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Harold Sawyer

Harold Robert John Sawyer

Monday, February 12th, 1934 - Saturday, December 1st, 2018
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Sawyer, Harold Robert John
Harold Robert John Sawyer, age 84, passed away peacefully at the Headwaters Health Center in Orangeville on the morning of Saturday, December 1, 2018. His beloved wife, Joan, was by his side as he was ushered into eternity.
He grew up in Bowling Green, Ontario with three brothers: Howard, Glen, Barry, and one sister, Ruth (Gate), all of whom have previously passed away.
Harold and Joan (Wagstaff) were married on March 30, 1957 in Laurel, Ontario.They have two children: Neil (Deb) of Minnesota and Craig (Cindy) of Nova Scotia.
Harold was known for his generosity and humour. He and Joan travelled thousands of miles to visit their children and grandchildren; they were foster parents to a number of kids and honorary grandparents to many others. He was a hockey coach in his younger years and an avid fan of Orangeville Northman Lacrosse.
He could be seen cutting lawns, shoveling snow, giving rides, and delivering meals to myriads of people.
Harold had an endearing sense of humour. He was a practical joker and did not let age sour his zest for life. It was an adventure to play cards and crokinole with Harold and Joan.
Harold was an active part of Compass Community Church. He and Joan volunteered as greeters at the church and would often invite newcomers for lunch after church. The Bible was his life guide and Jesus was his Rock and Saviour.
Harold did not want a funeral service. His wishes were to be cremated and have a Celebration Service with Joan at the time of her passing.
A special thanks to the many who provided emotional and physical support to Harold in the past year. He treasured your acts of kindness.
A tree will be planted in memory of Harold in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair.com
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Jenny D

Posted at 06:11pm
Harold was a special man who touch many peoples lives. He took my brother Daniel to Friendship Club and they also frequented Tim Horton’s. Harold was a special man with a big heart. He is greatly missed. My condolences to the family during this difficult time.

Cheryl Russell

Posted at 02:03pm
I remember the first time I actually met Harold, I felt like I already knew him. I remember saying to him, I think we've met I just cant figure out where. Then I realized that I had seen him cutting grass, gardening, getting coffee, shoveling snow. He always had a smile and a warm hello. And for anyone that knows me I say Hi to everyone. When I told Harold that I lived in Laurel, we instantly connected. What I didnt know about my little sleep town, he quickly filled me in. I'm a PSW and one day Harold said, "I hope that if ever the day comes that I need help I hope that I get someone like you Cheryl". Then what he said next touched me even more. He thanked me for loving what I do and for caring for his friends and neighbours, and for all the hello's and little acts of kindness I showed to him and Joan. When I went to visit Harold in the Hospital, I wasn't sure how he would feel about a surprise visit. Much to my surprise and I shouldn't have been surprised at all, he thanked me for coming and said that I had made his day. Harold also made me laugh and drop a few tears during that visit to the hospital. He said "I'm not sure when I'm going to reach the finish line but I've worked hard getting there, and I hope it's down hill, I don't have a chance if I have to climb". Harold you will be sadly missed for fondly remembered.

Evelyne Sawyer

Posted at 06:26pm
My heartfelt love and sympathy to my dear sister-in-law Joan and Neil,Craig and their families-Harold will be missed by so many that he faithfully served over the years.Thankfully,he is in a better place with no more suffering.Rest in peace Harold-we will meet again!-Evelyne

Fay Gallagher

Posted at 12:59pm
On our last visit to the hospital Uncle Harold was giving Rosemary and I support over the loss of our mother. He was kind and generous to the end. I will miss bumping into you at Timmies and Rose will miss seeing you at Ribfest. You were a great community supporter. We send our love and support to Aunt Joan, Neil,Deb,Craig, Cindy and family. Sincerely Fay, Adrian, Rosemary and Philip.

Darlene Row

Posted at 11:07am
You will be missed and always remembered. Love always, Darlene
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