Harry E. Nason Jr.


AUBURN – Harry E. Nason Jr. beloved husband of Frances Nason died peacefully Saturday, May 28, at his home at Schooner Estates, with his family by his side.

He was born in Auburn, June 28, 1919, a son of Harry E. and Ursla Russell Nason Sr.

He was educated in Auburn schools and graduated from Edward Little High School, in the Class of 1938.

In 1940 he joined the 240th Coast Artillery and served in the Harbor defenses of Portland for two years. He went into the Air Corp serving in Italy with the 15th Air Force of which he was honorably discharged in 1945. He received the Rome-Arno Good Conduct Medal and the EAMET Ribbon with one star and the American Defense Medal. After his discharge, he served a term with the Maine National Guard. As a local businessman, he joined his father in the plumbing and heating business and in 1963 became president of Harry E. Nason Inc. which eventually became Nason Mechanical. He went to work daily until December 2005.

On Aug. 24, 1948 he married Frances Ann Jacubouis in Auburn. They were happily married for almost 58 years. He served as chairman of District 9 the Northeast Region Red Cross Blood Program. He was chapter chairman of the Androscoggin Valley Chapter of the Red Cross and established its disaster team. He also served on the Emergency Medical Systems study committee, which lead to the establishment of the Twin City 911 System of which he served as 911 chairman from 1979 to 1987. Later he was appointed by the Governor to serve on the State E-911 Council. He was trustee of the Auburn Water District for 15 years and served two terms as president. He was president of the Maine State Plumbing Contractor’s Association in 1966 and 1967.

He was a member of the Rotary Club for 50 years and attended meetings with the Auburn-Lewiston Breakfast Rotary Club for the past 15 years. In 1980, he was honored as Auburn Man of the Year. He served a term on the Lewiston-Auburn Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He was a member of the Auburn Catholic Community at St. Philip’s Church, where he served on the parish council.

Survivors include his wife, Frances of almost 58 years; four sisters, Mrs. Willard (Phyllis) Bullerwell of Mount Shasta, Calif., Mrs. Oakford (Beverly) Scott of Dunsmuir, Calif., Mrs. Ray (Betsy) Sanders of Aguanga, Calif. and Mrs. Peter (Caroline) Bither of Wilmington, Del.; a brother, Peter Nason of Albany; Harry was dearly loved by his sister-in-law, Phyllis Jacubouis Lothrop and her husband, Allan and their daughters, Susan Frances Hart and husband, Stephen and their children, Melissa Anne and Matthew Harry, of Billerica, Mass. and Cynthia L Engvall and husband, Bert and their sons, Nathaniel and Sam of Upton, Mass.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Donald W. Nason in 1965 and Linfest Bernard (Buddy) Nason who died over the Mediterranean while serving in the 15th Airforce in Europe in 1944.