Richard E. Harding

June 16, 2017
Harding, Richard E

Richard E. Harding (aka “Dr. Lazlo Peckerman”) a comprehensive Renasissance man, lover of motorsports, competitor in, and member of Sports Car Club of America—New England Region, COM Sports Car Club, serving as president in 1985, and NH Sports Car Club where he participated in hill climbs, passed away on June 16th in Nashua after a long illness. Those who knew him were enriched by his knowledge, generosity, sense of humor, sophistication, love of life and kindness to others. He was a man who could show his friends how to have a lot of fun on very little money. Richard brought intense joy and laughter to everyone with whom he came in contact.
He studied Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering at UCLA ((BSME) and Boston University as well as Business Management and Psychology at the University of New Hampshire. Among many employment experiences for many companies, large and small, were Consulting in a Senior Manufacturing Engineering capacity to 20th Century Fox where his work with cameras allowed him to be on the set for the filming of the movies Carousel and Oklahoma among others, and involvement in the design of the B52 for Boeing Aircraft. In 1990, he opened Racit Company specializing in the design and development of high speed rotary engines.
Born in Lynn, Massachusetts on August 18, 1932 to the late Elvin and Gladys Harding, he was also predeceased by a sister, Janet Waterworth of California. He leaves behind his son, Jeffrey of Tucson, AZ; a sister, Elaine Wysocki; several nieces and nephews, including Sharon Silverman of Methuen, MA, Diane Hagerty of Londonderry, NH and James Wysocki of Brentwood, NH. He will be fondly remembered by many friends from all over the New England area and beyond, including his long time and loving companion Jane Fitzpatrick of Nashua, NH.
Private services were held in Nashua, NH. His family would also like to thank the staff of Kindred Healthcare-Greenbriar in Nashua, NH for the excellent care he received for the last year and a half as well as Home Health and Hospice Care.
Arrangements were in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE, 18 Lock Street, Nashua.

2 Comments on Richard E. Harding

Jim Yeames - COM Member/Instructor, 1990 to 2008 said : Guest Report Jul 14, 2017 at 4:20 PM

A gentleman racer, brilliant engineer, and all around nice guy. I enjoyed our conversations about those "silly rotary engines" that he could make sing. You will be missed. Rest In Peace.

Doreen P. said : Guest Report Jun 26, 2017 at 11:22 PM

So sorry to hear of Richard's passing. I have very fond racing memories at the old Bryar track watching the crazy yellow car. RIP Dr. Peckerman

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