Harold A. Kitchin

BRISTOL, R.I. – Harold A. Kitchin, 89, of Metacom Avenue, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Providence, R.I. He was the beloved husband of the late Joyce M. (Bumps) Kitchin with whom at the time of her death on July 22, 2011, he had celebrated 58 years of marriage.

Born in Palermo, to Harold A. and Lydia (Phillips) Kitchin, he graduated from Erskine Academy in South China, and studied to become a machinist at Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in South Portland. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He had lived in Lincoln, R.I., for more than 30 years and Warwick, R.I., for nearly 20 years before becoming a resident of the Rhode Island Veterans Home in 2013.

He was employed as a sales engineer for nearly 40 years for such firms as Reynolds of Baker Street, Reynolds Used Machinery Sales, and Walenty Machinery Sales. He also worked as a lab assistant at New England Institute of Technology.

Harold loved to travel in their R.V. and square dance. He was a man who was community minded, serving as a Pack Master for Cub Scouts and as a church moderator.

He is survived by a daughter, Sharie J. Sparrow of Warwick, R.I., two sons, Steven H. Kitchin and his wife, Diane, of Swansea, Mass. and, Stewart A. Kitchin and his wife, Dolores, of Cranston; three loving grandchildren, Robert Sparrow (wife Krista), William Sparrow (fiancé Erin Harrington) and Danielle Guy; and two great-grandchildren, Rosalie and Kourtney. He was the brother of the late Irene Mathieson.

His funeral service will be private. Interment with military honors will be in Chadwick Hill Cemetery, South China.

Condolences may be offered to his family and remembrances of Harold shared online at http://www.carpenterjenks.com

Donations in his memory may be made to Erskine Academy Alumni Scholarship Fund

309 Windsor Rd.

South China, ME 04358

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