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Harold "Hal" Cartright

On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, Harold Edward Cartright, “Hal”, loving husband and father passed away at his home in Fishing Creek, Maryland at the age of 85. Hal was born on May 5, 1935 in Washington, D.C. On November 4, 1954, he married Lois May Reedy. Lois and Hal just celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. Hal and Lois have been a member of the Fishing Creek community for over 40 years. Hal worked as an engineer for over 30 years at Hydranautics, Inc. before retiring to Fishing Creek and opening Hal-Lo machine shop serving the watermen in the area. Hal also served our country in the Army and was a devoted member of Hoopers Island Volunteer Fire Department serving in many positions earning the Outstanding Service award.
They raised three children in Beltsville, Maryland. Survivors include his wife Lois, daughter Tammie Roppelt (husband Donald), son Randy Cartright (wife Barbara) and daughter Vickie Vargo ( husband Wesley); granddaughters, Brigitte Stancill, Monica Cordero and Michelle Vargo; grandsons, Kyle Cartright, Brandon Vargo, and Ryan Cartright; and great grandson Oliver Stancill and great granddaughters, Crimson Cordero and Eliana Cartright.  He also had many loving nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his grandson Nicholas Cartright and his four sisters and one brother.
Hal loved to tinker in his garage, watch the sun set over the bay  and ride his bicycle up and down the island having traveled the equivalent of around the world. In his younger days, Hal and Lois traveled to all 50 states and Europe. He loved to fish and hunt and work on his old time roadster with a rumble back seat. He loved to play with his grandchildren and always had many activities planned from a home-made swing to fishing from the pier.
The family would ask that donations be made in lieu of flowers to: Hoopers Island Fire Company.
Due to the current pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A.

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On behalf of his classmates and the Golden Techites of McKinley Tech High School in Washington, DC., we extend condolences to his family and friends for their loss.

Bill Butler Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Harold Cartright

Rick and Tina Yinger Dec 7 2020 12:00 AM

When Hal and Lois first came to Hoopers Island we shared lots of visits back and forth usually to his shop where he would share some of his amazing projects. He loved a challenge and especially while Harry was clamming there was always a " Hal, do you think you could fix this or make this ?" and after a little time spent, "How in the world did you break that etc." he would make it and always make it better than ever. When Randy moved here he came to work with Harry and Hal always trusted that Harry would show him the ropes and try to help him in any way. He was a wonderful friend and the island will miss him, Hugs to all of the family,

Jeanne Phillips Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Harold Cartright

Mary McAuliffe Nov 29 2020 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.

Dennis Mitchell Nov 29 2020 12:00 AM

We will miss seeing him on his bicycle; he would always stop by to say a few words if he saw Johnny at the boat ....Thoughts and Prayers for all the family

Joanie & Johnny Parks Nov 28 2020 12:00 AM

Such a dear and sweet man. Condolences to all the family with much love and prayers for comfort.

Colleen Curran-Bromwell Nov 27 2020 12:00 AM