Harry E. Hurley

Richmond-Harry E. Hurley, 78, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 29, 2015 with his devoted family by his side and in his heart. 
He was born the middle child of nine children to John and Phyllis (Sykes) Hurley on March 21, 1937 in Richmond.  True to his character, Harry met everyone in the middle. “There are times when friends become strangers and strangers become friends.”
Harry proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. After returning home he worked for Jordan Meats for many years before becoming self- employed.  Harry owned and operated  Dresden Cash Fuel, Riverview Lunch, BP Grocery and Richmond Variety over the years.   He never allowed a child to leave the store without a pretzel.  He drove Head Start children to Wiscasset for school, lulling them to sleep on the ride home. Harry also drove Vocational  students  to Bath.  On a few  occasions, taking them on a detour to the beach on hot days.  Harry was a civic leader in the community, serving as a Selectman, Planning Board and School Committee member.  Harry was a founding member of the Swan Island Yacht Club.  Since childhood, Harry loved being on the water.  After retirement,  he and his wife, Claudia enjoyed travelling in their motorhome to Florida during the winter months, where they would eventually purchase a home for “snowbird” season.  He was proud to attend his grandchildren's sporting events.  Harry was also the “unofficial” Drivers Ed teacher  for his children, their friends, most of his  grandchildren, their friends,  and also many older residents who found themselves in need of a driver’s license in their later years. 
He was predeceased by his parents,  a brother, Jack Hurley,  sister, Patricia McManus and  his grandson, Brock Hurley. 
Harry told his loved ones  “I Love You” every day.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years,  Claudia Guiou Hurley of Richmond.  Sons,  Bruce of Bowdoinham,  Chuck  and wife, Jane of Illinois,  Brian and his wife,  Clarissa of Richmond,  a daughter,  Kathryn Nash and husband, Casey of Richmond.   “Hurley” granddaughters,  Nicole and Kayla of Michigan. Danica and Camryn of Richmond and Jade of Bowdoinham.  Grandaughter,  Leia Nash of Richmond.   A grandson,  Erik Nash and his fiancé, April of North Carolina.   3 great grandsons,  3 great granddaughters, several nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Visitation and memorial gathering  will take place on Friday, September 4th from 4 to 7pm at Kincer Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mid Coast Senior Health and Hospice Center 56 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, Me 04011. 
Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357.