Harry grew up in the Courtice area as a happy, gentle, and free-spirited child.
Since the age of 18, Harry struggled with his own personal demons that revealed their presence through his years of struggling with mental illness.
Despite this, all who knew Harry well, were touched by his humour, his loving spirit and at times, his extremely feisty demeanour.
Even though he struggled his entire adult life with his illness, Harry’s life had great purpose and meaning to all those who knew him well. Harry could make you laugh in the most unexpected and refreshing ways and he would often say or do things that would reveal the innocent child that still lived within him.
Although my beautiful brother Harry no longer walks amongst us here on earth, his memory will be treasured by all the people who knew him. Harry spent all of his adult life in various mental health facilities and I am so grateful that he spent his last years surrounded by the loving care of the staff at Reachview Village Long-term Care in Uxbridge.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the staff at Reachview Village who took such good care of Harry throughout the years. Not only did they take care of his physical needs, they understood and respected him for who he was as a person far beyond his mental illness.
Each and everyone of the nurses, the personal service workers, Dr. Batton, the management team, the cleaners, the recreational staff and cooks at Reachview Village are my heroes who showed their true colours during Harry’s recent battle with Covid-19.
Words cannot express how much I appreciate and respect the work they are doing during these unprecedented times.
Harry leaves behind many family and friends including both his parents, a brother and many cousins that he grew up with and knew him before his demons arrived.
Donation in memory of Harry in can be made to the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario.
A Sunset Celebration of Life in honour of Harry will take place on Beausoleil Island in Georgian Bay this coming August.
I love you Harry with all my heart.
And even though we are now apart,
And even though you were my good friend,
I could not be with you in the end,
You know I would have been holding your hand,
Instead I held your heart in the palm of my hand.
Loving you always,
Your sister, Judy.
That special man
I smiled today but in such a different way
Not from something you said or something you did
But because I knew, you are no longer sad.
I watched you float from earth to sky
From my backyard, as you waved goodbye.
How I laughed and danced with joy
To see again, that amazing boy.
For so many years you could not escape
The prison walls that sealed your fate.
But today, on this so special day
In the place that held you, you found the key.
And with your hand so tired and fragile
You opened the door, and just walked away.
I thank you Harry for being my friend
Now go and play and grow up to be
That special man.