Harry Dye Jr.

13 March, 192817 March, 2021


With saddened hearts we announce the passing of Harry Dye Jr. on March 17, 2021 after losing a battle with Parkinson’s at age 93. The loss to his family is immense. The son of the late Harry and Mina Dye, Harry was born in Dundee, Scotland and came to Canada as an infant aboard the R.M.S. Albertic, arriving at Pier 21 on May 5, 1929. His family made their home on King Street in Summerside. Harry’s nick name was “Sunny” due to his blond hair and bright disposition. In all his years, he never complained.

Harry’s life changed forever when at age 15, he joined the war effort; his father was already serving for the second time in a world war, having been a member of the Scottish Black Watch Regiment in WW1. Harry joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in October 1943. His ship, the Canadian corvette “Trentonian” was part of the Normandy invasion on D-Day. He survived the sinking of the “Trentonian” by a German torpedo off Falmouth England in February 1945. This selfless decision to volunteer was in keeping with the generous life that followed.

He was a devoted son, a giving husband, a loving dad, the proudest grandfather and the most loyal friend. He met the love of his life, Shirley after the war and together they shared the responsibilities of raising their children as true partners. Harry was supportive of Shirley’s career as a physiotherapist and shared all the household chores! He was the cook on the weekends (the son of a pastry chef) and homework tutor during the week. He could bake amazing bread and everyone devoured his “Scottish Bridies” each Christmas. He always cooked a mean bacon and eggs for Sunday breakfast and shared his famous hamburgers every summer at the cottage. He waited on his kids and their friends during exam studies with an endless supply of drinks, treats and encouragement. He was known to pour a “heavy drink” if you needed it or not. He could crochet, paint, repair and build anything and had the most organized workshop. His favorite color was green; he always had a green car, green phones, green rooms, green jackets and very green grass. He was a meticulous gardener and supplied us with fresh vegetables every summer.

Harry was Scottish but always had a wallet full of bills for his children and grandchildren and would pay for food at a hockey game, buy ice cream at the Frosty Treat, give to a friend in need, and make a bet at the horse races for whoever wanted to play. He never missed a hockey practice at 6am with Andrew and would load his green station wagon with Andrew’s hockey team and drive them to rinks all over PEI. He and Shirley were avid Junior hockey fans and rang their cow bell for their Western Capitals team in nearly every rink on PEI. True to his Scottish heritage, he could not resist a deal; as a result, he had an overabundance of many essential items!

Upon returning from World War II, Harry worked for the Town of Summerside. In 1968 he followed his entrepreneurial spirit and opened his own business which he ran until the late 1980’s. He loved the simple things in life; drives in the country-side on Sundays, one on one conversations, sunsets at the cottage, playing with his grandchildren, reading and his morning coffee. He boxed as a teenager in the navy, curled with his buds, hunted with his brother -in -law and did daily exercises and walks. He was also a member of the Summerside Kinsmen Club and the Summerside Legion.

His grandchildren often said to him “You are a good man”. The deep loss and his enduring calming presence is felt by his daughter, Catherine (Brian) Johnston of Halifax, NS; son, Andrew (Deborah Crozier) Dye of North Vancouver, BC; his grandsons who he was extremely proud of, Matthew, Colton and Liam Johnston, many special nieces and nephews and his grand dogs Rix and Stella. He was predeceased by his loving wife and best friend Shirley (Callbeck); step son, David Simpson; sister, Edith (John) Mungall; sister, Mina (Ed) McOrmond; brother, Manson; sister-in-law’s, Dorothy (Lloyd) Inman and Jean (Roy) Johnston, brother- in- law Wendell (Helen) Callbeck: brother-in-law, Hal Speers and sister-in-law’s Joan Callbeck and Helen Callbeck. He is survived by brother-in-law Donald Callbeck.

The family wishes to express sincere thanks and appreciation to his Camp Hill family of many nurses, social worker, recreation therapists, support staff and doctors who brought so much love, joy, compassion, dignity and support to Harry over the last five years of his difficult health journey. He said he was blessed to live there.

The care and services are entrusted to Cruikshank Halifax Funeral Home.

There will be a celebration of life for family and friends at later date.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Harry Dye Jr.

