HAVERHILL, MASS. - Harry M. Fleet, head of Fleet Plastics Corp., died April 15 at age 72. Fleet and his wife, Beatrice, co-founded the Haverhill-based brokerage for plastics scrap around 1965. Beatrice Fleet died in 1993 of leukemia.
The firm began as a domestic operation, but in the past several years, it had begun exporting scrap to Hong Kong and places in the Far East.
Fleet split his time between Haverhill and a second home in Lake Mary, Fla. He was a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and a host of Haverhill community groups. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II.
He was a member at Temple Emanu-El in Haverill, where he helped fund a new wing, which will be named for the Fleet family, according to The Eagle-Tribune in Lawrence, Mass.
Fleet suffered a heart attack April 3, and died two days later. He is survived by his son, Stephen M. Fleet; daughters, Shelly Fleet and Laurel S. Friedman; two sisters; and eight grandchildren.