Leon S. "Lee" Harding (05)

Leon S. "Lee" Harding, of Chazy, N.Y., passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at the UVM CVPH Medical Center with his family by his side, one day shy of his 82nd birthday. He was born in Elizabeth, N.J., on Nov. 26, 1934, the son of Leon S. Harding Sr. and Nancy (Pomeroy) Harding.

After spending a year at Union College in Albany, Lee received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and became a proud member of the class of 1956. During his four years at Annapolis, he majored in engineering and played battalion football. Known for his sense of humor and easy-going nature, he made many lifelong friends amongst his fellow midshipmen.

Lee met Carolyn E. Kelly in September of 1955, when she came to the Academy for a blind date, and he was immediately smitten. Less than a year later, on June 30, 1956, he and Carolyn were married in Baltimore, Md. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Lee worked in engineering, insurance, and sales before starting his most satisfying career with the NY State Lottery, from which he retired in 2008. More than any career accomplishments, however, Lee was most proud of his long and happy marriage to Carolyn and the beautiful family life they created with their five children. He was a doting "Bigfoot" to 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren (and counting). Lee is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his sister, Nancy "Toni" Pomeroy (Harding) Gordon and her husband Howard R., of Lake Placid, N.Y.; their children: John "Chris" Harding and his wife Lisa M., of Liverpool, N.Y., Laura Harding Pearl and her husband Timothy of Dover, N.H., Thomas Maxwell Harding and his wife Lisa B. of Waterford, N.Y., Elizabeth Harding Church and her husband Thomas of Cadyville, N.Y., Catherine "Rini" Harding Green and her husband Jeffrey L. of Chazy, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews. 

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 2, at the Brown Funeral Home in Plattsburgh, N.Y. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Holy Name Cemetery in Au Sable Forks, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Church or the FitzPatrick Cancer Center.