GREENWICH — Harold Franklin Bloomer Jr. was a world-class outdoorsman, winning a sailing trophy as a younger man, as well as kayaking and trekking across the Arctic wilderness. As an older man, he hiked most of the Appalachian Trail.
In Greenwich and across southern Connecticut, he was also known as a major advocate for cycling and other forms of alternative transportation, and the cause of conservation. He died at his home in Greenwich on Friday after a short battle with leukemia. He was 85.