Damon Earle Harmon

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Damon Earle Harmon, 80
CUMBERLAND - Damon Harmon, 80, of Cumberland, passed away May 10, 2018, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.
He was born Sept. 8, 1937, in Lewiston, the eldest son of Arthur and Bernice (Nason) Harmon. He grew up in Gray, attended Pennell Institute, and graduated with the class of 1955.
He served in the Army Corps of Engineers in France in 1960 and 1961. He also served as assistant scoutmaster in Gray for serveral years during the 1960s.
In July of 1969, Damon met the love of his life, Elizabeth Hall, on an Appalachian Mountain Club camping trip to Newfoundland and Labrador, led by Beth's brother, David. Damon operated the camp stove, and Beth was the cook. They found that they worked together very well, and they married Nov. 27, 1970. They had two sons, Russell and Stephen, and the family settled in an old farmhouse in West Cumberland. Damon and his family especially enjoyed camping and hiking together.
Damon worked as a cabinetmaker at N.T. Fox Lumber for many years, until the company closed in 1991. He continued with his cabinetmaking career, specializing in architectural cabinetmaking at Precision Millwork, Pappe and Romano Restoration, and R.G. Eaton Woodworks, Inc., where he worked until November 2017.
Damon was always an enthusiastic and prolific organic gardener. During his semi-retirement, Damon further developed his skill as a woodturner and founded Southern Maine Woodturners. He enjoyed turning bowls, as well as a multitude of other items, often using a variety of found wood. He especially enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm and skill by teaching others how to turn.
He was active in the Cumberland Congregational Church, UCC, where he was Sexton for many years. He also made the windows in the church sanctuary as well as many of the furnishings.
Damon was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Carlene; and his brother, Lester Dana.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; and their sons, Russell and Stephen; his brother, Paul; his niece, Lori Chason; and his nephews, Matthew and Nathan.
A celebration of Damon's life will be held in September at the Congregational Church in Cumberland.

Memorial gifts may go to:
Hospice of Southern Maine
180 U.S. Route One
Scarborough, ME 04074, or to the
Congregational Church in Cumberland
Memorial Fund
282 Main Street
Cumberland, ME 04021


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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 16, 2018
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