Harry Augustus Nutter, Jr. passed away in his sleep on Thursday February 27 in Eastham MA.
Harry was born on February 6, 1923 in Kempton MD the son of the late Harry A. and Mary (Jack) Nutter, Sr. and grew up in Thomas WV. Often called Gus or Junior as a kid, he developed an early love of airplanes and aviation. He married his first grade sweetheart Carmela Dilettoso on June 29, 1942 at St. Thomas Church.
He was soon called up into the Army Air Corps and served in the Pacific Theater as a flight engineer on a C-47 he had named “Carmela”. During the war Harry & Carm had their first child Mary Yvonne who tragically passed away in 1945, only 1 ½ years old. Once the war ended, Harry & Carm moved to Hampton VA where they had four more children and moved to Longmeadow MA in 1957 where their last child was born. Since moving to Longmeadow Harry was a communicant of St. Mary’s Parrish and later a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He worked at Hamilton Standard for 27 years as an engineer and chief of production and his name is on several patents for his work on creating innovative composite materials for propeller and jet engine fan blades. He was a pilot and flew his Cessna 174 as often as Carm would let him and in his 60’s got his soaring pilot’s license. As a glider pilot he earned Silver, Gold and Diamond Badges. He retired from Hamilton Standard in 1986 and spent his retirement flying, fixing & making things and enjoying his family. He was a soft spoken, devoted, gentle man and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Harry is survived by his wife of 71 years Carmela, his brother Robert Nutter, daughters Suzanne Morin and Mary Louise Jackson, sons Harry III, Sam & Jim and eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the EAA Young Eagles Scholarship Program at youngeagles.org or by calling 800-236-1025. A memorial message may be left at www.nickersonfunerals.com.