Herbert Pond ’44

Herbert PondHerbert R. Pond, 87, a longtime Auburn resident died Thursday October 24, 2013 in his home in Brewster after an illness with his family by his side.

His wife of 43 years, Beverly J. (Maccabee) Pond died in 1993. He leaves a daughter, Heather M. Pond of Brewster; a sister, Marilyn R. Bonasia and her husband John of Mashpee; five grandchildren, Travis Dandro of Maine, Christopher M. Lombardi of Vail, CO, Jonathan D. Lombardi of Bridgewater, Benjamin R. Pond of Boston and Molly T. Pond of Auburn; three great grandchildren and five nephews. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by three sons, Richard H. Pond in 2007, David L. Pond in 1990, and Dana G. Pond in 1974.

Herbert was raised and schooled in Auburn the son of the late Lincoln F. and Doris (Hanson) Pond. He graduated from Williston Academy in Easthampton, MA in 1944.

He served his country proudly in W.W. II as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army with the 7th Infantry Division, 184 Regiment Co “I” in Okinawa and in Seoul, Korea with the Occupation Troops 7th Quartermaster Co.

Herbert worked part time for his family’s business the H.C. Pond Lumber Company since he was a kid. He started full time in 1946 after coming home from the war. He was promoted to Manager in the 1950’s and later becoming the owner and President of H.C. Pond Lumber Company in 1970. He retired in December of 1993 when the business closed after 90 years.

He was a member and Past President of the Auburn Rotary Club; Director of the Auburn Sportsman’s Club; Life member of the National Rifle Association; a member of North American Hunting Club; a member of Ducks Unlimited; a member of Wildlife Forever; Past member of Century Sportsman’s Club; a member of Auburn Gun Club; Past member and Director of Massachusetts Lumbermen’s Association; a former part-owner of the Barnard Camp in Barnard, VT and Life member of the Joel H. Prouty Lodge of Masons.

Burial with military honors will be in Hillside Cemetery, Auburn. Donations in his memory can be made to Wildlife Forever at www.wildlifeforever.org

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