Leonard W. Harding, age 96

of Quincy

Leonard W. Harding, age 96

Leonard W. Harding, age 96, of Quincy, formerly of Holbrook, died peacefully, Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Hancock Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Leonard was born in Quincy, to the late Harry W. and Lillian G. (Williams) Harding. Raised and educated in Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1941, and Westminster College in Pa., Class of 1949. Len was listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American universities and colleges.

He recently lived in Quincy for two years, previously in Holbrook for sixty-three years.

Len was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation cadet aboard the USS Mission Bay (CVE-59) aircraft carrier. Notably, the USS Mission Bay escorted President Roosevelt on-board the cruiser Quincy as he returned from the Yalta Conference. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters.

Len was a mechanical engineer and began his career alongside his father at the former Harding Welding & Piping Corporation in Quincy. As Len began his career, he took courses at Franklin Technical Institute and MIT. He then worked for Shooshanian Engineering, Inc. in Boston for ten years and with the BR+A Engineering Company in Boston for twelve years. He retired in 1998.

He was a lifelong active member of the Fort Square Presbyterian Church in Quincy where he served as a past Elder, teacher of Christian education, and choir member. Len was also the former Chairman of the Holbrook School Committee, Past President of the N.E. Mechanical Contractors, former member of the Kiwanis Club of Quincy, and poll worker in Holbrook. Len also volunteered at South Shore Hospital as a chaplain’s aide and escort. He enjoyed gardening and working around his home.

He co-authored a book, with Lloyd Allen, called “Spiritual Secrets of Aging Mall Walkers and Friends”.

Beloved husband for seventy years of Patricia J. (McClure) Harding.

Devoted father of Jodi Fletcher and her husband Donald of Abington, Paige Mino and her husband Mario of Guatemala, and Roberta Gansenberg and her husband Alan of Salem.

Loving grandfather of Corey Fletcher, Kyle Fletcher and his girlfriend Jill Zahareas, Ian Fletcher, Jenni Rose (Mino) and her husband Alejandro Castroconde, Kelly (Gansenberg) and her husband Christian Stein, Tracy (Gansenberg) and her husband Ryan Cox, and Cammy Gansenberg.

Cherished great-grandfather of Liam, Langdon, Josephine, and Lilah.

He was predeceased by his sister, Lois M. Marshall, and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Due to limited occupancy at the church, Memorial Services at the Fort Square Presbyterian Church will take place privately. The service will be livestreamed on Thursday, October 15, at 10 a.m. at https://www.facebook.com/FortSquarePresbyterian/live/. Graveside Services, with military honors, will be conducted at Union Cemetery, 199 Union Street, Holbrook, on Thursday, October 15, at 12 p.m. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Leonard’s memory may be made to the Fort Square Presbyterian Church Mission Fund, c/o 16 Pleasant Street, Quincy, MA 02169.

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  • My Dad met Len through Len’s welding business and spoke of him often (and fondly) during my childhood. I later had the pleasure of knowing Len myself through his volunteer work at South Shore Hospital. A classy gentleman. My condolences to his family.

  • Dearest family and friends of Len, I am so sorry for your loss. The world was blessed by such an amazing and accomplished man from the greatest generation. His legacy of good works and deeds in his military service, professional skills, family devotion and spiritual faith are a shining light for us to follow. Surprised to learn that he also was an author, but I’m also not surprised as it seemed he could do anything, In the arms if the angels, rest in peace Len.
    Love and condolences,
    Sue O’Leary

  • I never knew Mr. Harding, but I have known his daughter, Roberta, for many years. She is such a sweet, lovely person, she had to have wonderful parents. I’m so sorry he’s been called home without ever meeting him.

  • It was always a pleasure to meet Len and Pat either at Fort Square or around town in Holbrook. We are so sad at his passing for all his friends and family. He and Pat were youthful, energetic and engaged in life whenever we met. He will be remembered fondly.

  • I wrote the post below on Facebook and wanted to post it here as well for those who do not use Facebook.

    Thank You all for your sympathy, prayers, condolences, comfort and thoughtful comments. I know everyone jokes about having “friends” on facebook and how facebook friends are not real friends. Reading through all these comments today I don’t feel that way. As I read through all the heartfelt comments I could picture each one of you and I could hear you speak to me and feel your handshakes and hugs. Thank you to all who have reached out to Alan Gansenberg and I and all our family. You are all true friends. My Father was all of those things that are written in his obituary and much much more. He was an eternal optimist; always looking to put a positive spin on any situation. He loved to write; his BA was in journalism. He once told me he would have chosen a career in journalism had his father not told him that he needed him to come help in the family business. So that’s what he did. That was who he was. He loved his family and was always so proud of us – and much to our embarrassment would tell everyone about us LOL. He especially loved his wife, my mom Patricia. They did everything together. She was his jewel and he always wanted her by his side. Whenever my mom would send out a thank you card he would always write a poem and include it in the card. My dad loved sports. he instilled the love of sports in my sister Paige Miño and I. Sometimes when Alan and I are watching a game I will comment about the play and Alan will say “How do you know that?” or “Good Call” and I will think my dad taught me that. He shared with me the love of the outdoors. We were a camping family in the summer and a skiing family in the winter. Thinking back I am sure it was difficult to pack us all up for just a quick weekend up north but I never heard him complain. I could go on and on about how my dad touched the lives of many people. Some I know and many more I never will know. But most of all Leonard Harding was my father and I will love him forever and miss him always.