Harold William Bomhower, 88
Harold was born with polio and had to wear leg braces most of his life. Despite his illness he was always extremely active.
LYME, N.H. – Harold William Bomhower, 88, died late Wednesday night, March 1, 2017 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. He was born August 19, 1928 in Wilder, Vermont the son of John and Martha (Stone) Bomhower.
Harold was born with polio and had to wear leg braces most of his life. Despite his illness he was always extremely active. He grew up in Hartford, VT and graduated from Hartford High School in 1948. During his high school years he and his two brothers helped run the family farm on Christian Street in Wilder, VT. After graduation Harold worked for a short time at Tip Top Bakery and then for S.B. Manning, for many years he worked as a bookkeeper. He married Lorraine Labrie of Lebanon, NH and they had two children, Julie and Steven. They were divorced and he married Jean Smith on May 17, 1970. For a few years he worked as the bookkeeper at Hanover Hardware in Hanover, NH and then later at Clifford’s Garage, Miller Auto, Southworth Auto, and Claremont Ford where he worked for over fifteen years.
In his fifties he was diagnosed with an advanced polio syndrome and given only a few years to live. He retired at the age of 55 and he and his beloved wife made it a priority to enjoy their favorite hobbies. Together they spent much of the summer months traveling and camping in their RV. The Maine coast was just one of the many spots they regularly ventured to. In the winter they got together with friends and family and went snowmobiling. They built a log cabin in the hills of Lyme NH and enjoyed solitude of the New Hampshire woods. When Jean became too ill to live at their home they moved to Quail Hollow in West Lebanon, and when she was too ill had to move to the nursing home in Lebanon, Harold moved into the same room with his wife so that they wouldn’t be apart. During his retirement he also went on many fishing trips to Ontario with his son and his son’s friends. These fishing trips in Canada made some of Harold’s most favorite memories and quite a few of his incredible stories.
Mrs. Bomhower died October 6, 2013.
Harold was a life member of the Hartford Elks Lodge and an active member of the Lyme Snowmobile Club. He enjoyed RV camping, fishing and especially reading. Anyone visiting his home in Lyme often found him on the front porch sitting in his lawn chair with his favorite book in hand.
Besides his wife, Harold was predeceased by two grandsons, Curtis Parker and Cody Parker, as well as two brothers, Richard Bomhower and John Bomhower.
He is survived by his daughter Julie Bomhower of Hartland, VT, a son, Steven Bomhower and his wife, Tamara and their son Beau and their daughter, Bree all of Hartford, VT, two sisters, Margaret Thurston and Eva Cavanaugh both of White River Jct., VT as well as many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his step children, Nancy Cutting of Corinth, VT, Nancy’s son, Daniel of Corinth, VT, Patty Bell of Laurence, KS, Debbie Webster of Park Rapids, MN, Barbara Stanley and her husband, Keith of Enfield, NH, Frank Cutting and his wife Deena of Lyme, NH, Lee Cutting of Woodstock, VT, Donald Cutting and his wife, Tracy of Lyme, NH, several step grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A graveside service to be held 2pm Thursday, May 11, in the Highland Cemetery in Lyme, NH.
The Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct., VT has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to Harold’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com