Richard D. Harding, 83, of Fairhaven, died February 14, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital, New Bedford.
He was born July 28, 1937 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts to Raymond Philip C. Harding and Florence C. (Mahoney) Harding. At the age of 2 he moved to Fairhaven, Massachusetts where he lived most of his early life and graduated from Fairhaven High School in 1955. He studied at Catholic University and lived at the Sacred Hearts Seminary in Washington, D.C. He was an ordained Catholic priest until 1971 when he was released from his vows. Over the course of his life he held many different positions including owning a used record store, selling life insurance for MetLife, adjunct university professor of religion, working as a licensed mental health therapist for CIGNA behavioral health, and eternal path walker, observing the obvious and profound occurrences throughout his days. In 2016 he was awarded Irish citizenship to his great pride and joy, highlighted here: https://rharding0728.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/how-a-rucky-encounter-with-the-u-of-f-womens-rugby-team-rescued-my-fading-irish-celebration/
He loved bird watching, travel, fishing and writing about his life and observations on his blog, Off the Beaten Path. He never met a stranger and is fondly remembered by everyone who met him.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Denise Y. (Morneau) Harding. Daughters Laura N. Harding of Minneapolis, MN and Amy R. Harding of Lake Elmo, MN. His sister Mary E. Harding and brother Philip Harding of Fairhaven, Mass. Two grandchildren Hannah and Ethan Tallen of Minneapolis, MN and numerous beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother Raymond J. Harding and his parents.
The family asks, in the spirit of RDH, to please pass on an act of kindness to a friend, family member, neighbor, or stranger as a way to honor his joyous life and fulfill his hopes and dreams to see more peace, love, and kindness in the world.
Private arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven. For memorial register please visit, www.hathawayfunerals.com.
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