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HARVEY RALPH MOHR September 14, 1934 - December 1, 2011 Harvey passed away unexpectedly but peacefully doing what he loved best - caring for his family. The son of Karl and Katherine Mohr, Harvey was the second youngest of a family of 13 children: Evelyn, Leslie, Anne, Minnie, Johnny, Vi, Norman, Doreen, Lloyd, Eleanor, Georgina and Garry. He grew up and attended school in Regina. He made his way to Flin Flon, Manitoba with his job at the Hudson Bay Company. In Flin Flon he met and fell in love with Deanna Stephanie Taylor. The couple married and moved to Sarnia, Ontario where they had two children: Kyle and Dana. While in Sarnia, in addition to his work with the HBC, Harvey rose to the rank of President of the Atomic and Chemical Workers Union of America. Harvey and his family were transferred by the HBC to Montreal in the early 1960s. Harvey spent his happiest years in Quebec where he made and maintained lifelong friendships. He had many career highlights in Toronto and then in Winnipeg. He was a talented football player in his early years, and enjoyed coaching his children's baseball, hockey and ringette teams. His other favourite hobbies included showing dogs, collecting Inuit art, winemaking, gardening, and rabbit and dog sitting for his daughter. But his hobbies paled in comparison to his all-consuming love and passion for his family. Never was a family so loved, so secure and so protected. His world revolved around their world and by extension their friends' worlds. He was a second father to many of his children's friends. He cared for and guided those who were in need of a positive parental influence. His strong moral compass shaped the direction of his children's lives and their integrity. His love and devotion to Deanna, his wife of 52 years, was equally matched by her unwavering love and commitment to this gentle man. He was a quiet, good, honest man of great character, whose constant concern for others included the less fortunate. His family wishes to thank the many people over the years that have made his life so very special and most recently the emergency team at St. Boniface Hospital who cared for him in his final moments. Harvey, Dad, you are greatly loved and will be deeply missed. At Harvey's request, the family held a private remembrance. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Siloam Mission. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on December 10, 2011