Fairlawn Mortuary


Philip Harding

September 23, 1933September 17, 2021

Philip Harding, 87, of Fairhaven, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021 at home. He was the husband of the late Irene E. (Levesque) Harding with whom he shared 65 years of marriage.

Born in Boston, son of the late Raymond and Florence (Mahoney) Harding, he had resided in Fairhaven for most of his life. He served in the United States Army.

Mr. Harding was a graduate of the Franklin Institute of Technology and worked for Commonwealth Electric, retiring as supervisor of maintenance. Following retirement, he returned to college and received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from U-Mass Dartmouth. He counseled people for several years.

Phil was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and volunteered at the Shepherd’s Pantry in Acushnet for many years. He was a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan.

He is survived by his children, Joseph Harding and wife Erica of Bradenton, FL, Raymond Harding and wife Karen of New Bedford, Philip M. Harding of Fairhaven and Anne Hammond and husband Thomas of Fairhaven; a sister, Mary Harding of Fairhaven; a sister-in-law, Denise Harding of Acushnet; six grandchildren, Kerri E. Dias and husband John, Philip R. Harding, Christian P. Harding, Thomas J. Hammond, Jr., Steven J. Hammond and wife Jeralyn and Kathleen E. Hammond; two great-grandchildren, Jed Luke and Hannah Hammond; and two nieces, Laura and Amy Harding of Minnesota. He was predeceased by two brothers, Raymond and Richard Harding.

His Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, 74 Spring St., Fairhaven followed by burial in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shepherd’s Pantry, PO Box 760, Fairhaven, MA 02719.

Arrangements are in the care of Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn. For online tributes, please visit:


  • Shepherd's Pantry


  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021

  • Burial

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021


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Blanche Pepin

September 30, 2021

All the folks at the Shepherd's Pantry send their condolences...Phil was such a joy to work with. We want the family to know that the Pantry has received donations from the following people:
Claudia Jacobsen
Muriel Roderiques
Claire LeBlanc
Nancy Camara
Victor & Karen Brunette
The Murray family (John & Barbara)
Jeffrey & Robin Canastra

Claudia Jacobsen

September 22, 2021

Our deepest condolences to Phil’s family. He was the kindest gentleman and a wonderful neighbor. We still erect the outdoor manger scene every Christmas that Phil and Irene gracious gifted us when they moved . The neighborhood tradition continues and will always remind us how lucky we were to have had such a wonderful family as neighbors. May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time 🙏
The Jacobsen family

Nancy Camara

September 20, 2021

Anne, so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts. Take care of yourself....

Scott Sylvia

September 20, 2021

My condolences to the Harding family. I first met Phil when we were both building boats at Edey & Duff in the mid 90’s. He was a good man and I’m lucky to have known a him.

Rev. Dr. Robert Langevin

September 20, 2021

My wife and I meet Mr. Harding a few years ago. I loved his sense of humor and often talked about the Red Sox. He was a blessing to be around, alway courteous and respectful, a man of integrity. His wife was a real blessing to be with and always had a smile and quick joke to tell. Linda and I were blessed to have known them. Truly a great family, and a standard citizen of the town of Fairhaven. They both are missed and will be remembered.

Diane Brodeur

September 20, 2021

My sympathies to Phil and Irene's family. It was a pleasure to be neighbors on Laurel Street and getting to know all of you. I enjoyed visiting in the great big white house. We had great camaraderie.

Nancy Lewis

September 19, 2021

Phil, so sorry about your dad...we are thinking if you. Mike and Nancy Lewis and family.