Harrison B. Wetherill died on August 8, 2012 at the age of 92 in Easton, Md.
Harry was born in Chester, Pa., the second of six sons of Robert
Wetherill, Jr. and Barbara Bispham Wetherill. He grew up around boats and
the sea during summers in Cape May, New Jersey. He attended the Episcopal
Academy in Overbrook, Pa. and graduated from Yale University in 1941.
During the Second World War, Harry served aboard the light cruiser
“Brooklyn” in the Mediterranean and aboard the heavy cruiser “Canberra” in
the western Pacific. He received a naval commendation for his service as
gunnery officer on the Canberra during an attack by Japanese aircraft.
In 1956 Harry purchased “Stock Grange Farm” near West Chester, Pa. from actor Claude Rains. Harry farmed the 350 acre property for the next 30 years. He loved the farming life: the outdoors, the hard physical labor and the satisfaction of working the earth. He took great pride in implementing the best soil conservation practices. Harry actively participated in community affairs, including serving as chairman of the West Bradford Township Board of Supervisors and vice chairman of the Downingtown High School Authority.
Harry met his beloved wife Jean Pugh, from Charleston, West Virginia, while she was at Smith College. Jean passed away in 1979. Harry later married Nora Gibson and they moved to Easton, Md. to pursue Harry’s passion for sailing. Harry and Nora loved the Chesapeake Bay and they spent many happy days sailing the 37’ Dickerson ketch “Jester” up and down the east coast. Harry was also an avid tennis player into his 80’s. After Harry and Nora divorced, Harry spent many wonderful years with his dear friend Peggy Cook.
Harry is survived by his three children: Wendy Hughes and her husband John, of Unionville, Pa., David Wetherill and his wife Bonnie, of Coatesville, Pa. and Harrison B. Wetherill, Jr. and his wife Susan of West River, Md. He is also survived by his grandsons, Brian Hughes of Tulsa, OK, Benjamen Wetherill of Boston and Charles Wetherill of La Marsa, Tunisia as well as by his three great-grandchildren, Alida, Hilla and Samuel Wetherill. Harry was much loved. He was truly one-of-a-kind and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
A celebration of Harry’s life will be held at the Chester Rural Cemetery in Chester, Pa on Saturday, October 8 at 10:30 A.M. All are welcome.
Picture was taken in TOUL airfield some time after a successfull mission; Bill was awarded by Colonel Tipton, left on picture, 367th FS pilots
Harrison with his little brother Buddy
Picture of Harrison Wetherill Jr. graduation Marine boot camp (about
1964) . people left
to right Barbara Wetherill, Harrison Bispham Wetherill, Harrison Bispham
Wetherill Jr, Edward "Teddy" Wetherill on the statue behind Biff, Aunt Jean
(Mrs Harrison B Wetherill), Anne "Tocky" Wetherill with the basket, David
Wetherill and Robert Wetherill III.