• Oct. 23, 2016 7:00 a.m.

GROUETTE; Harold Kenneth (Grouch)

July 6, 1927 – October 23, 2016

He was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba and he passed away at the Chilliwack Hospital. He was the eldest son of Ildose and Celina Johnson, his brothers Doug and Bill and sisters Dora May predeceased him. In 1947 he married Helene Faucher and together they had 7 children Linda (Ed), Nancy, Gloria (Darren), Harley (Debby), Paul (deceased), Ben (Karin) and Fred (Pat). He has 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He volunteered with the Winnipeg Rifles in 1943 to fight in WWII, when he returned to Winnipeg he went back to work at the grain elevator but the military was in his blood and he re-enlisted in the PPCLI and in 1950 he volunteered to fight in Korea War. In 1967 he spent six months in UN Peacekeeping duty in Raffa, Egypt. He spent most of his career in Western Canada and retired in 1974 at CFOCS Chilliwack and immediately began a second career for 15 years as a Supply Officer at Agassiz Federal Prison.

He was a complicated man, he loved the outdoors and he always had a northern hunting trip teed up, he also loved golfing, bicycling and he took great pride in being “in shape”. He was a voracious reader especially military history and usually had 3 or 4 books on the go, he had a love of military music especially the bagpipes. He was a great storyteller, he appreciated practical jokes and he loved his dogs Max, Reb and Sir Tugford III. He was stricken with Parkinson’s disease for 11 years and though he suffered on a daily basis with a bad back and knees from parachuting and hearing loss from mortar fire, he never complained, he was brave right up until the end. He was a man’s man and many people cherished him, he will be greatly missed. Our family would like to thank Dr. Tom Hopkins for over 40 years of excellent care and friendship. The Waverly staff for their support and all the kind home support workers from Fraser Health, especially Toni Donick. Also Dr.’s Ens and Wojick for your kindness and support you gave us with both our parents. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Parkinson’s Society of B.C. There will be a Military Service at #280 Vedder Legion on November 25, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.