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Harold P. "Newt" Newton

Born: Wed., Jul. 5, 1933
Died: Wed., Oct. 1, 2014


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Mon., Oct. 06, 2014
Location: LaRobardiere
Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Tue., Oct. 07, 2014
Location: LaRobardiere
Funeral Home, Inc.

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Harold P. “Newt” Newton passed away on October 1, 2014 after an arduous battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis, he was 81 years old. He resided in Cleveland, NY for the past 44 years but was a former resident and business owner in Whitesboro, NY. He was the only child of Dennis J. Newton and Agnes (Mursch) Newton. He was married in August of 1955 to Charleen (Moore) Newton and celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary shortly before she passed in 2010.

Newt graduated from Whitesboro School and joined the Army to serve as a paratrooper in Korea. He completed more than 50 jumps and finished his military career with two broken legs and shrapnel injuries. He recently received a Certificate of Appreciation for his honorable service during the Korean War by Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel.

Newt was a self made man. He started his career, following in his father’s footsteps working for the Observer Dispatch as a printer’s devil, but soon learned there was more money to be made by making his own business. He was a car dealer, long haul tractor trailer driver, heavy equipment operator and generally a “wheeler-dealer” in everything mechanical.  He ran his own gravel pit for some time and had his own excavating business. He specialized in John Deere engines and equipment, but was also well versed in most heavy machinery. He had a long term hobby of restoring antique and classic cars. He also had a penchant for boats and loved to fish. In his younger years, he raced speedboats, stock cars and participated in the occasional demolition derby. He was an avid snowmobiler. In his later years, he enjoyed trips in his various motor homes. He loved nature and animals and was just as happy tinkering on an old motor as he was feeding peanuts to all the squirrels and birds. He loved Oneida Lake and being on the St. Lawrence River.

His survived by his only daughter, Patricia, and her husband John Barnes of Holland Patent, NY.  He also leaves behind many dear family and friends too numerous to mention.  

Funeral services will be held 1pm, Tuesday, at the LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc. Interment will be in the Grandview Cemetery, Whitesboro, NY.  Calling hours are 2-4 pm, Monday, at the funeral home, 109 Main Street, Camden NY.

Charitable donations may be made in Harold's memory to the following organization:

Steven-Swan Humane Society
5664 Horatio Street, Utica, NY 13502

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Linda & Andy Walters
   Posted Thu October 02, 2014
Dear Pat & John,

The obituary is so nice.....it was all Harold......as I wright this I am tearing up, he was a good friend who we will sorely miss.

God bless you abundantly with all you have need of at this time.

Debi and Ray Schnitzer
   Posted Thu October 02, 2014
Dear Pat and family: So very sad to hear of your fathers passing. Him and your mom were a part of my childhood and I have a lot of fond memories of them. I know that he is with his buddy now and so they are both in good hands. How ironic that our dads passed within a week of each other - special lifetime friends right to the very end. May the good memories you have of time spent with your dad keep him forever close in your heart. Thinking of you during this most difficult time. Sincere condolences for your loss. Love, Debi, Ray, and Terry

Judy Gates Smith
   Posted Fri October 03, 2014
Dear Pat,

So sorry to learn of the passing of your father. His friend Gene Gates was my big brother and they were friends for decades. Newt took me to my junior prom as a kindness because I didn't have a date. He was a very interesting individual. I last saw him at Gene's funeral.


Donna Bradley
   Posted Fri October 03, 2014
Sorry for your loss Newt was a good man..I remember many a good time with him and your mom.Back in the good ole days, sad how things change.

Victoria Harrison
   Posted Sat October 04, 2014

DIGNITY IN WHITE PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Phill, Vicky and Mel .

For Newt, with all our love, for the kindness and generosity you showed us, and for Pat - we love you and wish we could be there with you xxxx love Phill, Vicky and Mel xxxxx

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