Brian William Harding, 26, born Nov. 25, 1987 in Bar Harbor, the son of Dale W. and Christine L. Nichols Harding, died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 in Bar Harbor.

Brian was a man of many talents and aspirations. He loved his family, especially his soul mate, Aleta McKeage. Brian was looking forward to earning his one-hundred-ton Master Mate’s license and working in Belfast at a local boatyard. He was working hand-in-hand with his father doing electrical work. They were a great team and Dale often said that "Brian was his best helper.” Brian always seemed to know what his dad needed when they were on the job. Everything Brian did he did full-out; nothing was half-way. Every activity, every emotion he lived 100 percent or nothing. If you saw Brian, you probably saw him with his backpack on and dressed for the occasion or activity. If he was skiing, he had all his gear: ski boots, hat, mask, jacket, etc. If he was going to a party or special occasion, he wore a suit. His hair was just right; and socks and shoes coordinated with the outfit. We will always miss Brian’s smile, intelligence, compassion and laughter.

Brian is survived by his mom and dad of Bar Harbor and his best friend and soul mate, Aleta; his sister and brother-in-law, Meagan and Derek Murphy; his brother Sean, and his sister, Holly whom he simply adored; his nieces, Anneliese and Lilia Murphy; aunt, Jennipher Nichols and her partner Brian Leighton; uncles, Leroy, Raymond and Percy Harding Jr.; great uncles, Roger W. and Michael F. Nichols and their families; cousins, Ian Stanley and Andrea Eaton; his paternal grandparents, Erlene and Percy Harding; and maternal grandmother, Idella Nichols. He is also survived by his lifetime friend and “brother,” Eric St. Denis, “sister,” Katie Leighton, along with more family and special friends far too numerous to name individually. Brian was predeceased by his grandparents Jerry and Marie Nichols, and aunt, Cara J. Nichols.

A celebration of Brian’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at Somesville Union Meeting House on Main Street in Somesville.

Because Brian was passionate about bicycling and was planning on participating in the 2014 ride, we are asking that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to Trek Across Maine, American Lung Association, 122 State Street, Augusta, Maine, 04330.

Arrangements are by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at