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Harry R. Jobes, prolific Havre de Grace decoy carver and a waterman, dies

Harry R. Jobes, prolific Havre de Grace decoy carver and a waterman, dies

Harry Robert Jobes, an acclaimed Havre de Grace decoy carver and retired patrol boat captain, died of pneumonia Friday at Harford Memorial Hospital. He was 82.

Born in Wilmington, Del., and raised in Havre de Grace, he was the son of Donald Keith Jobes, an Aberdeen Proving Ground worker, and his wife, Lorelle Evangeline Beauchamp, a stenographer.

According to a family biography, he grew up among decoy carvers. As a 7-year-old, he learned his craft from a carver who lived around the corner, Charles Nelson Barnard. He hand-sanded wooden duck heads and would apprentice with other carvers as he grew older.

He was a 1953 graduate of Havre de Grace High School, where he...

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