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Harold Ernest Sawl, formerly of Springfield, died July 29 at home in Nevada City, Calif. He was the husband of Beverly Lewis and the late Norma Sawl.  Born in Holyoke on August 24, 1918, he was the son of the late Abraham and Jennie Sawl. He graduated from Chicopee High School and studied at Northeastern College. He owned the Sawl Upholstering Co. before entering the Army in 1943. He served overseas in India, Burma, and China and was a staff sergeant infantry with Merrill’s Marauders on the Ledo Road, then was transferred to the 95th Station Hospital, 14th AAF, Kunming, China, where he served as the chief clerk to the adjutant until the end of the war. Back in Springfield, he ran his upholstery business until he sold it; he then worked as a manufacturers representative for Rose Lamp Co. and Davis Lamp Co. He  was a 62-year member of the Masons and the Melha Temple of the Shriner. Within the Shrine, he belonged to the Highlanders, the “Q”, and the Jesters. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Arthur Sawl and Nancy Patmont of Nevada City, Calif.; and a niece, Pamela Skerker of South Glastonbury, Conn. Memorial contributions may be made to the Melha Temple, 133 Longhill St., Springfield, MA 01108.

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