Passed away on Feb. 7 , 2010 at 2:30 am at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox. born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on June 26, 1915.
Harry was a quiet modest man who loves his family and was always there for them to provide help and support when needed. He also loved salmon fishing, curling, skating, crib, bridge and ballroom dancing. He rode his bicycle around Courtenay into his late eighties.
The love of his life was his wife of 69 years, Eve, who predeceased him by exactly two weeks, almost to the hour. What a lifelong love story!
Harry was a decorated veteran who joined the Canadian Armed Forces in the first week of the Second World War. He could still fit into his uniform right up until his passing. Harry returned to the Comox Valley at the end of the war. He originally settled with his family into a home on the Dyke Road. Shortly after the earthquake of 1947, he moved to his present home with his wife and sons where he remained for 63 years.
Most people did not know of Harry’s very high intelligence. He was a superb problem solver, a lightning fast learner and a master at card games. He would usually return from Las Vegas with more money than he had when he left. He was capable of making high quality decisions instantly, yet he never displayed his talent in obvious ways.
Harry was blessed with good health right up until his passing. He gardened, helped his wife, Eve, with housework, shopped and drove his car around town. His favorite activity in his final years was to go for a long walk every day.
Harry was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.
Predeceased by wife Eve (Evelyn), niece Louise Thompson (nee Towers), parents Dorothy and Ben, sister Dorothy and brothers Tom and Eric. Survived by sons Lew and Tom, grandchildren Roseanne, Lisa, Kate and MIke, four great grandchildren and one great great grandchild and his brother, Bob.
A family service has taken place. In lieu of flowers donations to the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated.