Harold J. Picard, 92, formerly of Ellington, died after a brief illness on April 13, 2013, at the St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.
Born in Old Town, Maine, on May 2, 1920, he was the son of Alderic and Lucy Bouchard Picard. Harold served in the Civilian Conservation Corp during 1937 and 1938, working on projects in both Maine and Wyoming. Enlisting in 1941, Harold proudly served his country in the United States Army
stationed in Shiptown, England, during World War II
. At the time of his discharge in 1945, Harold was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the European/African/Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal. A lover of country music, Harold loved to entertain playing his fiddle and guitar. He enjoyed traveling, and visited England and Europe several times. Visits with family in Bucksport would always include a drive to the Acadia region for a lobster cookout. Following the war, Harold worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford as a welder for 26 years. Upon retirement, Harold continued his hobbies of creating crafts with wood making intricate whirligigs and wooden toys, caning chairs, and repairing items.
Harold was predeceased by a son, Michael A. Picard; and two brothers, Donald Picard and Edmund Picard.
He is survived by a grandson, Timothy Picard of Waterford; and two great-grandchildren, Justin and Emily Picard. He is also survived by his sister, Regina Picard Minott and husband, James, of Scarborough, Maine; and brother, Roger Picard and wife, Gayle, of Abbot, Maine; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Chapel of the Maine Veterans Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta, Maine, on May 9, 2013, at noon.