July 15, 1948 – July 6, 2012
God saw you getting tired
When a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you
And whispered come with me.
So when we saw you sleeping
So peacefully free from pain,
We could not wish you back
To suffer that again.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Harry after a courageous battle with Multi System Atrophy. He slipped away peacefully at home July 6 with Kelley by his side. His wish was to remain at home in his final days and with the help of family and close friends, that was made possible.
He will forever be missed by his wife of 20 years Kelley and his sons, Dustin (Valerie) and Shane. Harry also leaves behind his two beautiful grandchildren, Charlee Marie, 19 months and Ryder Levi Harry, 6 months. Harry is also survived by his brother John. He was predeceased by his father Harry, mother Ethel and brother Don.
Harry was a broker/co-owner of Royal Lepage Wheeler Cheam Realty. He began his real estate career after his career in the banking business. Harry joined real estate in 1980 and was recently recognized by the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia for 30 years of active membership. In September of 2010 Harry was presented an honorary membership to the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board. He was well respected by his peers and will be missed by many.
Harry was a long time member of The Chilliwack Mt. Cheam Rotary Club where he served as president in 1991/1992. He was always a leader of the pack when it came to volunteering. Harry loved golf, playing poker with his buddies and holidaying and camping with family and friends. Harry just loved his social life.
The family would like to thank Dr. Bartell and his amazing staff for all their compassion and willingness to make Harry’s final months possible to remain at home. It also would not have been possible without help of homecare workers and nurses, especially that of Nurse Donna. Many thanks to all those who came to the house to share stories with Harry.
A service for Harry will be held on July 20, 2012 at The Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould Street, Chilliwack at 1:00pm. A celebration of life will follow at 3:30pm at The Best Western Hotel.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Parkinson Research.