Harry Garson died at the age of 91, at his home in Newton, Mass., Jan. 7, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.

Harry moved with his wife Gladys to Newton to be closer to his son Steve, after living in the New Haven area of Connecticut for 86 years.

During WWII, he was stationed in Dacca, India, where he worked as a sergeant in charge of entertainment and morale of the troops on his Army base. Harry was a justice of the peace in Woodbridge, Conn., and took pride in conducting weddings and making them memorable and meaningful.

He was a member of the B’nai Jacob congregation, and co-founder of the Jewish Historical Society of New Haven. Harry helped initiate 40 units of elderly housing, sponsored by B’naiBrith, was a volunteer for Tower One Senior Housing, Boy Scout Troop 41, and a reader in the New Haven public schools.

He was a member of Woodbridge Democratic Town Committee, and served as chairman of the B.O.W. Softball League.

As part of Harry’s sense of history, he spearheaded a project to preserve Edgerton Estate bridge in Hamden, by getting tradespeople and suppliers to donate all supplies and labor to reconstruct the historic bridge. He was active in the preservation of New Haven City Hall to prevent its destruction after the construction of its replacement building.

Harry loved helping others. He extended himself in friendship to acquaintances, friends and family. He frequently wrote letters to the editor about political and social issues. He was a great storyteller, with great stories to tell.

Harry was predeceased by his son Dan Garson of Toronto, Canada, and is survived by his loving wife Gladys (Smith); son, Steven Garson and daughter-in-law, Barbara, of Newton, Mass.; daughter Linda Garson Smith and son-in-law David L. Smith of Belfast; grandchildren, David and Sarah Garson of Newton, and Andrew Smith of Belfast.

Donations in Harry’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association,1701 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311.