We announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, William Harold Gray, on January 5, 2021. Harold was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on January 16, 1930. Harold is survived by his wife Dorothy, son Ken (Dawn), daughter Sandra, grandson Mitchell, brother Ed Gray (Marie) in Fredericton, sister Olive Gardiner in Belfast, special cousin Margaret Jackson in Calgary, sister-in-law Paulette Ainsley in Vancouver, brothers-in-law Andre Dupuis (Helen), Lucien Dupuis (Donna), Eugene Dupuis, and Bernard Dupuis (Peggy), as well as many nieces and nephews in Ireland and Canada. Harold was predeceased by his daughter Joanne in 1987. Harold was also predeceased by several family members, in-laws, and friends.
Harold immigrated to Canada from Belfast in 1953, at the age of 22. He joined the RCMP in Montreal in 1954 and was posted to Regina, Saskatchewan for training. Harold's first field training posting was to Prince Albert in December 1954. Subsequent postings were to Melfort, Tisdale, Uranium City--where he met his wife Dorothy--then again to Prince Albert, Regina, Ottawa, and Edmonton. Harold retired from the RCMP in 1975, after 21 years of service, and moved his family to Victoria, BC, where he worked for the Pacific Forestry Research Centre for 17 years.
In 1992, Harold and Dorothy moved back to the prairies to Shellbrook, where they spent many happy and active years amongst family and friends. Harold was an avid curler with the Seniors Curling Club in Shellbrook and held the position of Secretary/Treasurer for many years. Harold loved gardening and excelled at growing tomatoes. Since his days back in Ireland, Harold loved his motorcycles, and took part in a few rallies in the US. Harold will be remembered for his big heart, quick wit, Irish humour, singing and story-telling. Harold and Dorothy moved to the Riverbreeze Retirement Complex in Prince Albert in 2017.
Donations to a charity of choice, in Harold's name, would be appreciated in lieu of flowers, thanks.
A Private Graveside Service will be held at a later date.
Family and friends wishing to send online condolences are welcome to visit www.beaulacfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Beau “Lac” Funeral Home, Marianne Turcotte, Funeral Director, Prince Albert, SK 306-763-3322.
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