Lorraine F. HarmonJune 15, 1932 ~ November 26, 2017 (age 85)
Lorraine F. Harmon, 85, of Naples, FL, formerly a 60-year resident of Concord, MA died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Solaris Healthcare in Naples. Lorraine was the wife of the late Charles E. Harmon who died in 2008. She was born in Worcester, MA on June 15, 1932, the daughter of Anthony Proto and Amelia (Hannah) Proto. Lorraine worked part-time when her three children were young. She worked teaching arts and crafts on the Concord playgrounds for the Recreation Dept. in the summers for several years.
She also shared her immense gift of cake decorating by teaching a class in the Concord-Carlisle Adult Education Evening Program for 10 years. She was very well known in the Concord area for her amazing cakes. She had a natural talent and passion for cake decorating. Many, many families in Concord chose her to make very elaborate wedding cakes, anniversary, and birthday cakes. She was famous for her cakes! Lorraine also worked part-time for the Concord Police Department as a school crossing guard, and as a matron if a woman were to be taken into custody! When her children went to school full-day she went to work full-time for Walden House Healthcare, a nursing home in Concord for Seniors. She was the Activities Director there for 20 years. She was a natural with her artistic talents and musical gifts. She taught arts and crafts, sang, played piano, and organ, and the residents adored her. Her innate ability to connect with the residents was amazing. She was compassionate, patient, and respectful of the residents in her care. Lorraine and her family spent summer week-ends at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, boating and enjoying life. In later years they became “snowbirds” spending much of the winter in Bonita Springs, FL. They sold their home in Concord in 2007, and spent summers in Wells, Maine, winters in FL. Lorraine was also a watercolor artist and especially loved to paint shorebirds on the beach, ocean landscapes, light houses, etc. Her family members feel fortunate to have her paintings in their homes.
Lorraine is survived by her daughter, Patricia L. Derby of Delray Beach, FL, her grandchildren; Christian J. Derby of Naples, FL, Alex R. Derby of Naples, FL, Matthew Harmon, of Durango CO, and Kelly (Harmon) Ivie, of Houston TX. She was thrilled to have five, soon to be six, great grandchildren. Lorraine was also the mother of the late Charles E. Harmon Jr., and the late Paul D. Harmon. A memorial service was held on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Aston Gardens, in Naples where Lorraine lived. Reverend Dr. Dan Lamey officiating. Burial will be in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in the spring of 2018.