Harry Edward Provencher

Harry Edward Provencher

Harry Edward Provencher


Harry Edward Provencher, 93 passed away on December 17, 2021. As he passed from this life to the next, he was surrounded by his loving family, at home, where he had hoped to end his journey.

Harry was born December 8, 1928 to Louis F. and Gertrude Provencher in their home located on Lake St. in Addison, Vt.

Harry enjoyed the country life, where he grew up working on the Spaulding Farm with his parents near his birth place. Later in years, his parents and siblings moved to Bridport, Vt. and purchased a farm on Townline Rd. where Harry worked into his mid 20’s.

Harry, his wife Kathrine and their small family moved to Connecticut, where he worked for Pratt & Whitney on the night shift. During the day, he ran a crawler-dozer for a small contractor. This was the beginning of a life working in the excavation trade. Harry and the family moved back to Vermont in his late 20’s and brought the trailer they lived in from Connecticut. They bought land with a few buildings on it in Addison and settled there for about 25 years. Harry and Kathrine built a new home on the property in 1963. When they returned to Vermont, Harry worked for a close friend, Walt Carpenter, who was at that time the road foreman for the Town of Addison. Over the course of time Walt Carpenter focused on operating a gravel pit business and Harry became the road foreman for Addison along with having his own excavation business. In 1970 Harry decided to commit solely to his excavation company and established a lifelong appreciation for his skills as a crawler-dozer operator. Many would consider him as one of the BEST BLADE OPERATORS. He had an eagle’s eye for grades and contours which would lead to many customers sharing stories of his talents then and still today. Although making his mark with his skills, talents and giftedness, he will be remembered for his smile, laughter, story-telling, quick come backs, wit, jokes and the ability to see the humor in his surroundings. 

Harry enjoyed traveling throughout his life. He traveled to California by car with some of his friends in 1945-1946, then again in 1980 with a converted school bus into a motorhome, He also traveled to many landmarks or to visit friends and family in other parts of the USA and Canada. 

When Harry was 89 years old, he was asked if there was another trip he would like to take. He wanted to see the sun rise at the easternmost point of the United States, Randy and Wendy {son and daughter-in-law}, Louis {great grand-son} and Harry rented a motorhome for a week’s trip to Maine and Canaan, Vt. We headed out mid-October {Burr} and made it to a camp ground in Ellsworth, renting a car there and spending a few days there for some site seeing and driving to the top of Cadillac Mt. to see the sun rise next was Eastport for another sun rise, we stopped in Pembroke to see the “Reversing Falls” then to Canaan, Vt. to see Harry’s youngest brother Jack and sister-in-law Connie Provencher. One of the most memorable trips for Randy’s family {“Thanks Dad”.}

Harry and his second wife Marie enjoyed their marriage of 35 years while residing in Bridport and wintering in Florida. Dad and Marie braved flying to Florida in their later years, as well dad flew to South Carolina to attend a wedding for one of his grandsons when he was 90 years old.  {Still loved to travel.} Harry and Marie were blessed to have Cathy Collins {Dads} step-daughter, son-in-law Rick and their children live close to them through the years and care for them in so many ways. 

Harry also had the blessing of his children through his first marriage with Kathrine {LaMountain} Wade, their spouses, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. His blessings were expanded by the loving support of his six surviving siblings and their families. 

Harry and his daughter Roxanne {Provencher} Bannister, deceased in 1996 will always be remembered for their special relationship because of how special they both were. {For a time of separation, now together for eternity.} 

Harry was a man that loved to be active with his mind and hands, he enjoyed his vegetable garden, growing flowers, feeding his birds, cutting, splitting, stacking and the most enjoyable exercise putting the firewood in the wood stove and basking in the 90 degree heat. He took great pleasure in operating his Toro lawn tractors {each with an attachment, mowing lawns, having a belly blade on one tractor he used to re-grade the parking area at the Bridge Restaurant quite often and his son-in-law’s driveway.  He would buy bushels of apples to give to family and friends for a Christmas gift.  Worked out well for him as the pies and apple sauce was a returned gift.} He loved camping {many stories to be told}, dancing was at the top of the list, he took great pleasure in reading one book after another, {YES even Romance Novels}, Wheel of Fortune was the show to watch and it was amazing how he knew the answers so quickly. The Man loved to have fun and wanted it for you as well, as he would tell jokes, stories as well sing you a tune now and then.    

We remember our loved ones who have predeceased Harry, Parents: Louis F. and Gertrude Provencher, Wife: {Marie Swinton} Provencher, Daughter: Holly J. {Provencher} Ashley, Son: Wolfsong {He Who Sings A Wolfsong}, Son: Scott F. Provencher, Daughter: Roxanne {Provencher} Bannister, Sister: Dolores Provencher} Lattrell, Grandson: Bryan Ashley-Selleck, Grandson: Israel L. Provencher. We also remember Harry’s grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, brother and sisters-in-law, cousin, nieces and nephews.

 Harry is survived by : Brother: David Provencher and wife Edith, Brother: Eugene Provencher, Brother: Arthur Provencher, Brother: James Provencher and wife Maria, Brother: Jack Provencher and wife Connie, Sister: Edith {Provencher} Green, Son: Monte E. Provencher and wife Donna, Son: Louis R. Provencher and wife Wendy, Daughter: Cathy Collins and husband Rick, Daughter-in-law Barb {Nuttall} Provencher, Daughter-in-law: Myra Timmons, Son-in-law David Bannister, Son-in-law Roy Ashley and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.                                                                                                                   

We invite you join us on July 16, 2022 at 11am to have a memorial service for Harry E. Provencher and his grandson Israel L. Provencher who passed unexpectedly on December 2, 2021; The gathering will be at Randy and Wendy Provencher’s residence address; 7559 Goodrich Corners Road, Addison, VT. 05491 We plan to have a time of sharing our memories, time to share a meal and be blessed by the gift of music by Snake Mt. Bluegrass {One of Harry’s favorite group of musicians.} 

The family is having the burial service for Harry Provencher and Israel Provencher, 10am July 16th at Lakeview Cemetery, Addison. To send online condolences to his family please visit www.brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com

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