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Doreen and Fraser MacKinnon

29 March 2021

Dear Brian, Catherine and Family, So sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Catherine, the closeness you felt for your Dad was always very evident by the way you spoke of him with such love. Im sure that your many wonderful memories will help you in the days ahead. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Sending a big hug to you xoxo
Doreen and Fraser

Nancy Milligan

28 March 2021

Catherine and Andrew,

I was so sorry to learn of the passing of your dad. I have many fond memories of spending time with you and your family. I remember working at your father's shop, trips to the auctions and spending time at the cottage.

Just wanted you to know that both of your parents had a positive impact on my life.

Keeping you in my thoughts......

Kevin McLean

23 March 2021

I was fortunate to meet Harry threw one of his biggest fans, L.J. Bowness I would spend my lunch hour often with Harry. He had great stories and was a class act. I remember one story told to me and it wasn't told to me by Harry because Harry never bragged about himself. Harry and Shirley went to a hockey game. In front of them were some pretty rowdy fans. In the excitement their language became quite colorful. These were young rowdy men and Harry caught their attention and said that he understood the excitement of the game however if they could watch their language around his wife. These men apologized to him. I was so impressed by this story. Later my father worked in the same office and enjoyed Harrys company very much. My deepest sympathies to his family.

Bill Reid

23 March 2021

Dear Catherine and Andrew,
My deepest condolences on the passing of your dad, Harry.
You are both blessed to have had such positive parental influences in your lives.
I only spoke with your mom and dad a few times during the TOSH & MTA years, but even from those brief encounters, I feel assured their infectious smiles, and positive attitudes live on through the both of you!
All the best as you move forward with your families, at this difficult time.

Lorraine McBride

23 March 2021

Catherine, I am so very sorry to learn of your dad's passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family.

Paul and Heather Steele

23 March 2021

To: Andrew, Deborah and family. We are very sorry to hear that Harry has passed on. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Take care.

Donnie Harris

23 March 2021

To Catherine and Brian, Andy and Debbie and your families: Saddened to read of Harry's passing, but reocognize a life well-lived. I got to know Harry and Shirley in the eighties and nineties, I remember visiting with them on Coronation Street when I was with Mutual. I think the story went that Shirleys father bought these policies when his family was young and that brought me , in service, to your parents. I appreciated the obituary, that sopke so much more than I knew about Harry. He was quite a man. I had a father much the same, who doted on my mother and did all the housework, might not have been the cook Harry was, but a house cleaner, taught me how to mend buttons and holes with needle and thread. My close history with Harry was the night in the late 80s, I came up out of the Taproom stairs on a very cold, blustery winter night, not late, people were still on the move. But I looked westward over the co-op and there seemed to be snow or fog blowing in the air, I didnt think it was that windy coming off the harbour blowing snow , so I drove down around to see what it was. At the STM , I found that, "steam" or heat in the cold night was escaping around the eaves and soffits. Didnt look right, so I drove up to the police station and told them. An officer went right down and I followed , by that time it wasnt just smoke or steam or fog, but you could see flames licking out around the rooftop. That night I was down there and when Harry arrived, he stood quietly for hours out accross the street watching the building burn to the ground. When you wrote of Harry never complaining, I thought of that night. He wasnt saying a word, not a word, unless I asked a question. There are some beautiful memories you have of your Dad and Mother. may these beautiful remembrances help ease the pain and sorrow of the loss of your father. Donnie Harris,

Linda Dugay Dunne

22 March 2021

I met Harry many years ago when I moved to Summerside in 1965 with my family. I first met him at the Met or Stedmans lunch counter where I worked as a teen.. Harry always had a nice complimentary thing to say. He always made me feel special. I enjoyed going to visit him when he had the second hand store. He always said to me. "Look at that face, no wrinkles at all " I did have wrinkles then. He was the nicest man and I Know you will miss him greatly. May he rest in peace. God love you Harry and I hope I meet you in Heaven when I get there.

David Griffin

22 March 2021

Harry Dye, was one of the most honest, kindest men, I have ever known. While I served with Summerside Police Services, Harry and I would have, many conversations, about many topics. He always loved to see Police Officers, drop in and chat. He was an a true friend. RIP Harry. You are truely missed. My condolences to your family, at this difficult time.

Sandra Warren Hickey

22 March 2021

Dear Catherine and family, Andrew and Deb,

So sorry to hear about your Dad's death.
He was a 'true' gentleman. I know you will miss him so much.
Just know that your friends and neighbors in Summerside, are sending very warm thoughts to you all.
In Sympathy....

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