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6/21/2013 11:56:00 AM
Harold W. Lash
March 23, 1921 - June 17, 2013

Harold W. Lash, 92, of Friendship, passed away at home June 17.

Born in Friendship, March 23, 1921, he was one of 14 children born to Robert, Sr. and Levilda Carter Lash. Harold grew up in Friendship and had many fond memories of his childhood, which he loved to share with family members. He was a graduate of Thomaston High School.

Following high school Harold worked in a machine shop in New Bedford for two years. He then served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during WWII. He married Elsie Bond in Jefferson, Aug. 1, 1947. Together they made their home in Friendship, raising three children.

For many years Harold worked at Lash Brothers Boat Yard and later was part owner of Sprowl and Lash in Rockland. After retirement, Harold and Elsie enjoyed traveling to Florida in their RV. Family was very important to Harold and he was always waiting with a smile and an old story for them.

Over the years Harold enjoyed sailing on the Dirigo during Friendship Sloop Races and also in the Retired Skippers Race in Castine. He was a member of the Friendship United Methodist Church since 1949, and the Friendship Lodge of Masons.

Harold was known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor. He loved meeting new people and learning about them. He was a friend to everyone he met. His children said he loved Friendship and was happy to call it his home.

He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Elsie Bond Lash; brothers, John and Austin Lash; sisters, Eleanor Lash, and Mary Wotton; sisters-in-law, Lucille Lash, Loretta Lash, Catherina McFarland and husband Russ; and brothers-in-law, Benjamin Kaler, Harlan Maxcy, Alfred Wotton, Avery Bond and wife Elna.

Mr. Lash is survived by his son, Charles W. Lash of Friendship; daughters, Nancy L. Lehman and husband James, and Joanne L. Genthner and husband Rodney, all of Friendship; grandchildren, Brooke Genthner of Cushing, Rodney Genthner II of Friendship; great-grandson, Kaden of Cushing; brothers, Winfield Lash and wife Barbara, Robert Lash and wife Katharyn, Paul Lash, Douglas Lash and wife Lucille, Howard Lash and wife Lois, and Philip Lash and wife Janice, all of Friendship; sisters, Carolyn Kaler of Friendship, Myra Maxcy of Thomaston, and Esther Lane and husband Robert of Friendship; brother-in-law, Ellis Bond and wife Donna, and Mary Gwinn and husband Gordon; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m., Tues., June 25 at Friendship United Methodist Church, Friendship. The Rev. Robert Dorr will officiate.

To share a memory or condolence with Mr. Lash's family, please visit his Book of Memories at

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.

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