A devoted husband and father, and a God-fearing man of dignity, Archibald C. Harding graced this earth for 103 years.
Archibald was born on May 8, 1915 in Georgetown, Guyana and grew up in Beterverwagting Village on the East Coast of Demerara, Guyana. He was married to Veronica Harding (affectionately called "Mavis") for 53 years, and with this union, they raised their beautiful children.
A house is made of sticks and stones, but the foundation of a home is love. A carpenter by trade and very industrious, Archibald built a house and a home in Triumph for his large family. He was a true entrepreneur— a farmer and a grocery store owner. A family-oriented man of integrity, he did his best to maintain the wellbeing of his household.
Archibald was a politically-motivated activist, who also served in the village council in Guyana. He was part of the men's choir in Guyana and at Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York, and was a well-respected, active Deacon. Along with his dear wife, Archibald was caring and generous. Besides raising their own children: Joseph, Yvonne, Wendy, Hazel, Lenox, Oswald, Marva, Trisalene, Roxanne, Marsella, Nathalie, Beverly and Ingrid, they helped to raise many others in the same home. Archibald was the godfather of Wayne, Robert, and others. He ensured that all of his children were educated and well-rounded.
He was a loving disciplinarian who raised his children to love the Lord. On Sunday mornings before heading to church, the Harding children took part in family devotion and they each had a role to play. As they walked together to Calvary Baptist Church, people looked through their windows with admiration. Many may have thought they were rich with material wealth, but rather, they were rich with love.
In 1985, Archibald and his beautiful wife migrated to the United States, joining their devoted children. When asked about his goal for his later years of life, he would simply put up three fingers and say, "triple digits." He exceeded that, plus three. He was a member of multiple senior centers throughout Brooklyn, where he was lovingly called "Sunshine."
Archibald C. Harding was the fourth of 10 siblings and was blessed to be the last surviving child. His loving wife, Veronica, preceded him to glory 17 years ago. Archibald C. Harding created a legacy of 12 children, 37 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed and his memory will always be cherished by countless relatives and friends.
May his soul rest in perfect peace and may his great legacy live on through his loved ones.