Lorraine and family, please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of a true gentleman. Dartmouth has lost a shining light and he will be surely missed. He was a brother Owl to me and I treasure the many chats we had at the club. He imparted much to many of us younger Owls and I thank you for sharing him with us. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless.
As many funeral directors and embalmers will recollect, it was Harold that was with them for their practical exams. I, too, was one of the lucky ones. Having Harold to come and observe you for your practical exams was an honour rather than something you were afraid of. Harold's quiet way put me at ease for both of my practicals. I won't forget my practical funeral director's examination. Harold and I were at a tiny church out in the country and for some reason I thought it was necessary to lock the funeral coach. When the pallbearers came out of the church with the casket and someone opened the back door, every alarm and light on that funeral coach screamed! (I don't think he docked me any points for that.) We always welcomed Harold into our funeral homes for his inspections. Although he had a job to do, he did it in such a way that was not intrusive while carrying on friendly chatter. It was always a pleasure to see Harold. I am glad that Harold was recognized at the Convention in Digby a few years ago for his contributions to funeral service. Recognition he no doubt would rather have shied away from, however, was very deserving of. I knew Harold best in a professional capacity and it was indeed a pleasure to know him. My sympathies go out to all of you.
Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home
Truro, Nova Scotia