Herbert L. Fielding

July 23rd, 2012

Herbert L. “Herb” Fielding, 86, of Oak Point, Middleboro, a former long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on March 2, 2012 at the University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ.  Born in Boston on July 8, 1925, he was the cherished son of the late Horace S. and Mae (Baker) Fielding.  Herb grew up in Beverly.  He was drafted at the age of 18, after his junior year at Beverly High School, and landed in Normandy on D-Day.

He was part of the 823rd Tank Destroyer Battalion and was a radio operator in one of their machines (which to a bystander looked just like tanks except with wheels).  He was only 19 when he was awarded a Bronze Star for bravery in Battle.  His unit fought at Mortain and St. Lo, and other spots in France and Belgium.

Herb was always an avid photographer, and carried a camera wherever he went, including his time in the Army.  He recently put together a remarkable album of photos he took during the war.

After the war ended, Herb earned a B.S. from Northeastern University, followed by a Master’s Degree in chemistry from UNH.  His career involved working with color photography.  He pioneered in developing holograms.  Herb worked for Eastern Kodak in Rochester, NY, for years and then returned to Massachusetts to spend many years at Polaroid in Cambridge, retiring in 1985.

Herb loved to travel, and would take cross-country trips to see many different places.  He also enjoyed spending time at his summer camp at Lake Winnisquam in New Hampshire.  He enjoyed being outside and working in his garden where he grew his own vegetables.  Herb also was very handy and would spend time tinkering around in his garage, building and fixing things.

Herb was the beloved husband of Priscilla (Tillson) Lockwood-Fielding of Middleboro and Green Valley, AZ, and the late Julia (Webber) Fielding.He was the loving father of Karen Madson and her husband Greg of Indiana and the late Stanley Fielding, survived by his wife Judy Crawford of Wilmington.  He was the cherished “Grampy” of David Fielding, Benjamin Madson and his wife Lillie, Samantha Madson and Matthew Madson. A Graveside Service celebrating Herb’s life, followed by military honors, will be held in Wildwood Cemetery, Wildwood St., Wilmington, on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at 1:30 p.m.    Memorial donations in Herb’s name can be made to Camp Forty Acres, c/o Scott McGrath, 22 Perry Ave., Wilmington, MA  01887.  Arrangements under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc.


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  1. Caroline Rogers Gallivan says:

    Herb will be missed by my family. My Dad, Fielding Rogers was Herb’s cousin. We enjoyed many wonderful celebrations with Herb and Julia. I believe that Herb was captured by Nazis in WW11.

  2. kelsey lee says:

    To the family of Herbert L. Fielding,
    I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that God is “near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” (Psalm 34;18) With sympathy,

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