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Harald Holm

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Harald Thorgeir Holm

1933 - 2016 Harald Holm, 83, of Brattleboro, died peacefully Sunday, May 8 at home at Bradley House. He was a Renaissance man. He spoke many languages; played many instruments (piano, harmonica, mandolin, kokle), and he loved singing, skiing, hiking, biking, dancing, woodworking, furniture building, knitting, reading, and gardening. Born in Skien, Norway, he came to the U.S. in 1958, and worked for Proctor & Gamble Cincinnati for two years. He then moved to Longview, WA, where he and Martha Wayrynen were married in 1963. They moved to Seekonk, MA, in 1973 and to Clearwater, FL, in 1977. There, they joined the Sons of Norway Suncoast Lodge where Harald led De Glade Norske (The Happy Norwegians) folk dancers. They also sang in De Glade Norske choir and in the Unitarian Universalist Church choir. In 1987, they moved to Brattleboro. They immediately joined All Souls Church, and he sang in the choir until two weeks before he died. He retired in the late 1990s, and his beloved Martha died in 2000. He continued to support many All Souls' programs and events, serving on the board, and creating the newsletter and annual report. He also worked for Brattleboro Community Television from 2001-2010, where he received a national award for his work on BCTV's on-screen community bulletin board. In 2011, he moved to Bradley House, where he received loving care until he died. Harald is survived by his daughter, Vibeke Arentz, and his "son-out-law" (as Harald lovingly called Jeff) Jeff Kacirk of Sausalito, CA; his sister, Anniken Mandt, of Eidsborg, Norway; his sister-in-law Edith Tokola of Vancouver, WA, and loving nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions in Harald's name may be made to BAYADA Home Health Care, 1222 Putney Road, P.O. Box 8081, Brattleboro; or Bradley House, 65 Harris Ave., Brattleboro. The celebration of Harald's life will be held Saturday, May 21 at 4:00 p.m. at All Souls Church, Brattleboro.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on May 17, 2016
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