NEW YORK — Charles R. Harding Jr., 93, a long-time factoring executive, died April 20 on Marco Island, Fla.
Harding started his career in his family’s textile business, Harding Tilton Co., in 1928. Eight years later, he joined the factoring firm of Meinhard-Greeff & Co. and became president and chief executive officer in l954.
Meinhard, then a subsidiary of CIT Financial Corp., was merged with Commercial Factors Corp. in 1964, and Harding was named ceo of the combined firms.
He retired in 1970.
Meinhard Commercial has since been absorbed into what is now known as CIT Group/Commercial Services.
Harding was an enthusiastic sailor and in World War II served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant commander in charge of purchasing the Navy’s woolen requirements.
He is survived by two sons, Edward and Henry; a daughter, Marie; nine grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Edward Harding spent 30 years with Springs Industries and is now with Barn Hill Co., an agent for a group of foreign textile mills.
A service will be held May 31 at 3 p.m. at the First Parish Congregational Church, in York, Maine.

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