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Harry R. Tucker

October 1, 1940 ~ December 28, 2021 (age 81)

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Harry Russell Tucker “Pepe”, 81, of North Windham passed away peacefully at home on December 28, 2021.  He was born October 1, 1940 in Milbridge, Maine son of the late Russell and Daffa (Smith) Tucker.  As a young man he grew up in Milbridge where he loved to play basketball and earn his money digging clams and working the blueberry fields with his sisters and parents.  While playing a high school basketball game in Machias, he met the love of his life, Norma Jean (Ingalls) Tucker.  After marrying his bride, he then joined the US Navy.  While serving in the Navy they made their home in Jacksonville, Florida and started their family.  Harry served in the Navy 1960-1963, serving on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA 42 & USS Johnson DD 821 as an Interior Communications Electrician.  Following his military service, he and Norma made their home in Willimantic, and then later moved to Mansfield Center.  He began his career at Brand-Rex as a machine operator in 1963.  He proved himself with his hard work and dedication to the company, earning many accolades and promotions along the way, eventually retiring in 1996 as the Vice President of Manufacturing.  Following retirement, he and Norma split their time between their Connecticut home and their home in Bucks Harbor, Maine.  They were able to spend quality time with their families, and Harry took up fishing with his grandson Danny Jr on his lobster boat named after his family the “Six T’s”.  Harry was an avid outdoorsman.  He loved hunting, fishing and clamming, but most of all he loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  His favorite holidays were enjoyed hosting Christmas Eve at their home in Mansfield and celebrating the 4th of July on Ingalls Island in Maine.  He was the true patriarch of the family keeping everybody in line and providing a soft side when needed.  He is survived by his children Karen (Lance) Nye, Karla (Jeffrey) Grieco, and Heidi (Joseph) Tucker Dillon; grandchildren Danny Overturf, Jr. (Heather), Ryan (Morgan) Mara, Brittney Nye (Rebecca), Dylan (Rachel) Nye, Monica Bolduk (Rory) and Morgan Bolduk (Chase); great grandchildren Donovan, Ruth and Ada Mara, and Hailey and Kenzie Overturf.  He is also survived by two sisters, Amber (Leander) Stanwood and Florence Martin, both of Milbridge, Maine, along with many nieces and nephews.  He also leaves behind Arlene Thompson who has been his companion for the past 11 years.  The family is grateful he had someone special to share his last years with.  He was predeceased by his wife Norma, daughter Donna Tucker, sister Gail Ray and grandson Russell Mara. Harry’s family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St. Willimantic. His funeral service will be Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 10:00am at Living Proof Church, 38 Pompey Hollow Rd., Ashford with burial to follow at Storrs Cemetery, Storrs. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Living Proof Church, PO Box 115, 38 Pompey Hollow Road, Ashford, CT  06278 http://www.ashfordchurch.org/GIVING/Donate-Online/ or a charity of your choosing.

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Services

Calling Hours
Wednesday
January 5, 2022

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Potter Funeral Home
456 Jackson Street
Willimantic, CT 06226

Funeral Service
Thursday
January 6, 2022

10:00 AM
Living Proof Church
38 Pompey Hollow Rd.
Ashford, CT 06278

Burial
Thursday
January 6, 2022

Storrs Cemetery
North Eagleville Rd.
Storrs, CT 06268

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