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John F. 'Jack' Harding

October 21, 2019

John F. "Jack" Harding, 88, of Watertown  passed away Monday morning, October 21, 2019, at Lewis County Residential Facility, Lowville.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Friday, November 1, from 5 - 7 PM. The funeral service will be at the funeral home on Saturday, November 2, at 11 AM with Fr. J. Mickey Demo presiding followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery.

Jack was born in Claremont, NH on March 22, 1931, son of the late Carl F. and Helen Colby Harding and attended school in Glen Falls. He enlisted in the NY National Guard on April 1, 1947 and in the US Army on March 24, 1948. He received the Purple Heart, UN Service and Occupational Service (Japan) Medals, Korean Service Medal with Five Bronze Service Stars, and Combat Infantry Badge. While in the Army, Jack served in the front lines of the Korean War and was honorably discharged as a Corporal on March 24, 1952.       

On May 25, 1952 he married Mary Ann Marra at St. Anthony's Church with Fr. George Tobin officiating. Mrs. Harding died November 12, 2012.

He was a member of VFW Post 1400 and a former member of American Legion Post 61. He was involved with American Little League Baseball and Pop Warner and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Jack is survived by his son, Carl F., Watertown; daughter, Cathy A. Coty, Ocala, FL; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren; brother, Richard, Glens Falls; sister, Caroline, Kernersville, NC; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with his parents and wife, he was predeceased by eight siblings, Dorothy Gamache, Mary Pryor, Pauling Sanford, Charles Harding, Catherine Harding, Betty Shaw, Joan Engwer, and Edward Harding.

Three years ago, Jack was selected to participate in the Honor Flight for elderly and disabled veterans. His daughter accompanied him to Washington DC with the group and it was an experience that he talked about all the time. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Honor Flight Syracuse, PO Box 591, Syracuse, NY 13209. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#13 Sheryl Wilson 2019-10-31 23:40
Dear Cathy, Carl, and family: I was sorry to hear of Uncle Bubbie John's passing. He was and is a great warrior. I know he will greatly be missed. I am Dorothy Gamache's daughter.I hope you can write sometime. All My Love:..
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#12 Clyde Sixberry Famil 2019-10-30 14:05
The Clyde Sixberry family would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family. We only knew John for a short time but were very grateful for the friendship between Clyde and John while roommates at LEWIS County. Again we are sorry for your loss.
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#11 Connie Allen 2019-10-28 17:14
Cathy and family, condolences to all of you. I know how much you did for your Dad, Cathy. It always cracked me up that he referred to you as “Little girl” right up to his passing. How blessed you are to have so many wonderful memories of him and all that you shared. Thank you for your service Mr. Harding. I am confident that he is with your Mom and they will be keeping an eye on their “Little girl”!!
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#10 Gordon Myers 2019-10-28 07:33
Condolences to the family.
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#9 David L Bonney 2019-10-27 21:33
I hunted with Jack and his uncle Frank C. many years ago. We had many break times, and he was always a pleasure to be with. MAY he REST in peace.
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#8 Mary LaVere 2019-10-27 18:59
Cathy,Marra,Tyl er and Andrea, I’m so sad to hear of your loss. Jack was such a nice man who loved his family, first and foremost. I loved his smile.
You know I’m thinking of you guys. Breath.....love you all, Mary
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#7 Nancy kall 2019-10-27 17:54
I am going to miss all of my adventures with him, medical appt’s, shopping and of course out to eat. I had so much fun with him. Cathy, Carl and kids thanks for sharing him with. I know he is up there watching over us all.
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#6 Cathy Leon 2019-10-26 22:33
Cathy. So sorry to hear about your dad. I always loved to read of your adventures when he was with you in Florida. Please know that I am thinking of you and the girls.
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#5 Cathy Leon 2019-10-26 22:23
Cathy. So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I always loved reading about your adventures on Facebook and I am sure you were a great comfort to him. Please know that I am thinking of you
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#4 Kevin Best 2019-10-26 19:11
Hey Carl sorry for the loss of your Dad. I would like to catch up with you. Look me up online
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