Harold Kimball “Dan”
Dan left us unexpectedly on July 12, 2007 at the age of 73. He will be sadly missed by his devoted wife of fifty years, Shirley, his children Byron, of Vancouver, Pat (Bob) of Crofton, Emo (Janice & Sons – Brennan, Jace) of Port Hardy and Judy (Dave) of Courtenay. Grandchildren Paisley and Morgan of Vancouver and Cody of Courtenay.
Predeceased by his parents, Byron and Mabel Boone; brothers William and Raymond. Survived by brother Elwood (Joan) of Halifax; sisters Lila (Lloyd) of PEI, Doreen (Bill) of Fredericton, and Mary (Milt) of Nevada; and sister-in-law Allie of Fredericton; as well as many other family members and friends.
After 30 years of military service, both in Canada and abroad, he retired at 48 in the Comox Valley where he was stationed in 1974. Originally from the Maritimes, he grew to love the West Coast, especially Vancouver Island. For a few years after retirement he became the “Branch Manager” operating a small yard and lawn service, developing an interest in indoor and outdoor horticulture, while maintaining the grounds and fish pond at the d’Esterre Gardens Senior Complex for the enjoyment of the residents.
In his earlier years he had been an avid hunter but later preferred feeding the animals and hunted armed only with a camera. He often could be found walking the beach at Pt. Holmes feeding the seagulls or at the Comox docks taking photos of whatever piqued his interest, frequently striking up conversations with strangers, acquiring new friends, including many tourists from Europe and Southeast Asia, with whom he continued to correspond via the internet. He was an avid reader and being particularly well-versed in Comox Valley history, often had an interesting tidbit of information or anecdote to share.
He also enjoyed travelling with his wife, Shirley, whether it was a day trip to various destinations on the Island or a more adventurous rafting trip down the Yukon River. He was a familiar figure at the Farmer’s Market and garage sales, spending many a Saturday morning looking for a new treasure. He was gregarious and outgoing, possessing a keen sense of humor and an appreciation for the absurd, often reflected by his purchases at these sales. Dan was active in the Royal Canadian Legion for many years, serving in many capacities. In 2002 he was accorded the honor of Life Member in recognition of this service. He was also a member of AA benefiting from their philosophy and support while extending his support and encouragement to others.
A Poppy Service and Celebration of Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160, 1825 Comox Ave., Thursday July 19th, 2007 at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dan’s memory to the Poppy Fund at the Comox Royal Canadian Legion or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
The family would like to thank the attending members of the Comox Fire Hall and the BC Ambulance Service for their quick response and valiant efforts.