Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Doug,

I was very sorry to hear about Susan’s passing and offer you my condolences. We met several times briefly, and it was so nice to hear more about her in the obituary, which was a wonderful tribute to her, and by implication, says quite a bit about you both as a couple!

All best,

Paul Gross

Posted by Paul Gross - Newton, MA - coworker   November 24, 2020

To the Harding family,

Although I only knew Susan for a short period of time when she was on the Board of Directors of Stratford Hall, it was immediately clear to me that she was a force and would be make significant contributions to the Board. I know this is a difficult time for you, but you can be so proud of the legacy she left for her children and grandchildren. Stratford Hall will welcome future visits from members of her family. Just let us know you are coming.

Ginger Collier
Director, Maryland Eastern Shore - Stratford Hall and Member, National Society of Colonial Dames MD-Eastern Shore.

Posted by Virginia Collier - Wickenburg, AZ - Friend   November 09, 2020

Dear Doug,
Gail and I are very sad to read the notice in the Boston Globe on 11/5/2020. We did not know Susan well, but fondly remember the Kentucky Derby party at your home In Lincoln, to which you kindly invited us. I thought the notice in the Globe was extremely thoughtful and I suspect I see your sure hand in the composition. Thank you for providing sufficient detail to fill in our appreciation of Susan and your life together.
I also want to thank you personally for our friendship at Lahey. You were always kind and considerate and thoughtful. I hope that you will be helped in your sorrow by the wonderful memories you have of a remarkable lady.

Posted by Joseph Bowlds, MD - Peabody, MA - Coworker   November 06, 2020

I was both stunned and saddened to read of Susan's death. Her vibrant mind and personality, together with her total engagement in her varied interests, will be missed. My sympathy to Doug and family.

Posted by Joan Burns - Stow, MA - Friend   November 06, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about the families loss of one of their loved one.May the families hearts ♥ be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times the family shared together with the dear loved one lost in death.As the family cherished a wonderful life that was well lived and loved by families and friends.My deepest sympathy and condolences goes out to the families and friends during this difficult time of grief and pain.

Posted by A friend   November 03, 2020

To Susan’s family:
The Holbertons send our deepest sympathy to all the Hardings and a special hug to Sue. We are thankful for the news from St. Anne’s, that traveled to us in NH, so that we could send you our condolences.
With our thoughts to you all in this difficult time,
Anne, Phil and Tod

Posted by Anne - Friend   November 02, 2020


Doug, We are so sad to hear the news of Susan! Our hearts and prayers go out to you, Suzie and Dougie during this time of deep grief. Susan was such an inspiration to our family. Frances and Jordan will certainly have their thoughts and prayers coming your way also. Remembering all the times of laughter, joy and fellowship we enjoyed with you and your family as next door neighbors on Longmeadow Road, makes us smile and send lots of love your way. May you have the peace in your heart that Susan must be enjoying now with God. Elizabeth and Sandy Creighton

Posted by Elizabeth and Sandy Creighton - Lincoln, MA - Neighbor   November 01, 2020

Sorry for your loss. My sympathies and condolences.

Posted by John Rosenberger - Springfield, VA   November 01, 2020

Susan knew so much about plants, and loved to share her knowledge. I will remember her for the Harding's Rhododendron collection and her good company (with Doug) at any good plant conservation lecture or garden tour. She has made me a better plant caregiver.

Posted by Janet Ganson - Lincoln, MA - Friend   October 31, 2020

We will miss Susan so much. She was such a wonderful person to be around, for her kind smile and great conversations. We all thank her for the many invaluable services she rendered to the town of Lincoln, and to the beauty she created for the world.

Posted by DANIELA CARIDE - Groton, MA - Friend   October 31, 2020

We are saddened by the news of Sue's death and offer our deepest condolences to her husband Doug and children. We will remember Sue as an amazing gardener and will always be grateful for the experience and knowledge of the practice of gardening that she shared with us.
Gabrielle Brenninkmeyer and Graham Atkin
Amsterdam Netherlands

Posted by Gabrielle Brenninkmeyer - Amsterdam - Friend   October 31, 2020

This is such a loss-for her family and friends, but also the entire Lincoln community. Susan was the consumate volunteer who wore so many hats in our town, over the years. She left Lincoln a better place.

Posted by Sara Mattes - Lincoln, MA - Friend   October 30, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Condolences toyou and your family!

Posted by Jackie and John Snelingy - Concord, MA - Friend   October 29, 2020