Harry Nelson Handfield

April 16, 1918July 24, 2013

Harry Nelson Handfield, age 95, of Swansea, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 with his devoted and loving daughter “Ginny” by his side. He was the beloved husband of the late Ruth V. (Taylor) Handfield.

Born in Fall River, a son of the late Charles and Jennie (Kimball) Handfield, he lived in Fall River until building a home in Swansea, in 1972. He was a longtime member of Christ Church, and served on the Church Vestry and Property Committee.

He was a graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, class of 1935. Harry enlisted in the United States Navy in 1937 and served during World War II aboard the U.S.S. ALGORAB and the U.S.S. YORK TOWN CV-10 “The Fighting Lady.” He remained in the Naval Reserve until he was called to duty during the Korean War. In recognition of his honorable service he retired from the United States Navy in 1976.

A Master Electrician for Crawford Electric, he later owned and operated Handfield Electric. At the time of his retirement, in 1976, he was the Foreman of Electricians at Rhode Island Hospital.

Harry was a Mason of several lodges, including the Scottish Rite and the Mt. Hope Lodge AF & AM, for 69 years and the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts AF & AM for 61 years. He was also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. Handfield was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

Always an active man, Harry’s greatest legacy is his never-ending love and devotion to his family.

He is survived by his daughter; Virginia A. “Ginny” Handfield of Swansea and several nieces and nephews. Harry was predeceased by his brother, Charles Handfield and his sister, Hazel (Handfield) Mills.

His Funeral will be held on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 11:00AM in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE at BIRCHCREST, 189 Gardners Neck Rd., Swansea. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours prior to his service from 10:00 to 11:00AM. Kindly omit flowers. Contributions in his honor may be made to Clifton Hospice Services, 391, Hanover St. Fall River, MA 02720. PRIVATE BURIAL WITH MILITARY HONORS.

His daughter would like to thank the entire staff of Clifton Hospice for their kindness, compassion and excellent care given to her father. Ginny also wishes to convey her sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Warren Wood, for his constant encouragement and moral support throughout the years.



  • Visitation Friday, August 2, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 2, 2013


  • Private Burial with Military Honors

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Steve Rusnock

September 23, 2013

Ginny, I am sorry to hear about your father's passing. My thoughts are with you. Steve

Nancy Juvinall

August 10, 2013


I just found out today about your Dad's passing. I am so very sorry. The special bond you shared with him remains forever in your heart and spirit. You took such good loving care of him. May your soul be comforted at this time. Love, Nancy (Rusnock) Juvinall

August 3, 2013


Benita Ryan

August 2, 2013

Ginny, I extend to you my sincere condolences ... There is no greater love than that of a father and daughter... and you and your Dad certainly had that special bond... so many memories to treasure and comfort you! You were a wonderful daughter ... and may you find comfort in knowing just that... Bless you! Benita Ryan

Tom Cabral

August 2, 2013

I am so very sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

August 1, 2013

Dear Ginny:
So sorry for the loss of your dad. You were very fortunate to have had such a great relationship with him and he with you. Although we did not get to know him we were very proud of his military service and his business as an electrician which we learned in his obituary. He, like my dad, was a Mason; must be the Kimball tradition.

We will send a donation to Wounded Warriors, a military organization my husband has learned about. (He is a retired officer of the U.S. Marine Corps and very active in the retired association.)

We are unable to travel to Fall River for the funeral service but wish you well It is wonderful that your dad will receive military honors at his burial. With love, Bunnie (Isabelle K. Brown of Gloucester, MA.)

Karan Medeiros Pereira

August 1, 2013

Ginny, my thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I worked with your mom many years ago at the Fall River 5 and remember your parents well. You were always the center of their lives.
Karan Medeiros Pereira

Chris Addison

July 31, 2013

Ginny: So sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He always treated me great, except for the time that he caught me taking tomatoes from his garden. lol Again, my sicere condolences.

Carolyn Estrella

July 31, 2013

You found the Perfect picture of your Dad. That's the Mr. Handfield I remember. I am so sorry, Ginny. Much Love, Carolyn