LOUIS ALFRED HARMON 1933-2018
- MM 1961, WM 1974, Bristol
- Member 1996, Mount Holyoke
- Member 1997, The Masters
- DDGM, Attleboro 28, 1984-1985
- Grand Marshal 1996-1998
- Senior Grand Warden 1999
FROM TROWEL, 1996
From TROWEL, Spring 1996, Page 5:
It was no surprise to Myrna Harmon when her husband accepted the request from Grand Master Arthur E. Johnson to serve as Grand Marshal. "My husband has been a man of commitment and forsaking the winters in Florida for the cold of New England is no problem." While there are several miles between the Grand Master's home in Hingham and Lou Harmon's home in Plainville. plans have already been mapped for meeting places. They met when both were active in the Grotto. The Grand Master was Grand Monarch in 1985 and Lou Harmon is a Grand Trustee of the Supreme Council. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force (their son Ray is a Master Sergeant of the Air Force) and graduate of Johnson and Wales College with a Associate Degree in Science Management, Lou retired in 1988 after 38 years at the Northrup Corp. of Norwood. Forty-three years of marriage with Myrna have resulted in three sons and three daughters and six grandchildren. They have both served on the Advisory Board of North Attleboro Rainbow Assembly. Myrna was Mother Advisor for five years and is a member of Anglestone Chapter No. 118, Eastern Star. "She spent most of our married life raising six children and supporting my many Masonic endeavors." Daughters Sandra, Lori and Kristen have all been Worthy Advisors of Rainbow and son Mark is a Past Master Counselor of Avan Chapter, Attleboro, Order of DeMolay. Gary is their second son.
Raised in Bristol Lodge, North Attleboro, where he was Worshipful Master in 1974 and Secretary since 1976 (except for five years), Lou was the District Deputy Grand Master of the Attleboro 28th Masonic District 1984-85. He is a member of Rabboni Royal Arch Chapter of North Attleboro and Attleboro Council, Royal and Select Masters. He is a member of Bristol Commandery No. 29, Attleboro, Palestine Temple, Shrine, of Cranston, R.I., and Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Boston. He was the founder and chairman of the Attleboro 28th Masonic District Scholarship Fund.
Active in the Grotto since 1977 and the Plainville United Methodist Church, he is a disabled veteran but with a lot of gusto and the President of the Board of Directors of Orange Blossom Ranch, their Zephyr Hills, Florida condominium where he might have been hitting golf balls in January rather than shoveling a record-breaking snowy winter in Plainville. But such was the choice of a committed man and his faithful wife.
From Sperry-McHoul Funeral Home web site, April 2018:
Louis A. Harmon passed away on April 12, 2018 at the Tampa Veteran's Hospital after a brief period of failing health. He was surrounded by the love of his family when he passed.
He was the son of the late Lois and Ray Harmon and the youngest brother to the late Ralph, Robert (Bob) and Roger Harmon. He was born in Boston, MA on November 1, 1933 and spent the summers of his younger years working on a farm on China Lake in Maine.
In 1952, after graduating from Jamaica Plain High School, Lou enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War. As a result of his service to our country, he is a United States Air Force Korean War Veteran and also a Disabled American Veterans Life Member. In 1953, while on leave, he married the love of his life Myrna-Jane Sundell. They were married for 65 years before her passing on January 11, 2018. Lou and Myrna were wonderful parents to their six children; Ray, Sandra, Garry, Lori, Mark and Kristen.
Never one to be idle, Lou was very active throughout his life. He ran track and played basketball while in high school and after he married, he square danced and played cards with Myrna and friends. As his children got older, camping became a favorite family adventure.
While working at Northrup Corporation as supervisor of the Final Test Department in the Aerospace Division, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at night from Johnson & Wales College.
At the age of 55, Lou retired and he and Myrna spent their winters in Zephyrhills, Florida where they made many new friends and spent their summers at their home in Plainville, Massachusetts.
He was very active in the Fraternal Order of Masons, was a member and held the top office in many of the following organizations: Bristol Lodge A.F. & A.M. - Past Master & Past Secretary, The Masters Lodge A.F. & A.M., Wellesley Lodge A.F. & A.M., Mount Holyoke Lodge A.F. & A.M., 17th Lodge of Instruction - Past Master, District Deputy Grand Master of Attleboro 28th Masonic District, Grand Marshal of Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and Senior Grand Warden of Grand Lodge of Massachusetts; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Bodies - Valley of Boston: Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, Mount Olivet Chapter, Rose Croix, and Massachusetts Consistory, S.P.R.S.; York Rite: Rabboni Royal Arch Chapter, Attleboro Council R. & S.M.M., Bristol Commandery No. 29 K.T. and St. Bernard Commandery No. 12 K.T. - Guard; Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Forederatis; Shrine - Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. - Adjutant; Grotto: Nava Grotto M.O.V.P.E.R. - Past Monarch, Taleb Grotto M.O.V.P.E.R. - Trustee, New England Grotto Association - Past President and Supreme Council M.O.V.P.E.R. - Grand Trustee; South Eastern Massachusetts Past Masters Association; Order of Eastern Star - Anglestone Chapter #118 and Demolay - Sir Galahad Chapter - Chaplain.
He will be remembered for his kind heart, warm personality and dedicated service to his country and masonry; but more importantly, he will be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Lou is survived by his loving family, Ray (son) and his wife Valerie of Summerset,SD; Sandra (daughter) of North Attleboro, MA; Garry (son) of Port Arthur, TX; Lori (daughter) and her husband Kenneth of Gilford, NH; Mark (son) and his wife Jamie of North Port, FL; Kristen (daughter) and her husband Kevin of Fayetteville, GA; 11 grandchildren: Tiffany, Cassie, Meredith, Brian, Erika, Brett, Nicole, Samantha, Stephen, Christopher and Robert; 4 great grandchildren: Makennah, Kylie, Henley and Aria.