Ernest Harwood

Ernest Dennis Harwood

Sunday, July 20th, 1930 - Saturday, September 12th, 2020
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Ernest Dennis Harwood, 90, and his wife Cathleen Mary Hier Harwood, 86, residents of Cleveland Avenue, Shaftsbury, died peacefully within hours of each other on Saturday September 12, 2020 at their home surrounded by their family.

Ernest was born in Bennington on July 20, 1930, he was the son of the late Frank Pepper Harwood and Ellen (Lane) Harwood. Cathleen was born in Bennington on March 2, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Edwoland Mary (Buckland) Hier. Ernie received his education in North Bennington and was a 1948 graduate of North Bennington High School. Cathleen received her education in Bennington and was a 1952 graduate of Bennington High School.

Ernie was a veteran of the Korean War, he served in the U. S. Marine Corps from May 6, 1953 until May 5, 1957 when he was discharged with the rank of Sargent.

Ernie and Cathleen were married at the Bennington Methodist Church on July 3, 1954. They recently observed their 66th wedding anniversary.

In earlier years Ernie worked at the former BenMont Paper company in Bennington and then was employed at the Stanley Tools Eagle Square plant in Shaftsbury until his retirement in 1992. Cathy served for ten years as the Shaftsbury Town Clerk. After leaving the town office she spent the next 20 years working in Bennington at both the Vermont District Court and Family Court until her retirement

Ernie was an avid outdoorsman he enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in his flower gardens and raising hunting dogs. He was a longtime member of the Hale Mountain Fish and Game Club. Cathy was a very active member of the Shaftsbury Methodist Church. She loved all of the various arts including oil painting and interpretative dance. She was also active in the Special Olympics Program for many years

Survivors include five children, Gail (Jason) Balch of Manchester, Brian E. Harwood of Hoosick Falls, NY, Lori (Tim) Blair of Wells, Dennis H. (Honor Thompson) Harwood of Bennington and Frank E. Harwood of Manchester; 9 grandchildren, Erica Gray, Leah Zoufaly, Nicholas Balch, Brian Eric Harwood, David Ernest Harwood, Jocelyn Elaine Harwood, Nathan James Harwood, Timothy B. Blair and Dennis Harwood along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. They were predeceased by a daughter, Susan Jane Harwood and a grandson, Lorne Blair. Ernie was pre-deceased by two sisters and two brothers, Alice Pratt, Priscilla D’Alessandro, Junior and Silas Harwood and Cathleen was pre-deceased by three sisters, Dorothy Hier, Jane Moffit and Ruth Lasher.

The funeral will be held from the Shaftsbury Methodist Church on Saturday September 19, at 11:00 a.m.

Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

The burial will follow at the family lot at the Shaftsbury Village Cemetery

All Covid 19 procedures will be followed including the wearing of masks and social distancing.

Should friends desire memorial contributions in memory of Ernest and Cathleen Harwood may be made to either the Vermont Special Olympics or the through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Shaftsbury United Methodist Church
    127 Church Street
    Shaftsbury, VT 05262
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 11:00am
    Shaftsbury United Methodist Church
    127 Church Street
    Shaftsbury, VT 05262
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    Rev. Deborah Estey
  • Interment

    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 12:00pm
    South Shaftsbury Cemetery
    Route 7A
    Shaftsbury, Vermont 05262
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Michelle Rice

Posted at 09:00am
Gail, I'm so sorry to hear of your mom and dad's passing. I know it's hard for you and your brother's and sister. I feel it's such an added blessing for your folks to be at their own home when the time came, surrounded by their loving family. I still think of all the good and fun things at your house when we were in school. You're all in my heart and prayers. Michelle Niles

Jake and Lisa Harrington

Posted at 11:03am
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. God bless and may they Rest In Peace.
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Sue & Gale Greene

Posted at 09:03pm
May the family find comfort in the many memories they hold dear to their heart. With deepest sympathy to all.

Gail Balch Posted at 04:31pm

Thank you!

Becchi Lane Oesterle

Posted at 06:43pm
So sorry to hear of Ernie & Cathy’s passing. I have found memories of going to their house on Cleveland Ave for larger family gatherings when I was growing up. Later I would see Cathy (& Frankie) if I attended Church services when I was in town visiting my parents. Cathy had a beautiful singing voice. They will both be sorely missed.

Gail Balch Posted at 04:30pm

Thank you Becchi!

Gail Balch Posted at 04:30pm

Thank you Becchi!

Gail Balch Posted at 04:30pm

Thank you Becchi!

Sandra Lenon

Posted at 12:08pm
I pray the love of God enfolds you all during your journey through grief.
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Gail Balch Posted at 04:28pm

Thank you Sandy. We love you!

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