PETERBOROUGH - Harry N. Carlson, 88, of Peterborough died at Pheasant Wood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Oct. 31, 2012.
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He was born Feb. 27, 1924, in Winchester, Mass., the son of Alfred N. Carlson and Aline Karlsson Carlson.
Harry grew up in Winchester, Mass., and spent most of his adult life in Arlington, Mass., before moving to Peterborough in 1986. Harry enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 and served an active and heroic four years before being honorably discharged in 1946. This tour of duty had him on the front lines on the beaches in France on D-Day. He was wounded twice during his tour and received several military honors, including two purple hearts. He went on to re-enlist with the United States Army Reserve and held the rank of Corporal until his honorable discharge in 1949.
Once out of the service, Harry continued his education in civil engineering and attended Wentworth Institute of Technology. He would eventually advance from an apprentice position to a junior draftsman and finally, a senior draftsman. He worked at Fay, Spofford and Thorndike and Thomas Worcester, Inc., and Highway Engineers, Inc., all of Boston. In 1964 he began working as a senior draftsman at Universal Engineering Corporation and stayed there until his retirement in 1985.
Harry and his wife of more than 62 years, Evelyn Carlson, retired in Peterborough. Art was a passion they shared, with Harry making frames for Evelyn's paintings. Harry was very involved with the Lexington, Mass., Arts Association and the Sharon Arts Center, often serving wine at the art shows. Harry was an outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed hiking, canoeing and skiing. He and Evelyn also found great joy in traveling and camping.
In addition to his wife, Evelyn, Harry is survived by his sister, Ellen Nalchajian of Mashpee, Mass., his brother, Carl Carlson, of Arlington, Mass., as well as eight beloved nieces and nephews.
Harry was predeceased by his sister, Ingrid Bemis.
Visiting hours were held Saturday, Nov. 3, at Jellison Funeral Home. A funeral service was at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home, with burial taking place immediately following the service at Pine Hill Cemetery in Peterborough. Pastor Lourey Savick officiated.
Jellison Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online guestbook or leave a message for the family, visit www.jellisonfuneralhome.com and click on tributes.
Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2012