ARTHUR B. POOLE
a long time town resident who passed away Nov. 7, 1991
at the age of 79, has been awarded the Arthur B. Poole
award for community service, Bruce Mosher, chairman
of the nominating committee, said recently.
This is the second consecutive year that the Award Committee
has honored a resident who is no longer living.
The committee has honored living residents on an annual
basis for the past 19 years. George Young is this year’s
recipient, which is named for the late industrialist
and community volunteer Arthur B. Poole.
Reynolds was chosen to receive the commemorative award
based on his consistent volunteer service to Harwinton
over the course of his lifetime, Mosher said.
Reynolds helped incorporate the Harwinton Volunteer
Fire Department in the early 1940s and then served as
a volunteer firefighter in the department for several
At the annual Harwinton Agricultural Fair, Reynolds
was in charge of the organization and judging of the
fruit and vegetable display.
He also served as a deacon at the Harwinton Congregational
“He was satisfied with what he had in life,”
his widow, Alva said. “I never knew him to be
jealous of anybody or anything they had.”
As a lifetime resident of Harwinton, he loved the town
and wanted to be involved in its activities.
After the Congregational church burned down in 1949,
Bob chaired the rebuilding committee.
He also served as the church’s financial secretary.
Reynolds owned and managed his own bus company, which
contracted out its three buses and one van to the Region
10 school system.
During World War II he was a member of the board that
rationed out scarce provisions to residents to help
the war effort.
“He’d be happy about the award, but he was
never one to look for publicity,” Alva said.
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