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Peacefully at Northumberland Hills Hospital, on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at the age of 98 with his family by his side. Harold was born in Toronto in 1921. Throughout his youth, he enjoyed playing hockey, where he was League Champion in 1937-1939. In 1939, Harold started his tool & dye apprenticeship with G.E. He joined the Canadian Navy in 1942 where he was in charge of the engine room on many different destroyers. Following a ruptured appendix and the end of the war, Harold married his childhood girlfriend. He was offered the chance to play with the NHL Blackhawks, but chose to focus on his family life. He ran several tool and die shops, including the Avroe.Air. He also trained and raised Labrador retrievers, and started wood carving. Harold joined the Apsley Lions in 1988. After raising four children, he moved to Cobourg in 1995. Harold chaired the Sight First program where he has collected, sorted and packed over 26000 pairs of glasses. Harold has received the Melvin Jones Award, the Helen Kellar Fellowship Award, and the International President’s Certificate. A private service will be held at a later date. Donations to the Northumberland Hills Hospital would be appreciated. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.
Enjoyed uncle Harold's visits always the most quality and he was always so excited to see us kids!I remember fishing with uncle Harold at our cottage at Lake Of the Woods back in the 1970's with his old wooden fishing boat with antique Johnson motor! He always seemed "forever young". Thanks for the great visits and for your service in the RCN so many years ago! You shall forever remain in our memory banks and in our thoughts from time to time!Safe and pleasant journey with your past friends and loved ones in the afterlife!! God Bless!
We will all miss Harold's inquisitive mind and good humour. Remembrance Day next year won't be the same.
To all of Harold’s family, We send our sincere condolences for your loss. Harold was a great man and will be missed by the members of our club. He had many wonderful accomplishments in his life. Many happy memories for you, I am sure. From all his friends at Northumberland Probus.
The northumberland carvers and the CCcarvers stand and salute Harold when he stood for us.I am glad i got to visit him one more time
I am very saddened to hear of Harold's passing.He was a wonderful gentleman. My late husband and I always enjoyed talking with him when he came into our business. I also enjoyed his hugs at Probus.My sympathy to the family.
What a fantastic long, love-filled life he lived. So sorry for your loss but so pleased you all had those treasured last days with him. We will always remember him as being caring and concerned about us, our lives, our kids.. he was a firecracker. Great life lived.
A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:
Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation
We have always enjoyed Harold’s welcome smile & enthusium.He was a great guy & we will miss him!
Fond memories of an uncle that I spent too little time with, but enjoyed the warm times we did share. Hope the family is well and have lots of good memories.
It was my privilege and honor to help Harold in a professional capacity when I worked at BMO. He was always so positive, out going, and active, an inspiration to me. always enjoyed our visits.Mary Ann Kelly
Such a wonderful gentleman. So sorry.For your loss.