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HARRY ALEXANDER HOUSTON

Born: Aug 16, 1924

Date of Passing: Aug 20, 2013

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HARRY ALEXANDER HOUSTON August 16, 1924 - August 20, 2013 Peacefully at Seven Oaks Hospital, with family by his side, Harry passed away on August 20 at the age of 89. He was predeceased by his first wife Margaret Aileen in 1973, and his second wife Edith Pauline in 2005. He was also predeceased by his sisters Betty (Alvin-deceased) Miller and Norma (Ewart-deceased) Carruthers and by his parents Lawrie and Edna. He is survived by his son Dale (Michele) of La Salle, daughter Debbie of Victoria, sister Connie (Gordon - deceased) Lofto of Winnipeg and was Poppa to four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Uncle Harry will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews and by many friends. Harry was born and raised in Starbuck and spent much of his adult life farming there. In the winter, he worked at UGG in St. Norbert, commuting with co-workers from Starbuck and Fannystelle. He then worked many years for the Schwartz family at Northern Sales in Winnipeg, eventually retiring from there. While late to the game of golf, Harry became an accomplished player, with three Holes in One to his credit. Apparently all that time practicing his short game along McGillivray Boulevard paid off nicely for him! The family would like to thank the many people who cared for Harry over the last few years, including friends and neighbours in Starbuck, and Cambridge Towers, Auntie Connie and all the wonderful nieces and nephews who visited; the staff at the Waverley, Heritage Personal Care Home, and everyone on Unit 1 on the 4th floor of Seven Oaks Hospital. The care provided at Seven Oaks Hospital was exceptionally competent, kind, and compassionate. Thank You! A funeral service will take place on Sunday, August 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Starbuck United Church with Reverend Cathy Maxwell presiding. A private family burial is planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, if so desired, a contribution can be made to the Alzheimer's Society or to a charity of your choice, or, consider taking a friend or neighbour for lunch or a round of golf in Harry's memory. Dad would like that! Eternal Grace Funerals - 204-505-4559

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2013

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • All my old bosses of the Fort Garry Plant, Northern Sales -including Harry now-are all gone. Being in my senior years now myself, I spent 21 years at the plant working with Harry. I seen him and Jack Montgomery work themselves into the attached office area and after the death of Stan, the last on the plant "supervisor" of whom I worked with ending up running for the most part myself in so many ways. Harry was a wonderful man who understood the common working man. He loved to chat of the old working days whenever he had the chance, and I'd listen intently. He knew so well what it was like to understand how it was to work back in the old days and back then it sort of paralleled how it was with us. We got along so well and told me one day I'll be running the plant, but he also told me the best was to move on, learn a good trade or work at many places in order to have many skills in case the plant closed. He warned me it will one day and the reasons why. But I stayed 21 years not really fully acknowledged for my influence to the whole. I remember Harry's golf "career" , just before work each day. He had that golf "body", tall, slim and cool and calm. One wouldn't think so if one heard of his hard life's story during his farming days, going it alone after two other fella's dropped out of it. I remember him driving his old 64 Chrysler to work laden with lots of heavy tools in the trunk and a snowmobile suit. He was careful as anything could happen in his trips to work in Wpg in the winter. I came to work to find out Stan, his co worker, also played golf. It was funny when I found out hot headed Stan got so mad, he wrapped a club right around a tree. It was the same when we made a small bowling 5 and 10 pin league and made our own trophies. I think Harry, deep inside, was lonely living on his land and he missed his wife. He finally gave up that farm, sold it, and moved more many long years in his condo. But, he found another love and he somehow changed a lot, taking life a lot easier with calmness of heart. My one regret is that I never at least gave them a call once in a while and have a chat. I'm sure I was in their minds for a long time. 21 yrs together for a purpose leaves a bond of sorts especially if one was close to the three of my old bosses, Harry, Jack and Stan Harry was a neat and articulate man in all areas of his life and his job and possessions. He had quit smoking and I believe it was a factor of his long life. He left me with many memories. If there is a life hereafter and a forgiving God, may He embrace him and his soul to the fullest. I could never say a bad word of him. So, in closing, I feel a sense of mortality seeing so many of I worked with in my life now gone. So, God bless you Harry and it seems you left a mark on many people in your life. Embrace him Lord for he was a good hard working man in tough days of life on the farm and working in the unforgiving work of slaving it out in grain elevators until life became quite a bit easier at Northern Sales. He never lost touch with the ordinary working man for which he also related with. Goodbye , Harry - rest in peace now - in that long sleep till one day God will call upon you. - Posted by: Ron M (My boss for some time.) on: Dec 28, 2016

  • Harry was such a happy, kind, warm, and interesting neighbour. Sadly, I just recently found out about his passing. My deepest condolences to his dear family. I would often see him at various locations in the Cambridge Towers building, but two memories have stayed with me about Harry. He was usually up early in the morning and I would see him. In the parkade by his car polishing his hole-in-one plaque. We would talk about golf, farming, and his wonderful children and grandchildren. He asked often about my inner city students and loved to hear funny little stories about them and would tell me about his children when they were young. I loved the man as he reminded me so much of my own father who passed in 2007. God Bless you all. Tracy Semmer Kloos (former neighbour) - Posted by: Tracy Semmer Kloos (Former Cambridge Tower neighbour) on: Sep 20, 2014

  • Harry was a great guy, he loved his golf. He would come to my shop to get his watch battery changed whether it needed it or not. He would talk to my husband and me about golf and his hole in ones. I used to love hearing about some of his life stories. I am going to miss him. He was a kind and funny man. - Posted by: Susan Bishop (Friend) on: Aug 27, 2013

  • There are certain memories that stay with you and I will never forget your dad coming to my rescue as a young child. I was sent to the grocery store in Starbuck and there was a large group of older kids who started throwing snowballs and iceballs as I entered the store. I was petrified to walk back out and your dad offered to walk me home. The whole group of kids followed us all the way and continued to pelt us both with snowballs. Your dad tried to shield me from them as we walked. I have never forgot his kindness that day. I will hold your family in my prayers as you grieve this huge loss and celebrate this kind-hearted man's life. Please accept my deepest sympathy, Cindy Nachtigall (Lupkowski) - Posted by: Cindy Nachtigall (same hometown) on: Aug 24, 2013

  • Harry was a kind and generous man with his time and patience. I remember endless hours playing cards or watching ball games with him. He always had a farming or sports story that entertained all of us kids. He will be missed but always in our hearts. - Posted by: Cam Whitaker (grandson of Edith) on: Aug 24, 2013

  • With deepest sympathy to the family. - Posted by: Erin (Clifford) Fitzgerald () on: Aug 23, 2013

  • We only know his decendants and know that they were reared from a very fine man. Our condolences to all involved. - Posted by: JERRY & SUZANNE GOSSELIN (IN-LAWS) on: Aug 23, 2013

  • I have worked with Harry and golfed with him for many years. I was with Harry for two of his holes-in-one, but his luck never rubbed off on me. He was a good friend and I will miss his ready smile and his infectious laugh. Marilyn - Posted by: Marilyn Arnold (Friend) on: Aug 23, 2013

  • Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time. Prends soins! - Posted by: Lucie & Gillmor (friends of Michele & Dale) on: Aug 23, 2013

  • My deepest condolences to the Houston family - Posted by: Doreen Buss () on: Aug 23, 2013

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