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470 Massachusetts Avenue
PO Box 882
Acton, MA 01720
Phone: 978-263-5333
Fax: 978-263-8193
Harold Hyman

Harold Hyman

Monday, March 25th, 2019
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ACTON – Harold Hyman, 91, of Acton, MA passed away Monday, March 25, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Susanne (Vanderveldt), his children Mark Hyman and wife Amie of Morris Plains, NJ, Alexander Hyman and wife Abigail Coffin of Raleigh, NC, David Hyman and wife Taryn of Acton, MA and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents Morris and Gertrude (Gasson) Hyman and his brother Sidney Hylton.

Born in London, England in 1927, Harold was raised in the Ponders End district of Enfield, London. He attended St. Matthew’s Primary School, Enfield Grammar School and Sir John Cass Technical Institute. As a child he was briefly evacuated from London to the countryside during World War II. He served in the Royal Air Force from 1945 to 1948, which took him to India in 1946.

Harold pursued his love of science throughout his career. As a metallurgist he spent many years in semiconductor engineering, from the early days of the transistor to the development of the integrated circuit. In 1963 he transitioned from engineering to selling and worked with precious metals and capital equipment for electronics assembly. Responsible for international sales organizations, he lived in Italy, England, Germany and the United States.

Harold appreciated art, music and soccer. He had a love for languages and enjoyed any opportunity to converse in French or Italian. Passionate about radio communication, he was an avid radio amateur who was licensed in 1952 and held the call signs G3IZQ and W1IZQ. In 1970 Harold met Susanne in Milan, Italy and they were married the following year in Long Island, NY. A forty-year resident of Acton, Harold will be remembered as a devoted husband and loving father.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 4 – 8 pm at Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Avenue, Acton, MA 01720. Harold will be buried in a private ceremony and a celebration of life memorial will be held on a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the charity of one’s choice.
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    Friday, March 29th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, March 29th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Acton Funeral Home
    470 Massachusetts Avenue
    ACTON, MA 01720
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Jane Thiefels

Posted at 01:56pm
Fifty years ago I met Harry.

This meeting came about in Milan, Italy as my friend, Susanne Vanderveldt and I came there to teach English at the British School of Milan. Soon after, Sue met her future husband, Harry, at a friend’s party, After their marriage, I visited them in their Milan apartment, Teddington, England, New Jersey, and then to my delight at their home in Acton, only 45 minutes away from mine.

What a gift it has been to be on life’s journey with Harry all these years! He was a man of great kindness, warmth, graciousness, generosity, and humor. Harry’s knowledge of history, culture, the arts, sports, and current events made conversation with him interesting and enjoyable. I loved how he spiced each topic with an occasional phrase in Italian, but most of all, I felt that he was truly interested in knowing about me as we talked. His eyes were kind and sparkling with the joy of life.

He held a blend of elegance, professionalism and sophistication in his demeanor. He was a connoisseur of fine art, wines and food, yet ever down-to-earth and unassuming as he enjoyed people of all walks of life. This I saw in his openness and friendliness when I was out-and-about with Harry and Sue.

I have tears in my eyes as I write this. I see him in my mind’s eye welcoming me with a big smile and cheery greeting as I walk into his living room, where he, as a man of great intellectual curiosity, would sit reading. Through the years in that very home, I saw his love and devotion to his wife, Sue, and his pride in his amazing sons, their spouses, and children. He was a family man through and through.

I will miss Harry. Even in the adversity of his illness, he reached out with kindness and interest to everyone. It can truly be said that he had a life well-lived that was fine-tuned with love.

George Procter

Posted at 10:42am
I met Harry over 30 years ago and we've had many great times together performing dedicated research on wine and food with other like-minded souls, as part of our appreciation for French and Italian culture.

There's much to say, but simply put, Harry was a wonderful fellow. The man had class but was unpretentious. He elevated the spirit of any social gathering. He was a great conversationalist and a thoughtful listener. His interests were expansive. He would discuss global trends in the Semicon market and seamlessly transition into a slightly risque folk song from East London. He could tell a story like no other and deliver a limerick with perfect cadence. He could spin a yarn and improvise effortlessly. His humor was keen but always kind. As Harry himself would say...."Didn't he do well". He sure did and he'll be greatly missed.

George Procter

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