horseback riding and was soon competing in a variety of eventing and jumping competitions with his quarterhorse named “Poco”.

Harold was most proud of the many cross-country horse jumping courses he designed and built, which became popular in eventing competitions throughout the Eastern United States. He also designed and constructed many houses in Vermont and North Carolina with his own hands and often said that there was nothing he could not build from a piece of wood.

While on the slopes of Pico Mountain, he met his first wife Lois, a New York textile designer. They married in 1946 and settled in Manchester.

Harold also served the community as Manchester town treasurer for more than a decade. His daughter, Gwenn, followed in his footsteps by being twice elected for the Manchester school board.

Harold’s passion for skiing was also passed down to Gwenn and to her brother Kurt, who directed the Bromley outing club during the 1970’s.

Harold later met Jean Rogers, of Pownal, Vt. They married in 1996, and retired in North Carolina, where they built their home, and shared their love of horses, warm weather and each other.

Harold has survived by his wife Jean, of West End, his son, Kurt, of Queensbury, N.Y., his daughter, Gwenn Perkins, of Manchester, Vt., and three granddaughters, Elizabeth Wisell, Hannah and Molly Perkins.

A private memorial service will be held in the spring. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Charles.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.

Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is serving the family.

Information provided by the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 6, 2007
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