Harlan Thomas Billard

September 24, 1926December 6, 2012

BILLARD, Harlan Thomas - born Sept. 24th, 1926 Halifax, (son of late George and Olive Billard), optician of 45 years, beloved husband, father, poppy and friend to all. He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife of 65 years Blanche (Penney); sons Robert and Brian ( deceased); daughters in law Cheryl and Terri; grandchildren Dawn, Scott, Leanne, Michelle, Shawn; sisters Lillian James, Nova (Gilbert) Gordon, brother Vincent (Anne) Billard, many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers George and Lawrence. He was an honorary Elder of Rockingham United church and member of the men's choir. He served 26 years as a leader of 3rd Rockingham Cub Pack., Charter member & Deputy Chief of Rockingham Voluntary Fire Department. and Wildor Park founding fire chief. He was a 42 year member of Bedford Lodge No.104, Master in 1979. Also active and took leading roles in Concordant Masonic bodies including the George S. Wright Chapter No.27, Royal Edward Conclave No.8, The Priority, the Antiquity Preceptory, the Knights Templar, the Grand Council of Royal and Select masters and Nova Scotia Conclave. He was a dedicated Shriner and was Philae Temple jeweller for many years. Harlan lived life to the fullest through his faith, family, community work, volunteerism and circle of friends. With his friends and family he was often found sharing a story or joke, teasing someone and enjoying their company. He loved the outdoors, was an avid gardener, woodsman and to him there was nothing better than cutting wood. The good times at Wildor Park were treasured memories. Masonic Service will be held at a later date. A celebration of Harlan's life will take place Monday December 10, 2:00 pm at Rockingham United Church, reception for family and friends following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rockingham United Church or Philae Shirners. To leave words of comfort for the family, please visit:


  • Memorial Service Monday, December 10, 2012

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Russ Billard

March 23, 2013

I'm saddened to hear of your passing. It was a pleasure knowing you over the years. Every time we met, you always had that amazing smile of Happiness on your face.

Greg & Leah Billard

December 12, 2012

Thinking of you and the family at this difficult time. May you find peace knowing he had truely a great life and family.

Ann,Holly &Samantha Billard

December 12, 2012

Penny,Robbie and all of the Billard family, our thoughts and sympathies to you at this sad and difficult time.
God bless you.

John Penney

December 10, 2012

Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Uncle Harlan, but our memories of him will always bring joy to our hearts. Uncle Harlan will be dearly missed.

December 10, 2012

Family of Harlan Billard
Sorry for the loss of Harlan. May happier memories of by-gone days be your source of inspiration to carry on.
God Bless;
Officers and Companions of Chebucto - Richardson Council No. 3

Lynn Potter

December 10, 2012

Dear Aunt Penny,Robby, Cheryl, Terri and family, I wish we could be there for you all. Just want you to know that our thoughts and love are with you on this day. I am going to miss Uncle Harlan so much he was so very special to me. Love and Hugs Lynn, Tim and family

Marilyn Hicks Smith

December 10, 2012

Dear Penny and family: My mother, Thelma Pierce, asked that I express her sincere condolences to all of you in the death of Harlan. She remembers the last time she spoke with the two of you (at Roy Brown's memorial service) and how very much she appreciated that conversation. She also fondly recalled to me the boat races at Lily Lake many years ago when you and Harlan were part of the group (my late stepfather, Joe Pierce, was one of the racers) and the good times you shared there. It is your own precious memories and the love that you shared as a family that will sustain you through the next part of your life's journey without him. May God continue to strengthen and support each of you. Sincerely in Christian love, Marilyn Hicks Smith and Thelma Pierce

December 10, 2012

So sad to lose such a fun loving man even if he loved to teas me every tues, as we bowled together..I will really miss he was a good friend to me...Jane

December 10, 2012

Dear Penny and family,
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you at this very difficult time. I so enjoyed the dinners I attended at the lake. Harlan had such a unique sense of humor and will be surely missed by everyone who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dot Jones.

Marjorie Carnell Donaldson

December 10, 2012

My sincere condolences to you Penny and to your family.

Harland was a wonderful neighbour and friend to my family.
When I went to work for the first time I enjoyed and thanked
Harland for the drive to and from work.
Harland was liked and respected by all the "Carnell/Earle family
and Rockingham residents as a whole especially the Fire
Department, Church and "Melody Drive"

Marjorie (Carnell) Donaldson

PS I would have liked to have been able to visit or attend the funeral,
however, I am scheduled to volunteering that day