Harry E. Mathieu, Jr. of Greenfield, MA was born July 24, 1927, in Turners Falls to Harry E. Mathieu, Sr. and Blanche (Albrycht) Mathieu. Harry was educated in Turners Falls Schools and graduated from Turners Falls High School class of 1945.
In his younger years, he was a member of Troop 6 Boy Scouts of America in Turners Falls. Harry attained the Eagle Scout badge and was an Assistant Scoutmaster.
Harry is a US Army Veteran serving during World War II being honorably discharged with the rank of Tech 5 in 1947. He worked at the former Montague Rod and Reel in Montague City. He worked for a brief period on the railroad. In 1954 he started working for the Montague Machine Co. in Turners Falls as a helper. He retired in 1989 as the machine shop superintendent after 35 years of employment.
Harry enjoyed many summer vacations camping as his family was growing up. Harry enjoyed hunting and fishing. He enjoyed teaching his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren how to fish and treasured his time fishing with them. Harry was an avid Red Sox fan and attended many Red Sox games with his family. For many years Harry could be seen in his yard cutting and splitting wood for fuel to heat his home during the winter months. Harry and his wife traveled to Florida for years.
Harry married the former Catherine Galipault in Holy Trinity Church in Greenfield on September 20, 1952. Harry’s wife Catherine predeceased him on October 30, 2014.
He leaves behind a son Mike and his wife Pam Mathieu of South Deerfield, three daughters, Marilyn and her husband George Newman of Easthampton, Terri Mathieu of Turners Falls and Nancy Potwine of Tampa, Florida.
He also leaves 9 grandhildren, Mary Plumley, Amy Dion, Melissa Peters, Michael Mathieu, Jr., Luke Potwine, Zachery Potwine, Eric Mathieu, Jeremy Mathieu, Louis Paquette IV, and seven great grandchildren, Dylan Mathieu, Grace and Max Plumley, Braiden Dion, Harper Mathieu, Louis Paquette V and Alondra Paquette.
Funeral services will be held on Friday (5-13-22) at 9:15 AM from the Kostanski Funeral Home 1 Kostanski Square Turners Falls followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 AM at Our Lady of Peace Church with Rev Stanley Aksamit pastor officiating.
Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Millers Falls.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.
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