ACTON, Maine — Harold C. Whitney Sr., 97, of Acton, formerly a longtime resident of Kittery Point, died on July 6, 2012, at York Hospital.
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Born and raised in Wilton, N.H., he was a son of Henry G. Whitney and Mary (Mercer) Whitney and attended local schools, graduating from Wilton High School. He furthered his education at Lowell Tech before returning to the Wilton area, working for Abbott Machine Shop for a time. He met and married his loving wife Madeline (Botsford) Whitney, and together they lived in Lyndeborough, N.H. where he enjoyed membership in the Fire Department and looked forward to taking part in the Artilary Squadron during public events and parades. They moved to the Seacoast living in Eliot, while he worked for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard several times during World War II and again during Korea, reaching a combined over twenty two years of service leading to his retirement from the outside machine Shop 31.
He served his country as a member of the United States Coast Guard Reserve during World War II. He began his own construction company in the Greenbush Maine area, constructing the "Sweet Fern Trailer Park" owning and operating it for many years. While making his home in Greenbush he was instrumental in establishing, building and serving as the first Fire Chief of the Greenbush Fire Department as well as the Town Code Enforcement Officer. Harold returned to Kittery, living on the Bartlett Road, near his son for many years before making his home with his son Ronald and his wife Jacqueline in Acton for the last seven years. Harold enjoyed and looked forward to weekly time on Thursday evenings with his friends at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eliot, while he watched the group of musicians including his son George "the whistler" perform bluegrass music for the community. While his family was growing and into retirement he enjoyed many great memories at his camp in Monson, Maine on Monson Pond.
An active outdoorsman, Harold was instrumental in shaping many of the early State of Maine outdoor education classes and facilities here in southern Maine. He was nominated for the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife "Commissioners Advisory Council Award" for his tireless efforts, as one of Maine first NRA instructors, he was a founding member of the Sportsman Alliance of Maine, holding their first meeting right in Kittery Point, he was a founding member of the York County Sportsman Association and Instrumental in obtaining the land and taking a hands on lead, building the South Berwick Rod and Gun Club for many generations to learn how to be good, safe stewards of our natural resources.
He is survived by his family; eleven children, Eleanor and Richard Crouch of Greenbush, Maine, Harold C. Whitney Jr of Nachadosis, Texas, George and Fannie Whitney of Kittery Point, Maine, Nancy and Bob Hundley of Kittery, Maine, Stanley and Paula Whitney of Portsmouth, N.H., Shirley and David Ostrander of Barrington, N.H., Carol Drouin of Milton, N.H., Henry Whitney of South Berwick, Maine, Linda and Robert Chase of Portsmouth, N.H., Philip and Sylvia Whitney of Gonic, N.H. and Ronald and Jacqueline Whitney of Acton, Maine; fifty grandchildren; eighty-eight great grandchildren; thirty-seven great-great grandchildren; and five great-great-great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Madeline; and two daughters, Barbara Perkins and Particia Normandon.
Friends are invited to visit with Harolds family this coming Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the JS Pelkey Funeral Home 125 Old Post Road Kittery, Maine 03904. A funeral will be celebrated on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eliot on State Road with the Rev Elizabeth Hoffman officiating. Following burial at Brooks Memorial Park in Eliot a time of refreshment will be offered at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the South Berwick Rod and Gun Club, PO Box 184 South Berwick, Maine 03908.
Care for the Whitney family has been entrusted to the JS Pelkey Funeral Home.
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Published in Fosters from July 11 to July 12, 2012