Andover, MA — David Harmoning passed away on August 29, 2013, at Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, Mass., after a long courageous battle with prostate cancer. David was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to Harry D. Harmoning and Anna Gable Harmoning. He lived for his first 21 years in Pennsauken, N.J., and graduated from Moorestown High School. He then went on to Lehigh University where he received his BSME with “Honors.” Upon graduation he went to work at Allegheny Ballistics Laboratory, in Pinto, W.Va., as a Research Engineer working on the “Advanced Polaris” Missile. In 1966, he left ABL and went to Malden Mills, in Lawrence, Mass., as a Project Engineer to do automation. He progressed to the role of Cloth Division Engineering Manager and then to the Division Manager of the Flock Division. During his time as a Project Engineer, David received his MSIE from Northeastern University. In 1981, he went to Vertipile, in Leominster, Mass., as the Vice President of Manufacturing. After six years, he left to start Harmoning Inc., specializing in design and fabrication of custom machinery. After eight years he shut down the business and went to Spectro Coating, in Leominster, Mass., as Director of Engineering. Five years later, he went to work for Shawsheen Rubber Co. in Andover, Mass., and retired from there in 2004. David was a 32nd degree Scottish Rites Mason who belonged to St. Matthews Lodge in Andover, Mass., and was also a member of West Parish Church of Andover since 1965. In his retirement he was an active bird carver who won numerous awards. He was also an avid square dancer and a longtime member of Turkey Town Trotters of North Andover and also loved hunting and fishing.
He leaves a wife, Ellen Lambert Harmoning of Andover, Mass.; and two daughters, Deborah H. Clements and her husband, Mark, of Newburgh, Maine, and Jennifer Lane Harmoning of Lowell, Mass. He had one granddaughter, Lindsay Anne Clements.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his funeral service on Monday, September 2, at 11 a.m. in West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence St., Andover. For those who wish, David may be remembered through donations to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830 or West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover, MA 01810. For funeral home directions or to sign the family guest book, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.