August 24, 1936 – February 13,2020
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HAROLD JAMES ROBERT AITKENHEAD
In the arms of his sons, Harold Aitkenhead breathed his last breath, on February 13, 2020. Sons Thor and Sean; daughter Yoshiko and Sandy; sisters Joyce and Carol; brothers James and Ross; numerous nieces, nephews, grand nephews, grand nieces; great grand daughter Emily as well as many friends carry the weight of his loss. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Hildur Aitkenhead nee Palsson, never recovering from her loss in December 2000; beloved sister Constance; and brother William as well.
To know him was to love him.
Harold was born in Whitemouth to James and Elizabeth Aitkenhead (neé Webb, Minky) on August 24, 1936. Raised in Whitemouth Manitoba, he lived, loved, worked and fought in Vancouver, Gimli, CFS Gypsumville, Portage la Prairie, Winnipeg and many parts of Canada in his younger days. He was a proud working man that fought for the rights of everyone, in his union and beyond. He was a teacher that was self-educated, a forest spirit, a mentor to many, fisherman, hunter, cook, bon vivant and a damn good electrician. He was a poet:
The Maple - The Trees Are Alive
Southwest wind blowing hard
The trees are rocking to and fro
The old maples squeak
And hold their own
A sudden gust
Then fall like stone
To mother earth
Where they came from
A mix of H 2O and sun
To stand and shade
For one hundred years
Then fall up-rooted
But shed no tears
They are then cut up
Split and piled to dry
Then they are burned to ashes and dust
To climb once more into the sky
Where sun and rain
will make them grow again
To drop their leaves before the snow
To lend their shade to everyone
On days when they are soaked with sun
To grow and grow
For one more day
Until its time to pass away
You could rely on him in any situation.
We want to thank our family and friends for their invaluable love and care throughout our struggles.
A funeral service will be held between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. this Sunday, February 23, 2020 at St Paul's Anglican Church, 830 North Drive in Fort Garry, Winnipeg. A Memorial Celebration will be held at the family house beside his beloved Whitemouth River on Sunday, August 23, 2020. All are welcome. The family would appreciate support for close friends that just lost their 18-year-old daughter and they need a helping hand. In lieu of flowers, please email transfer your donations to Cheryl & Eldon at firstname.lastname@example.org,
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