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L COL HARLO LLOYD JONES DFC CD (RET.) -

Date of Passing: Oct 01, 2005

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L COL HARLO LLOYD JONES DFC CD (RET.) 1923 - 2005. On October 1, 2005 Harlo, aged 81, died of complications from diabetes and stroke. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Ethel (2003) and dear son Rhys (2002). Born and raised in the village of Dinsmore, SK, Harlo went on to study at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon before joining the RCAF in 1942. He was with 6 (RCAF) Group, the Canadian Group in RAF Bomber Command and flew 32 sorties in Occupied Europe and Germany. After completing his tour in December 1944 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Following the war Harlo resumed his studies graduating from University of British Columbia in 1947. He worked as a journalist with the Edmonton Bulletin and Vancouver Sun from 1948-1950. Rejoining the Air Force in 1950 he was stationed across Canada and in Europe. Following retirement from the Air Force he was Materials Manager for St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg from 1971-1974. Harlo and Ethel were avid travellers visiting Europe many times as well as Africa and Australia. Harlo's last trip was to China. In his retirement Harlo was also active with The Wartime Pilots and Observers Association and he volunteered with The Canadian Aviation Museum journal. Both Harlo and Ethel were members of local community musical groups. Harlo published two books in his retirement. The first, 'O Little Town' (University of Manitoba Press 1995) chronicled his prairie small-town world of the 1920's and 1930's. The second, 'Bomber Pilot' (Vanwell Publishing 2001) recounted his wartime experience. A private graveside gathering took place on October 11, and with the playing of The Last Post family and friends said their goodbyes. He will be lovingly remembered by his surviving children and grandchildren. Arrangements entrusted to: CHAPEL LAWN FUNERAL HOME CREMATION AND RECEPTION CENTRE 885-9715 Family and friends are invited to sign the Book of Condolence at www.chapellawn.mb.ca

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 15, 2005

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