Was taken from us suddenly and unexpectedly on April 25, 2013 while doing one of his many hobbies, gardening.
Harold is lovingly remembered by his wife of 63 years, Mildred; sons: Jay and Dale (Karen); daughter, Terri, grandchildren: Carly, Ashley, Kyle, Anna and Sara (Ryan); great-grandchild, Gabrielle; sister, Emma, Oregon; brothers: Lloyd (Kay), Ken (Shirley), Elmer (Linda), Reg (Lydia ), and Allan (Kathy); numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Harold was born in Anaheim, CA, on August 19, 1925 to Albert and Lydia Dargatz. The family moved to Alberta in 1930 and then to Chilliwack in 1945. Harold married Mildred in 1949. After spending a few years in logging and construction in Alberta and B.C. Harold and Mildred settled back in Chilliwack in 1956 where Harold continued in construction. Harold and his brothers built many houses around Chilliwack and all are still standing today. He then turned his interests to millwork at Lyle Forest Products as Plant Superintendant until his retirement in in 1988.
Harold thoroughly enjoyed his many years of retirement pursing the hobbies he loved, fishing, wood carving, gardening, wine making, traveling, RVing and family projects in his shop.
Harold was a long-time member of the Chilliwack United Church where he was personally involved in many improvements requiring his craftsmanship.
A celebration of Harold’s life will be held at Chilliwack United Church, 45835 Spadina Ave, at 2:00 p.m. on Friday May 3, 2013. Tea to follow.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Chilliwack United Church, or the B.C. Epilepsy Society at #2500-900 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver V5Z 1E5.
“Do not walk behind me, I may not lead. Do not walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”