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Harlow Powers DEXTER- Arnold J. Hartford, 78, died February 5, 2008, following a long illness in Marianna, Florida. He was born February 24, 1929, in Dexter, son of Chester and Georgianna (LaBree) Hartford. He graduated from N. H. Fay High School class of 1947. He worked for Ramsey and Gates, where he learned his flooring trade. He was skilled in carpentry work and loved to build things out of wood. For over 25 years he owned and operated one of the first Sears Catalog franchises in the State of Maine. He retired from Fay Scott Landis in Dexter where he was highly respected for his knowledge of machines and his kindness to his co-workers.

He is survived by his wife, Constance (LaBonte) Hartford of Malone, FL, where she and Arnold have made their home for the past 3 years; 7 children, Gregory Hartford of Bangor, Robert "Bobby" Hartford and his wife, Earlene of Dover-Foxcroft, Debbie Taylor and her husband, Roy of Dover-Foxcroft, Susan McCormick and her husband, Mike of Dexter, James Hartford and his wife Rachelle of Pittsfield, Lynda Patterson and her husband, Jerry of Lamoine, Lorna Leighton of Dexter; 5 step children who thought of him as their father, Patty Thompson and her husband, Kendall of Corinna, Paul Berry of FL, Michael Berry of Corinna, Carol May of TX, Steve Berry and his wife, Donna of Newport; 2 brothers, Chester Hartford and his wife, Joanne of Garland, and Ronald Hartford and his wife, Doris of N. Dexter; a sister, Geneva Pisano of CT; 20 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews, and his dog, Bonnie, who he loved just like one of his kids.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 PM Sunday, February 10, 2008, at Crosby & Neal, 61 Main Street in Dexter. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home, 10 AM Monday.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 B., Mt. Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401.

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