H. Rushton Harwood Jr., 96: Veteran, traveler, loved sharing travel with others

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SCARBOROUGH — H. Rushton Harwood Jr., 96, died in his sleep at Piper Shores on July 14.

Harwood was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, the son of Harry R. and Mildred Regina (Dillenback) Harwood. He graduated from Classical High School in 1935, and went on to earn an A.B. in government and economics from Harvard University in 1939 and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1941.

As a member of Harvard’s 1939 Permanent Class Committee, Harwood continued to serve as class secretary throughout his life. He enjoyed planning class trips for his alma mater, and rarely missed a home football game in his reserved seats on the 50-yard line.

On May 9, 1942, in Boston, Harwood married Anna Hobbs. The morning of their wedding day, he received orders from the U.S. Navy calling him to active service. With the rank of lieutenant, he served as assistant navigator and radar officer on USS Monticello, a troop and supply ship.

Following the war, Harwood returned to Boston and pursued a long career in investments and banking, working for Suffolk Franklin Savings Bank, Vance Sanders & Co., United Investment Counsel Inc. and The First National Bank of Boston.

Harwood and his wife lived in Winchester, Massachusetts, for 52 years and raised three children there. The couple later moved to Piper Shores in Scarborough. Throughout his years in Winchester, Harwood made numerous contributions to the community by serving as chairman of the Republican Town Committee, Town Meeting member, registrar of voters, Finance Committee member, director of Winchester Red Cross and board member of the Winchester High School Parent-Faculty Association.

He loved music and regularly attended Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts with his wife. He was a devoted Mason and member of the First Baptist Church of Winchester, where he was chairman of the board of deacons.

An enthusiastic traveler, Harwood also took great pleasure in creating journeys for others. In his retirement, he accepted a position with Gateway Travel in Winchester, where he planned over 30 group trips that took family and friends to every continent on the globe, including Antarctica. He also cherished sailing with his family in the coastal waters off New England.

Blessed with good health well into his 90s, Harwood was known for his sharp wit and was always quick to share a pun. A gentleman and dedicated family man, he was easy-going and maintained an ever-present upbeat attitude.

Harwood was predeceased by his wife, Anna, in 2006, and his son, Walter Hobbs Harwood, of Portland, Oregon, who died in 2008.

He is survived by his two daughters, Regina Harwood Klooster and husband, Karl, of McMinnville, Oregon, and Martha Harwood McDavitt and husband, Stephen, of Falmouth; his daughter-in-law, Carla Harwood, of Portland, Oregon; four grandchildren, Joshua Harwood and wife, Sarah, of Portland, Oregon, Jessica Lopez and husband, Ricardo, of Portland, Oregon, and twins, Anna and Katherine McDavitt, of Falmouth; and two great-grandchildren, Noah and Maya Harwood, of Portland, Oregon.

There will be no visiting hours, and burial will be private. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17, at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, at 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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