February 24,1931 – December 7, 2023
Just shy of his 94-year goal, Harry passed away peacefully with family by his side on December 7, 2023 in his 93rd year. He is predeceased by Joyce, his soulmate and wife of nearly seven decades, their four children and their spouses Paul, Dave (Phyllis), Scott (Nicki) and Joanne (Pete Kehoe), his grandchildren Graham (Paulina), Fraser (Rachael), Britney (Garrett), Emma (Tim), Trisha (Carlo), Nicole (Shane), Colin, Ben, Olivia, and Kellen, and ten great grandchildren. Harry was predeceased by his sisters Anne Thompson (Jack), and Doreen Falkiner (Ray). Special uncle, second dad and cherished friend to so many in the community.
Harry was an accomplished hockey player in his youth, winning the Intermediate A OMHA MVP award in 1951-52. He left his NHL dreams behind to obtain his Tool & Die Maker apprenticeship with John Bertram & Sons in Dundas. He then took over his father’s business, Beverly Fuels, delivering furnace oil all hours of the day to rural Flamborough residents for over 60 years. Harry continued to contribute to hockey – starting the Rockton Real McCoys with his friend Archie McCoy in the 1970s, raising funds for the building of the Beverly Arena and coaching countless kids in the community.
His volunteer work extended to years of service as a member and President of the Rockton Lions Club, and as a lifelong Mason. He took to the links in the summer, being a decades-long member of the Flamborough Hills Golf Club. His talent as a hobbyist woodworker lives on with cherished pieces in many of his family’s homes.
His family would like to thank staff at The Meadows in Ancaster for taking such great care of “Handsome Harry.”
We will honour Harry’s life on Saturday, January 6th from 1-4pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Lynden. This will be an opportunity to raise a glass, share memories and celebrate a life well-lived.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in Harry’s memory to the Rockton Lions Club or directly to the Rockton United Church.