OBITUARY

Harold Frederick Curry

October 5, 1921December 28, 2012

CURRY, Harold Frederick, 91, Halifax, died peacefully on December 28, 2012 at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building. Born in Tongue Hill near Windsor, Nova Scotia on October 5, 1921, he was the son of the late Joseph and Jessie (Connors) Curry. Harold graduated from Windsor Academy, and attended Dalhousie University on a scholarship. He worked at the Imperial Oil refinery in Woodside, then, after the outbreak of World War II, enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, eventually attaining the rank of Flying Officer. He excelled at a navigation technique known as “mental dead reckoning”, and as a result became a navigation instructor at Summerside, teaching pilots from the Prairies how to find their way home over water, at night, with no roads, railway tracks or section lines to guide them. After the war, Harold attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and bought a mixed dairy farm at Currys Corner, just outside of Windsor, NS. He served as President of the United Milk Producers’ Association, and in that role spearheaded the initiative for dairy farmers in south-western and central Nova Scotia to form a co-operative association and purchase Maple Leaf Dairy of Halifax. After more than a decade of successful farming, with the associated hard physical work on the land, in the woods and in the stables, Harold moved to Halifax and began a new career as an executive. He served as the President and General Manager of the new organization, Twin Cities Co-operative Dairy, now known as Farmers Dairy, for the first twenty years of its existence (1961 – 1981). Under his leadership the company grew to be one of the largest food processors in Atlantic Canada. He put policies in place that encouraged dairy farmers to increase their production, and he believed it was the job of the processing organization to find markets for all the milk the members were willing to supply. This resulted in a number of innovations and “firsts” for Nova Scotia, including the first commercial yogurt production, the first large-scale cheddar cheese factory, and the first Ultra-High-Temperature (UHT) pasteurization facility. Harold was a strong man, both physically and as a leader through adversity. He enjoyed contract bridge, bowling, golf, curling, gardening, woodworking, and making wine. He gave generously of his time to many volunteer organizations, including the Rotary Club, St. John’s United Church in Windsor, and Bethany United Church in Halifax. A dedicated husband and father, Harold took early retirement from Twin Cities to care for his beloved wife Kathleen during her final illness. In time he courted and married his old friend Beth (Thompson) and they found great happiness together. Harold will be fondly remembered for his integrity, his generosity and commitment to supporting others, his work ethic, his love of the language and appreciation for cleverly created prose and verse, his keen mind, and his quick wit. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Thompson); sons Michael (Janice Vassallo), Ayr, Ontario; Timothy (Colleen), Quispamsis, New Brunswick; Jonathan (Janet), Halifax; grandchildren Benjamin (Sheri), Saint John; Heather (John Fogg), Harlow, England; Emily Rochford (Tomas), Mossleigh, Alberta; Sarah (Ryan Frizzell), Halifax; Marcia (Jesse Vuksanovich), Toronto; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife Kathleen (Reynolds), brother Laurence, and brother Cyril in infancy. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be 2 -4 PM Sunday, December 30th, at J. A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax. A memorial service will be held at the same location on Monday, December 31st, at 11 AM, followed by a reception. The family extends special thanks to the entire team on 6th floor west at Veterans Memorial Building for the outstanding care provided for Harold during his five year residency. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice. To place on-line condolences, please visit: www.jasnowfuneralhome.com .

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 30, 2012
  • Memorial Service Monday, December 31, 2012
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Ann Bowe

January 8, 2014

Hello, Curry family. A friend mentioned travelling to Nova Scotia and this triggered me to wonder if Harold was still living. I was saddened but not surprised to find his obituary. And I smiled to see the photo of Mike and my marriage way back in 1974. I think of all of you now and again, hoping everyone is well and happy. I've been running my own landscape design and installation company here in Kentucky for the last 12 years or so. Life here is good. All the best to everyone,
Ann (Ferguson)(Curry) Bowe

Gail Church

January 16, 2013

Mike, Tim and Jon:
I remember your father with fondness from old Windsor days. My sincere condolences for your loss.
Gail Church, Ottawa, ON

Marilyn Wright RN Ret'd

January 10, 2013

Mrs.Curry, Mike, Tim and John and families--Another voice from the past--I cared for Kay through Home Care for almost a year and met the family in the home. I have fond memories of Harold's tender, loving care. He was a stalwart, kind man with many interests and accomplishments. On one of my last visits, he was in the livingroom caning a chair! Fascinating... He will be missed.

Mary Elizabeth

January 2, 2013

Mrs Curry and Family, So sorry for your loss. You have wonderful memories to hold on to to help ease your loss. Mr. Curry liked to joke with me when he came to salon to meet Mrs. Curry and although that has not been for some time I have those fond memories of him. He was always a gentleman and kind.Mrs.Curry please know you are in my thoughts.God Bless

December 31, 2012

Mrs. Curry and Family:
Please accept our sincere sympathy at this time of great loss. My late husband,Randy, was a director of Twin Cities Dairy during the time that Harold served as President. He thoroughly enjoyed the experience and always spoke of Harold with great respect and admired him both as a person and a leader in the dairy industry. We pray that your many happy memories will bring you peace and comfort in the days and months ahead.
Sincerely,
Mrs. Mae (Randolph) Stevens and family
Second Peninsula, Lunenburg Co.

Carol (Stevens) Hale

December 31, 2012

Tim, my thoughts are with you and your family. This is a 'voice from your past' - we went to school together when you lived at Curry's Farm in Windsor and you and I were constantly competing for first place! What great pictures are on this site - wonderful memories for your family.

Gord, Gudrun, Steven and David Littlejohns

December 31, 2012

Dear Aunt Beth and the Curry Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Harold's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
With our deepest sympathy,

December 30, 2012

Tim and Family, we are sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
Brian & Theresa Flewwelling and Family

Vic Harris

December 30, 2012

Mike, Tim and John and Families,

I am sorry to hear about your father's passing. It's been many years since we were last together, but I remember your father from my high school and college days.

Deepest sympathy,
Vic Harris and Connie Brauer
Falmouth, NS

David & Carolyn McLeod

December 30, 2012

We wish to express our sadness and that you are in our thoughts.