Townie Nation lost a giant today, February 23, 2017 – Harry Mutter, EPHS ’62. Inducted into the EPHS Hall of Fame in 2015. The retired Facilities Director for East Providence Schools was a tireless volunteer for the community especially youth athletics. If he wasn’t at home he was at an athletic event announcing games, selling tickets and supporting Townies everywhere he went.
Harry was a long time member of the East Providence Community & Teacher’s Credit Union Board of Directors and has served annually as treasurer and volunteer for the East Providence Heritage Days Committee.
Harry was a scorer for men’s basketball and football at Brown University. He is also a scorer for men’s basketball at Johnson & Wales University. Harry has been a long time official and referee for CYO basketball. Harry was a standout athlete at East Providence High School and a member of the school’s 1961-1962 Rhode Island State Championship basketball team.
He was also a 2nd team all-state selection for Townie baseball. For more than 30 years, Harry was one of the state’s best softball players. He played on several state and New England championship teams, most notably Conti Brothers, Taylor Brothers, The Hustlers and Bovi’s Tavern. He is still considered one of the state’s best homerun hitters in softball history. He received numerous MVP and batting titles. He has hit over 1,000 homeruns and was an outstanding fielder as well.
Harry was named to the All World Team. In 1997, Mutter was inducted into the U.S.S.S.A. New England Hall of Fame. On most evenings Harry can be found in the gymnasium at East Providence High School or at Pierce Stadium watching or scoring athletic events. Harry is a tireless volunteer for our community!
We mourn your loss across Rhode Island.
Harry was the husband of Patricia A. (Cabral) McKinnon. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Harry C. and Etta (Viall) Mutter. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
Besides his wife he leaves four children, Nicholas J. Mutter of Boston, Kristen Rodenbaugh and her husband Brian of Lincoln, Kerri Mutter of Framingham and Lynn Beaudry and her husband David of Woonsocket, three step children, Matthew McKinnon and his wife Lisa of Rehoboth, Lisa Halterman and her husband Geoffrey of Virginia Beach and Mark McKinnon and his wife Katie of East Greenwich, one sister, Betsy Aldrich of North Attleboro, one brother, Steven V. Mutter and his wife Julie of Newport, nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
His funeral service will be held on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. Burial will be in Rehoboth Village Cemetery. Calling hours Sunday 2-7. In lieu of flowers contributions to Friends of Townie Athletics Organization, PO Box 16521, Rumford, RI 02916 would be appreciated.