Harry R. Wheeler

Harry Roy Wheeler, 76, of Bridgton passed away on Jan. 4, 2012.

Mr. Wheeler was born on Sept. 16,1936 in Plymouth, N.H., the son of Roy B. and Mable D. Barney Wheeler.

Harry was a true “Mainer” in every sense of the word — he worked hard, and wouldn’t stop. He would often talk of cutting wood with his father. Over 20 years ago, he worked for Goodwill in their workshops. It was there he met his wife, Margaret, who predeceased him some years ago.

Later, he worked for over a decade at St Joseph’s College in the kitchen. A favorite quote from his boss there was, “I wish I had three Harrys.” Harry lived for many years at the home of his good friend John Wolman, who also predeceased him in June 2010.

Harry leaves many friends at Landmark Human Resources, where he enjoyed volunteering for Meals on Wheels and from which he recently retired after many years. He will be missed by his friend Sheila, along with his friend Caroline, among others from Landmark who knew him well.

Harry had a great sense of humor. Harry laughed when he watched “I Love Lucy.” He liked to ride on motorcycles and go to farm stands to get fresh vegetables. He liked to play pool and bowl, and was happy to beat you at either. He loved to go out and eat fried scallops and shrimp. He loved coffee ice cream and going to the Gazebo to eat it on a hot day in the summer and sit under the big umbrellas. He loved to go to Ricky’s Diner. When at home, Harry liked to watch westerns (his favorites were “Bonanza” and “The Cisco Kid”). He would give you the “blow-by-blow” details of what was going to happen. When he knew you well enough, he would talk about his mom and how she watched television with him. He chatted about everyday things and memories of the past and his accomplishments — things that he was proud of, such as lighting the torch at Special Olympics. When Harry smiled, his smile simply dazzled.

Harry will be fondly remembered by his friend and housemate, Toni, as well as his many friends from Good Neighbors, Inc., including Dorothy, Stuart, Kristjan, Jennifer, and many others who were privileged to know him, along with good friend, Marty Golden of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

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