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Harold Elmer Atkinson 1922 – 2019

Posted By Drake Smith On May 31, 2019 @ 4:48 pm In Obituaries | 7 Comments

In Memorial







In loving memory of
Harold Elmer Atkinson

Harold was born on December 21, 1922 in New Westminster BC and passed away on May 19, 2019 aged 96 of natural causes in Kamloops BC.

Predeceased by his wife Ruth (2005), his brother Ron (1998), his father George (1977), his mother Gertrude (1945), and many beloved relatives and friends. Survived by children Carolyn (John) Gill, John (Bonnie) Atkinson, George (Teresa) Atkinson, Louise (Dave) Danskin. Grandchildren, Suzanne, Samantha, Michael, Sandra, Lesley, Laura, Amanda, Georgia, Deanna and Jenny and 8 great grandchildren.

Harold grew up in Kitsilano and Burnaby. He graduated from UBC with a B.A. (Sc.) and while managing and eventually owning Fletcher Lumber he became a founding member of the IRLY Bird organization.

He loved the outdoors and with his family camped, hiked, and skied. Memorable destinations included Spruce Lake, Expo 67, Maui, Japan, Mystery Trips, any place where there were singable, danceable songs and particularly his children’s homes. Upon retirement he and Ruth moved to Salt Spring Island and plunged into island life. There, he loved golf and singing with the Salt Spring Island Choir. Moving to Kamloops 13 years later he devoted himself entirely to caring for Ruth.

In the past decade his real joy was watching his many offspring grow and learn. Frequent calls, photos and visits by family and friends sustained him. To the end he was involved and interested in what they were doing, smiling as he looked at real time pictures of them. He was the first to say that he had a wonderful life.

Special thanks to the caring staff of Chartwell Kamloops and Royal Inland Hospital. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, 22 June 2019 at 2:00 PM at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on 6th Avenue in Kamloops. Reception to follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish are asked to give to a charity of their choice.

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Condolence from Ashley on June 3rd, 2019 1:03 pm

My heart will forever be missing a piece of it knowing Harold’s smile wont be lighting up the room any more. I met him and Ruth back when o was a teenager at Berwick and maintained a friendship with him for many years. To describe him as an incredible friend would be an understatement. Harold had a wealth of stories and knowledge and was open to trying new experiences and of course laughing about them. My kiddos loved visiting with Harold and adopted him into their hearts like a bonus grandparent. I am so lucky and grateful to have beautiful memories to cherish of such a wonderful guy. I owe a lot of the light in my dark days, and a fair bit of sunshine in the good ones to him. Until we meet again Harold, we love you.

Condolence from Lesley & Walt Hames on June 7th, 2019 1:08 pm

Dear Louse and Dave, So sorry to read of the death of your father. What a wonderful rich and full life he has had. I remember visiting your home in the Ioco area in the early 1970’s. He was certainly a great dad and involved grandparent from what I have read. We are thinking about you & will be in your area this summer. Just wanted you to know we are thinking of you.

Condolence from Steve Gore on June 10th, 2019 8:27 am

Fond memories of your father & family:

– Early 1960’s IRLY BIRD
– Langley Truss Plant
– 1965 canoe trip down Peace River
– 1965 Whistler to open, but didn’t until 1966 so we went ice skating on Alta Lake, Rainbow
– 1968 Christmas in Jamaica … croquet matches !!!
– 1969 Hiking trip to Garibaldi – left due to fire hazard – finished at Twin Lakes, Mt Baker area
– Skiing trip to Silver Star
– Hiking into Widgeon Lake and Cheakamus Lake
– 1983 Horse trip to Spruce Lake
– 2009 Last time seeing your dad at Richard Gore’s Memorial

My sincerest condolences – unfortunately I am not able to attend his service

Condolence from Keith Vitter on June 16th, 2019 6:56 am

My condolences on the passing of your father.
I have many fond memories of our times around Ioco and Alderside

Condolence from sheila and don Riley on June 16th, 2019 9:53 am

Dear George and family- we were sorry to read of Harold’s passing in the Sun and that brought back so many happy memories of our New Year’s Eve Murder Mysteries at Half Moon Bay shared with so many close friends- laughing and singing and swimming to bring the new year in. He will be missed- sincerely- Sheila and Don Riley

Condolence from Donald Myhre on June 17th, 2019 6:10 am

Harold was one of the most engaging personalities we have ever met. Always on the go and always happy. Spruce Lake visits will always be treasured. We were saddened to hear of his passing – our heartfelt sympathies to John and family.

Don and Cris Myhre

Condolence from Trevor Klinkhamer on June 22nd, 2019 6:12 pm

I loved Harold’s smile and easygoing appreciation of life and relationships with people.
He did have a great life from my experience.
We will miss him .

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