Philip M. Harmon, of Buxton, died on April 20, 2019 at The Rose Garden at Scarborough Terrace at the age of 97.
Born in Portland to Paul S. and Dorothy Harmon, he grew up in Cape Elizabeth and went on to graduate from Dartmouth College in the Class of 1943. His time in school was interrupted by his service in the Army in WWII. Phil was wounded in France and awarded the Purple Heart. He also stepped up in 1947 to fight the flames in the fire that “burned Maine”.
Phil married Mary (Pat) Brown in 1950 and they initially lived in Schenectady, N.Y., where he worked in the family business. In 1959 they moved to an old colonial home in Hollis, Maine where they raised their five children and Phil was able to indulge in his passion for growing vegetables organically. Busy with work as an accountant and his family, Phil still managed to make time for other interests. He was a voracious reader and loved road running, downhill skiing with his children, golf and cross country skiing.
Phil was a quiet man, but one of strong principals. He believed in the equality of all people, regardless of race, sex, or religion. He took his four young daughters to a civil rights march in the early 1960s. Phil’s love of nature was a strong force in his life and he became very involved in various environmental groups after his retirement. For many years he was caretaker of a very remote section of the Maine Appalachian Trail. Into his 90s, he carefully tended his own woodlot property and harvested his own firewood. In his free time he enjoyed golf matches with his children, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. He bought a sailboat and became an enthusiastic sailor as well as a trustee for the Maine Historical Society. He was a dedicated fan at his grandchildrens’ numerous sporting events. Phil is survived by his children, Laura, Kate and husband John Hellen, Louise and husband John Chaplin, Ann and husband Joe Gallant, John and his wife Kelly Masters; and his grandchildren Paul and Joe Robinson, Owen and Maggie Chaplin, and Jake and Erik Harmon. He is missed by all of his family as well as his “adopted” daughter Candice Stover.
Services will be private at Evergreen Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Appalachian Mountain Club.