August 14, 1917 – July 8, 2009
On Wednesday evening, July 8th, 2009 Harold died in his daughter’s garden with his family at his side. We are awestruck and humbled by the depth of our grief at his death. We miss him more than is imaginable. He left us peacefully and quickly.
He leaves behind his much loved wife Norma; children: Peter Abear, Michele Hind and Ren Abear, brother-in-law Nick Van Kley, sister-in-law Helen Jean Neil, daughter-in-law Liz McKnight; adored grandchildren: Helen, Elliot and Holly Abear; many nieces and nephews, including Pat Bolton, Katie Loiselle, Ming Neil, Danny and Michael Van Kley; grandniece and nephew Connie and Brandon Van Kley; and of course, Justice.
Harold was a WWII veteran. He attended UBC as a mature student after closing his construction business in the late 50s. He taught school in Quesnel and the Comox Valley before rekindling his talents in building, design, woodworking and ceramics. The Book Club he was a part of for over forty years meant a great deal to him. Reading voraciously, crosswords, and Sudoku continued to keep his mind alert and sharp. Over the years Harold participated in many Unitarian activities beginning in the 60s with potluck meetings at members’ homes. He enjoyed classical, jazz and big band music.
Friends spoke of Harold as a big, gentle, helpfull and kind man with a soft voice who never spoke ill of anyone. His sharp intellect never diminished.
We want to express our appreciation of the remarkable response and kindness of police and ambulance personnel as well as that of friends and neighbours.
We will be having a memorial service at Crown Isle on August 1st at 2:00 pm where we will celebrate and remember Harold’s life.
Any donations, if so desired, could be made to the local Food Bank.