Harold Aitkenhead

August 24, 1936 – February 13,2020

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HAROLD JAMES ROBERT AITKENHEAD

In the arms of his sons, Harold Aitkenhead breathed his last breath, on February 13, 2020. Sons Thor and Sean; daughter Yoshiko and Sandy;  sisters Joyce and Carol; brothers James and Ross; numerous nieces, nephews, grand nephews, grand nieces; great grand daughter Emily as well as many friends carry the weight of his loss. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Hildur Aitkenhead nee Palsson, never recovering from her loss in December 2000; beloved sister Constance; and brother William as well.

 

To know him was to love him.

 

Harold was born in Whitemouth to James and Elizabeth Aitkenhead (neé Webb, Minky) on August 24, 1936. Raised in Whitemouth Manitoba, he lived, loved, worked and fought in Vancouver, Gimli, CFS Gypsumville, Portage la Prairie, Winnipeg and many parts of Canada in his younger days. He was a proud working man that fought for the rights of everyone, in his union and beyond. He was a teacher that was self-educated, a forest spirit, a mentor to many, fisherman, hunter, cook, bon vivant and a damn good electrician. He was a poet:

 

The Maple - The Trees Are Alive

Southwest wind blowing hard

The trees are rocking to and fro

The old maples squeak

And hold their own

A sudden gust

Then fall like stone

To mother earth

Where they came from

A mix of H 2O and sun

To stand and shade

For one hundred years

Then fall up-rooted

But shed no tears

They are then cut up

Split and piled to dry

Then they are burned to ashes and dust

To climb once more into the sky

Where sun and rain

will make them grow again

To drop their leaves before the snow

To lend their shade to everyone

On days when they are soaked with sun

To grow and grow

For one more day

Until its time to pass away

You could rely on him in any situation.

We want to thank our family and friends for their invaluable love and care throughout our struggles.

 

A funeral service will be held between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. this Sunday, February 23, 2020 at St  Paul's Anglican Church, 830 North Drive in Fort Garry, Winnipeg. A Memorial Celebration will be held at the family house beside his beloved Whitemouth River on Sunday, August 23, 2020. All are welcome. The family would appreciate support for close friends that just lost their 18-year-old daughter and they need a helping hand. In lieu of flowers, please email transfer your donations to Cheryl & Eldon at kstarfobister@gmail.com

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