Harrison Bearse "Harry" Cook

Harrison "Harry" Bearse Cook, 98, of Manchester, formerly of East Albany, Vt., passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in Manchester.

He was born in Pawtucket, R.I., on July 12, 1915, to Florence and Edward. He was raised on Cape Cod and lived most of his adult life in Connecticut. He married his beloved Mary "Molly" Damon in 1939 and was married for 60 years before she predeceased him in January 2000. He was also predeceased by their only child, Ronald Damon Cook, in 1998. Harry was a proud veteran of World War II, serving as a master sergeant in the U.S. Army. Prior to retiring in 1977, he was employed by the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Co. for over 30 years. He enjoyed gardening, listening to his old records, and was known as "Mr. Fix-it" in his old neighborhood on Chambers Street.

Harry is survived by his granddaughter, Michele Reed, and her husband, Bud, of East Albany, Vt. He touched a number of lives and leaves many special people behind, his caregivers, Lisa, Noble, and Dawn; his very good friend, Bob Samuelson Jr.; neighbors, Yancy and Maxine Tarver; and special friend, Connie French. He also has a grandson, Brian Cook, his wife, Dawn, and their daughter, Meghan, of Voluntown.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, July 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester. Burial with military honors will follow in the East Cemetery in Manchester.

Friends may call Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project Inc., P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675,


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Published in Journal Inquirer from July 24 to July 28, 2013