HARTLAND – Harlow E. Powers, 81, died Feb. 2, 2008, at Sebasticook Valley Hospital, Pittsfield. He was born Sept. 23, 1926, in St. Albans, son of Ernest and Myrtle (Philbrick) Powers. He was raised through his formative years by his loving stepfather, Alonzo Williams, with whom he worked through age 29. He graduated from Hartland Academy, Class of 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947, and was a grad-uate of the U.S. Navy Hospital Corp, Bainbridge, Md. Harlow married Ruth Fox in a candlelight ceremony Dec. 11, 1948, and they remained sweethearts throughout their 59 years together. He worked for H.C. Baxter Canning Co., and then for Walpole Woodworkers, Detroit, for his very special brother-in-law, Levi Peterson, for 12 years. Harlow then worked for the U.S. Post Office as a rural mail carrier in the communities of St. Albans, Hartland, Pittsfield and Limerick for 30 years, until his retirement. During this time, he was an active member of Rural Letter Carriers Association, where he rose to the position of State Steward, representing Maine members through the federal office in Washington, D.C. He was also a very active and respected leader in the community through a wide range of activities. He was a member, past master and former secretary of the Masonic Lodge, Hartland. He was also a member of Anah Temple Shrine. He was a longtime member of the Lions Club, where he served as King Lion and Zone chairman. Harlow was a member of Grace Linn Memorial Methodist Church, where he served as treasurer for the past 10 years. Harlow also served as a leader in supporting the local Hartland charity, The Food Cupboard. In addition, he was a member of Scott Webb Medical Center Board, on which he served as president of the board for many years. In later years, he was responsible for leading the reopening of Scott-Webb Medical Center, which is now a thriving service to the community. For the past 10 years, he proudly served the town of Hartland as selectman and servant of his community as a way of giving back to his friends and local residents. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Powers of Hartland; son, Randy Powers and his wife, Kaye, of Roanoke, Texas; daughter, Kathy Nichols and her husband, Harvey, of Walterboro, S.C.; sister, Evan-geline Gray and her husband, Philip, of Florida; five grandchildren, Matthew, Travis, Shannon, Traci and Staci; several great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, including a special sister-in-law, Ida Briggs of Hartland; several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Karen Parke. He was predeceased by brothers-in-law, Clifford Merrill, Dr. Paul Briggs and Frank Jordan; sister-in-law, Mary Fox; and recently, by his close friend, Clair Russell. Harlow requested a very special thank you to be expressed for his compassionate care to Dr. Openshaw, Kay Hunter, R.N., Dr. Cavanaugh and all the nurses at Sebasticook Valley Hospital. Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main St., Newport, where Masonic ser-vices will be held 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held 5 p.m. Thursday at Hartland Community Center with the Rev. Paul Briggs officiating. A private service will also be held at Grace Linn Memorial Church prior to the funeral. Spring burial will be at Maloon Cemetery, St. Albans. Those who wish may make donations to either Grace Linn Memorial Church or Hartland Food Cupboard. For an online guest book, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com. <>