CHELSEA — A funeral service was held on Aug. 18, at the United Church of Chelsea with Pastor Tom Harty officiating for Harold C. Luce, 95, who passed away Aug. 13, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire after a brief illness.
He was born on Oct. 11, 1918, in Chelsea, son of Ernest E. and Lizzie L. (Dickinson) Luce.
He attended school in Chelsea.
On Feb. 8, 1939, he married Edith Keyes of Brookfield. Harold and Edith ran the family dairy farm in Brookfield for 15 years before moving to Chelsea. For over 19 years, Harold worked as a machinist at Cone and Blanchard Machine Co. in Windsor. After his retirement, he drove for the Stage Coach of Randolph.
On Oct. 13, 1997, Edith, his wife of 58 years passed. In his later years he traveled and spent time with his companion, Marion Gilman until her death on May 4, 2013.
Harold was a hardworking man, a good neighbor, great parent, enjoyed people and always tried to do right by everyone. At a young age, playing the fiddle was a large part of Harold’s life. He spent time playing for the Ed Larkin Contra Dancers beginning in 1934, taught others to play, played at the Tunbridge Fair and two different World’s Fairs in New York and he loved playing at Senior Citizen’s groups. He also performed at weddings, funerals, hospitals, talent shows, birthday and anniversary parties.
He was a member of the Ed Larkin Contra Dancers for 80 years, Northeast Fiddlers Assoc., Southern Vermont Fiddlers, Champlain Valley Fiddlers, Chelsea Grange #362 and the Brookfield Grange. He had been a 4-H Leader in Brookfield, served on the school and enjoyed teaching others to play the fiddle and older style dance.
Harold is survived by three sons, Russell and his wife, Cheryl of Hudson Falls, New York, Clayton and his partner, Ginny of Bakersfield, and Kevin of Chelsea; three daughters, Donna Weston of Middlesex, Martha Pickett and her husband, Lawrence and Cynthia Manning and her husband, Glenn all of Chelsea; 19 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; eight great, great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruby Traverse of Richmond, New Hampshire; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife, Edith; his companion, Marion Gilman; a brother, Edwin; and three sisters, Mabel Chambers, Nettie Thompson and Marion Barcomb.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either: Chelsea Area Senior Citizens, P.O. Box 44, Chelsea, 05038 or Ed Larkin Contra Dancers, 17 Angell Road, Chelsea, 05038.
A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.
This obituary first appeared in the August 21, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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