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Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE -

To the loss of Harry Delawder Sr., an Elk­ton Viet­nam War vet­eran, an out­spo­ken vet­er­ans advocate and a friend to all in the Ce­cil County com­mu­nity, who died Tues­day. A mem­ber of the VFW Elk­ton Me­mo­rial Post No. 8175, Amer­i­can Le­gion Ce­cil Post No. 15 and Dis­abled Amer­i­can Vet­er­ans Daniel “Doc” Dougherty Chap­ter No. 28, Delawder had his finger on the pulse of the lo­cal vet­er­ans com­mu­nity. He and the late World War II vet­eran Ray Russo were a fre­quent part of the county’s cel­e­bra­tion of the mil­i­tary for years. Delawder was ded­i­cated to help­ing vet­er­ans ob­tain their mil­i­tary ben­e­fits, help­ing scores file pa­per­work and ac­com­pa­ny­ing them to meet­ings, even when his own health de­clined. He spent count­less hours vis­it­ing with el­derly vet­er­ans at Perry Point VA Med­i­cal Cen­ter and nurs­ing homes around the county, many of whom no longer had fam­ily to visit them. The Whig could not have done its re­port­ing on the needs and lives of Ce­cil County vet­er­ans in re­cent years with­out Delawder’s help. He will be deeply missed.

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