Harry W.'s Story
Mr. Harry W. Lear, Jr., passed away with his family at his side on Friday, June 9, 2017, at age 82.
Raised in Danvers, Harry was the son of the late Harry and Grace (Smith) Lear.
He grew up at the Lear Farm and graduated from Danvers High School, Class of 1952.
Growing up, Harry would be seen riding his bike back and forth to school while carrying his sousaphone! His love of music was evident in the number and variety of bands in which he participated during his life, playing the tuba and drums. Joining the National Guard during his senior year of high school, Harry was part of the 86th Army Band, the 215th Band, the 26th Yankee Division Band, and 26th Infantry Division, marching in numerous parades. In addition, he played with the Rockport Legion Band for decades on the bandstand at Back Beach, as well as the Lawrence Colonial Band, the Aleppo Shriners Band of Wilmington, the Firemen’s Band, the Wakefield Retired Men’s Club Band, and the Danversport Yacht Club band.
Always a hard worker, Harry started his career as a machinist in Danvers Square, moving to the United Shoe Machinery Corporation in Beverly, and then enjoyed 45 years with Tru-Form Precision Manufacturing of Rowley and Plaistow, N.H. He was a member of the American Legion Post 255 in Topsfield.
Harry is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Florence, whom he knew since the 2nd grade; their daughter, Susan Lear of Maine; their son, John Lear and his friend, Lois Johnson of Maine; their granddaughter, Elizabeth Young of California; and his sister-in-law, Wilma Kenney of Topsfield. He is also survived by his two brothers, Frederick Lear of Texas and Chester Lear of New Hampshire, plus cousins, a niece, and many nephews.
His family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at Beverly Hospital, the nurses and doctors at Lahey Hospital in Burlington, and the visiting nurses and occupational therapists from Lahey Health at Home.
His funeral service will be held in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (Route 62), Danvers on Wednesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial is private. Visiting hours Tuesday, June 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Harry’s memory to the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Boston, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on  June 12, 2017