Mr. Makepeace, known affectionately to his friends as “Harold,” was born April 15, 1926 in Sanford, NC, the son of Harold Makepeace Sr. and Maria Makepeace Clark. He was a veteran of the US Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II, receiving an honorable discharge in 1946. A graduate of Boston University, Mr. Makepeace served as the assistant chairman of journalism in the Boston University School of Public Relations and Communication from 1956 to 1963.
Mr. Makepeace was a man of many artistic talents. He was known in his hometown as a fine tenor and he sang in and conducted many choruses. He later opened an art gallery in Boston in the late 1950s, known as the Spiral Shop.
Mr. Makepeace began summering in Marlboro in 1961 and moved there permanently in 1963. He renovated the abandoned Four Corners School House and its stable and turned it into a home and an indoor-outdoor art gallery, named the Spiral Shop after his original Boston art gallery. His gallery and garden quickly became a well-known tourist attraction on Vermont Route 9. He tirelessly transformed what had been a camp and an unkempt field into an eclectic exhibit of horticulture and outdoor art, an exhibit that was continually evolving until he had to close in 2007 due to ill health. During that time, many of his customers became lifelong friends and many unknown artists that he mentored and featured in his gallery went on to successful careers.
In 1977, Mr. Makepeace was elected town clerk of Marlboro, a position he held until his retirement in 1989. As a notary public, Mr. Makepeace performed many weddings in his famous gardens, creating fond memories for dozens of happy couples.
During his residence at the Vermont Veterans Home, Mr. Makepeace became famous for his gardening skills and his floral arrangements throughout the building, and received an award for his efforts from the Bennington Garden Club.
Mr. Makepeace leaves his cousin, Jane Escher and her daughter Kelley Burke, of Sanford, NC, as well as a half-brother, Richard Makepeace.
A memorial service will be held at the Covey and Allen Funeral Home on Main Street in Wilmington. on Saturday, October 13, at 1 pm.
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