October 22, 1913 – March 28, 2006
Harry Halliday passed away on March 28, 2006, in Surrey, B.C. He was born on October 22, 1913, in Halifax, England. Harry immigrated to Canada as a young boy with his mother and sister Vera. Although he returned briefly to England, in a stormy winter crossing, he made Canada his home in 1928. He worked long hours as a farm hand on the plains of Alberta, learning to handle a team of 16 horses on a combine, taught himself to play the guitar and played for local dances. As a young man, he moved north to Ft. McMurray, Alberta, where he met and married his young wife Jean Leggett. Jean and Harry built their own log home and raised two sons, James and William. He joined the RCAF during WW2 and became a navigator with the rank of Sergeant. In 1947 they moved out of the north to settle in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia. A skilled master carpenter, Harry worked for many years as foreman in heavy construction building bridges, pulp mills, and hydroelectric dams. Locally, the Pitt River Bridge and the Stave River Bridge at Ruskin are two that he helped construct. To all who knew him, Harry was a hard-working, capable, self-deprecating man with a quick smile, a competitive spirit, and strong determination. He could quickly answer crossword puzzle questions, even after suffering a stroke; He loved cards, cribbage, curling, golf, and horseshoes. He is survived by his close friend Loretta Edwards, two sons James and William, four grandsons William, Michael, James Jay, John, and many great grandchildren.
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