The State of Maine lost a true legend on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Harold Joseph – aka ‘Pro,’ ‘Champ,’ ‘HJ,’ ‘Jiddo’ – passed away at Maine Medical Center in Portland at the age of 95.\r\n \r\nHarold was born on October 19, 1922 in Waterville to Rachel and Abraham Joseph. Harold’s father founded Joseph’s Clothing in 1922 in Waterville (where the Joseph Building still stands at the southern end of Main Street), and the family successfully weathered the Great Depression. Harold was a graduate of Lawrence High School and Colby College, a member of the first class to graduate on Mayflower Hill. \r\n \r\nHis college career was interrupted when he enlisted in the United States Army in 1943. He served as a member of Company G in the South Pacific theater, and saw combat in New Guinea and the Philippines. He was especially proud that his company was made up entirely of ‘Maine boys.’ Those boys, and the friends he gained and lost during this time, would remain with him for life.\r\n \r\nHe returned to Waterville in 1945 and met the love of his life as he stepped off the homecoming train, dressed in his dapper Army browns. As they say, the rest is history; Harold and Najla “Naj” (Nawfel) Joseph married in 1946 and were deeply devoted to one another for the next 70 years until her passing in October 2016.\r\n \r\nHarold truly lived a full life, raised a loving and generous family, and leaves a strong family legacy behind him. He and Naj raised three wonderful daughters, Paula Eustis (Jon), Sharon Kimball, and Tenley Baxter (Kris), and welcomed five grandchildren (Sarah and Brian Eustis, Emily Kimball, and Nicklaus and Hali Baxter) into the world. His two great-granddaughters, Elizabeth (6) and Lorinda Eustis (4), have learned at an early age that a fist-bump greeting (taught to them by their beloved Great Jiddo) is one of the most sincere signs of saying hello.\r\n \r\nHarold had a lifelong devotion to athletics and was an avid baseball player in high school and college, and for years was a very competitive and successful golfer. His love and knowledge of the game was passed on to his children and grandchildren. One of his golf highlights was playing a hole with golf legend Sam Snead.\r\n \r\nHe was an esteemed member of the Central Maine community, and ran Joseph’s Clothing and Sporting Goods in Fairfield with Naj, and then his daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Jon Eustis, for nearly 70 years. Harold also had a founding role in the Fairfield Police Athletic League, which has served thousands of youth to this day. \r\n \r\nHarold Joseph will always be remembered as a gregarious and competitive man who was devoted to all things athletic and all things family. He had plans to play nine holes at Pine Ridge this summer, so we hope that you will carry him in your thoughts as you play a round of golf in his honor.\r\n\r\nServices will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, at St. Mark’s Church, 60 Eustis Parkway in Waterville. \r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to either of the following: Fairfield P.A.L. C/O Frank Bouchard Jr PO Box 362 Fairfield, ME 04937 or Honor Flight Maine PO Box 1770 Portland, ME 04104.