Harold Boyd Mattatall

July 27, 1929January 27, 2013

Mattatall, Harold Boyd – 83, of Dartmouth. It is with profound sadness we, Harold’s family, announce his passing on Sunday, January 27, 2013 in the Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Westchester Station he was a son of the late Absalom and Mary E. (Langille) Mattatall. Harold had a long distinguished career as a Funeral Director and followed in his father’s footsteps as owner of A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home in Dartmouth. Harold served on many professional associations and committees including past president of both the Nova Scotia Funeral Directors Association and Funeral Association of Canada. For many years after his retirement Harold continued to stay involved with his profession as Inspector and Director for the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. Harold strongly believed in contributing to the community in which he resided. He was a chartered member and past president of Dartmouth Kinsmen Club, a member of the K40 club of Dartmouth and a member of the Austenville Owls Club. A superb handyman and carpenter, one of Harold’s biggest accomplishments was when he turned his skills to boat building and constructed the “Free Time”, a Cape Island style fishing boat. He and his wife Lorraine enjoyed many wonderful years as members of the Dartmouth Yacht Club, often cruising the harbour on “Free Time”. An avid curler, Harold was a past president of the Dartmouth Curling Club. He even achieved the holy grail of curling, an “eight-ender”. In recent years Harold taught himself how to play the bass guitar and was a valued member of the band “4-wheel Drive and Spares”. Harold’s closest band members will fondly remember him as CEO of the M3 Group. Surviving are his wife of 62 years Lorraine (DeYoung), daughters Gail, Deborah (Donald) Hall, son David (Elaine), sister Marilyn Langton, brother, Eugene (Barbara); his pride and joy grandsons Adrian (Chantelle), Derrick (CJ), Andrew (Nora) Dobson, Daniel (Jaycie) Mattatall; 3 great-grandsons Matthew, Oliver and Payson, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister Carrie Hatt, brother Leonard, and grandson James Mattatall. Visitation will be held Saturday, February 2, 2013, 2-4pm, 7-9pm in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland Street, Dartmouth. A memorial service will be held 2:30 pm Sunday, February 3, 2013 in St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 216 School Street, Dartmouth. Rev. Dr. P.A. Sandy McDonald officiating. Burial at a later date in Mount Hermon Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or to the NSCC Foundation for the James Mattatall Memorial Fund at PO Box 1153 Halifax NS B3V 2X1. Online condolences can be viewed or sent to


  • Visitation Saturday, February 2, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, February 2, 2013
  • Memorial Service Sunday, February 3, 2013

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Katherine Joyce-Walker

February 23, 2013

So sorry to hear about Harold's passing.Its been a rather difficult year for the family. I remember him coming to my grandfather, Doug Totten's place and of course down at the Funeral Home and the Owl's Club. He was always so nice to me growing up and always had a smile on his face when I saw him. I remember a retirement party at their house when Gramp and Harold retired. Much laughter... My condolances to Lorraine, Debbie, Gail and David and family. It is a loss but he is now at peace.
Katherine Joyce-Walker

February 17, 2013

My condolences to David and the rest of the Mattatall family. Harold was a true funeral professional and I am proud to have known him.Harold was a positive role model to have during my apprenticeship and early years as a funeral director. Harold was a true gentlemen.They don't make them like that anymore. God Bless. The MacKay Family, Alberta

February 6, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. David Mattatall and family,

My sincere condolences to you and your family on your loss.

Selma Vineberg
Halifax, NS

February 4, 2013

Dear David and family,
I want to express my condolences on the passing of Harold. We worked together for the better of 10 years and I learned a lot about the profession from him as well as having a lot of laughs along the way. May he rest in peace.
Sincerely, Lenora Seager

February 4, 2013

David and family-
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Phillip and Julie Levandier

February 3, 2013

David, Elaine & Family,

Please accept our sincere condolences on Harold's passing. May knowing you are in the thoughts and hearts of others help you and your family through this difficult time.

Erin Jennings and staff, J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd.

February 3, 2013

Dear Lorraine, Debbie, Gail, David and family:
Harold always had a warm and friendly smile and manner that commanded attention. When we first came to Dartmouth and I as Chief Embalmer in 1979, the name Harold Mattatall in my mind was synonymous with "Superior Undertaking and Curling." It wasnt very long after that, we soon learned this had a whole new meaning to include, his love for family, friends, and his active involvement with the Kinsmen Club and the wonderful socializing at the Owl's Club, with lobster night included. His desire for perfection at work and in community outreach was second to none. Harold also taught me everything one should know about blueberry picking. :) The respect by his colleagues, friends and family is truly justified, as all held him in very high regard and so rightfully so by all who knew him. He has contributed so much to the Industry and its high standards that he will not soon be forgotten for those accomplishments. It has been both a privilege and an honor to have known and worked with Harold for those many years. I will always remember his generous smile, as he Captained, "Free Time", as we were so warmly escorted and chauffeured around Halifax Harbour on a staff night out. The comrauderie was truly awesome and his kindness was very much appreciated by all! Well done Harold! Till we meet again.. With sincere symapthy, respect and kind regards, Dale Jackson and family.

February 3, 2013

David, Lorraine and all the family, On behalf of the Funeral Service Association of Nova Scotia Board of Directors and members, I want to send to you our sincerest condolences. Harold was a sincere and dedicated man to his profession and to the people that he knew as a whole. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time in your lives. Norma Boudreau,CFSP Secretary FSANS

Gail, Albert, Chris, Kevin & Paul Williams

February 3, 2013

Gail - we never had the pleasure of meeting your father, but knew him through the wonderful stories which you and Brad shared. He certainly was an exceptional man.
Our love goes out to you and your family at this most difficult time.

February 3, 2013


My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I was very sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I apologize that I was not able to get to the funeral but I'm thinking of you.