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Harold Orlando Small Sr. (1934-2020)

Harold Orlando Small Sr.

PHILLIPS - Harold Orlando Small Sr., 85, passed away on Jan. 8, 2020 at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.

He was born on April 8, 1934 in Livermore Falls to William and Leona (Beane) Small.

He graduated from Livermore Falls High School in the class of 1953. In 1954, he entered military service in the U. S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1956. Over the years, he worked for Met Life, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, and was a realtor.

"H.O.," as he liked to be called, enjoyed fishing, especially ice fishing, playing cribbage at the "drop of a hat," and spent many hours on the party boat at the camp on Webb Lake. Also, he loved to go snowmobiling and was an avid Red Sox fan.

As a charter member of the Farmington Elks Lodge #2430, he served as Exalted Ruler three times, State Trustee for many years, District Deputy of Central District from 1997-1998, as well as being a member of the Farmington Emblem Club #460, and traveled with Elks and Emblem members to State and National Conventions, until ill health took its toll. He was a member of the American Legion Roderick-Crosby Post #28, a 50 year member of the Masons, Past Master of Maine Lodge #20 in Farmington, member of Blue Mountain Lodge #67 in Phillips, and the West Farmington Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Huart Small, whom he married in 1982 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Farmington; brothers, Carl Small and Gerald McCrillis; cousin, Cecilia Stanley; special nephew, Wyn Enman; children, Sherry Hallett (Earl), Rhonda Bickford (Gary), and Harold Small Jr.; stepchildren, Steve Cutler (Arlene), Lynda Twitchell (Paul); special neighbors, Mark and Shelley Keene; 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild; many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Wallace and Lawrence; twin brother, Carroll; sisters, Anna May Shardlow and Gertrude Crowley; and grandson, Joseph Breton.

Donations in Harold’s memory may be made to the Farmington Elks Lodge, Attn: Claris Ranger, PO Box 526, West Farmington, ME 04992 for the Children’s Christmas Party.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, a Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm, at the Farmington Elks Lodge, 120 School Street, West Farmington, ME. A reception will follow provided by the Farmington Emblem Club and the Farmington Elks. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington, ME 04938.

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  1. Sherry, Rhonda and Butch,

    We are sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you.

    Carol and Lance

  2. My condolences to Connie and family

  3. Sherry,Rhonda,and Butch sorry for your loss,sending prayers.

  4. Our PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES to Connie and family.

  5. I am sending love to the whole family..Lynda give your Mom
    An extra hugs from me.. I will not be around on Saturday
    Please know my heart is with you all .❤💖❤💖❤
    Much Love.

  6. So sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. We always enjoyed seeing him at the different Elks events over the years. He always had a joke or a story to tell, some you could repeat and some you couldn’t but always one to remember! Our sincere condolences to everyone. Ann Burdin and Danny Corcoran

  7. My condolences to the family...

  8. Connie,

    So sorry to hear of Harold's passing. Please let us know if you need anything.

    Deano, Lori & Hayden Durrell

  9. Thinking of the family and very sorry for your loss. love to y'all.

  10. A true cornerstone of the entire area. His achievements and vision left a wide arc and cut a broad swath.

    First met him when he was running the county jail for a time in the aftermath of Sheriff French's death when the place was on my newspaper route. Was immediately impressed then and remained impressed in the decades since by his perceptive and cordial instincts.

    He will certainly be missed.

  11. Sherry, Rhonda and Butch,

    Sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Keeping you all in my heart and prayers.


  12. Connie, my thoughts and prayers will be with you and family. It was an honor to have known Harold, he was a very Special man.

  13. My condolences to the entire family. Harold was a very personable guy and will be missed. So sorry Connie....
    RIP old friend

  14. Crossing paths with Harold was always a wonderful occurrence, I'll miss Harold. My sympathies to Harold's family.

  15. My condolences to all of you. Always enjoyed Harold telling jokes, didn't he love the piccolo player! Take care all.

  16. Connie and family, so very sorry for your loss. I will always have hood memories of Harold.

  17. Thoughts and prayers to the family. Thinking of you all.

  18. Harold was one-of-a-kind. And he loved being an ELK.
    Sincere thoughts of sympathy going out to all the SMALL family and extended families.
    I wonder if he'll round up all the rest of the ELKS from Farmington in heaven. Will be
    an "event" if he does.


  20. My Heartfelt Condolences to Connie and the family. I only got to know Harold for the last few years but that was long enough to know the kind and wonderful person that he was.
    RIP my friend

  21. Our most sincere condolences to Connie and the family.