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HARDWICK – Harold Almon Patten Sr. of Hardwick, 89, passed away peacefully on September 2, at Central Vermont Hospital after a long fight trying to recover from a car accident. He was surrounded by his children, third wife, Millie Therien, and loved ones.

Harold was born in Milford, N.H., on July 10, 1932, to Orion and Marjorie (Bills) Patten, deceased.

Harold worked construction, was a mechanic, drove a truck, he was a logger and instrumental in clearing the land for the Mass. Pike. He loved racing, working on cars, and always bragged about his Studebaker Hawk. In his later years, he sold cars and worked on small engines; there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix.

Harold loved hunting in his younger days and spending his days fishing, being by the water and in the woods with his children and grandchildren. He was an amazing cook and loved the joy that brought to his family. He passed that joy along to his children.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, second wife, Dolly Cilley (Creighton), 11 brothers and six sisters, his sons David Patten (and wife Rita) and Harold Arthur Patten.

Harold left behind a very large family to cherish his memories: his brother Roland Patten (Peterborough, N.H.), his sisters Shirley Rafter and Eva DeSouza, his third wife, Millie Therien (Stannard), his children, Dennis Gilman (Francestown, N.H.), Harold Patten Jr. and wife Alberta (Hardwick), Debbie Stearns and husband Marc (Goffstown, N.H.), Tammy Dorr (Bennington, N.H.), Richard Patten and wife Glenda (Deering, N.H.), Robert Patten and wife Laurette (Hardwick), Angela Grimaldi (Glens Falls, N.Y.), Cynthia Patten (Westfield, Mass.), Pamela Charette (Rocky Mount, N.C.), Lisa Ferguson and husband Rick (Red Oak, N.C.), Freeman Patten and fiancé Michelle (Williamstown), Michelle Ducker and husband Dustin (Hendersonville, N.C.) and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Calling hours were held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 5, at des Groseilliers Funeral Home, 97 Church Street, Hardwick. Memories and condolences may be conveyed to the family at

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