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Donald Harold Harnish
June 19, 1929 ~ January 30, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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With great sadness, the family of Donald Harnish of Wirral, NB, wish to announce his peaceful passing at home. He passed away in the arms of his loving wife of 77 years, Theresa Harnish as well as lots of loving family.
Donald is survived by his five sons; Gary (Thelma), Wayne (Shirley), Gordie, Donnie (Joanne) and David (Francine) Harnish, three daughters; Carol Easton, Dorothy ( Richard) Crombie and Shirley (Gary) Charlton, son in-law Glynn Nason, twenty-three grandchildren, forty-two great grandchildren, sixteen great great grandchildren, Theresa’s family, Francis and Mildred LeBlanc Joan Brown, Lorraine Bawn, Margie Leblanc and Albert Welton and several nieces and nephews.
Don joined the army in 1954. He proudly served in the Black Watch and RCR for 25 years. He deployed as a peacekeeper to Korea and Cyprus. He retired from service in February 1978 but continued to be active with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 55 until his death. He was immensely proud of his military career and instilled the importance of service with his children and grandchildren. Upon retirement, he continued to serve his community as a member of Hoyt Fire Department and Hoyt Search and Rescue. Don had many jobs but started his second career as a cabinet builder with Dave Noble woodworking in the 80’s. One of his proudest achievements was working alongside his son Donnie in his cabinet making business. Don enjoyed many activities, including moose hunting, fishing, and traveling with Theresa and their son Gordon in their RV. Above all else, Don treasured his time with family. Nothing made him happier than hearing the laughter of the little ones. His hugs, and the wink that went with them, were famous, and he never shied from giving one.
He was predeceased by his parents Stanley and Jenny, a daughter Linda, son-in-law Paul, brothers Percy, Rufus and John, two sister in-laws Josephine Gallant and Shirley Welton, four brother in-laws, Wilard, Marvin, Les, and Arthur as well as his father and mother in-law, Louis and Alice LeBlanc. Don was the last surviving member of his family.
Family and friends are invited to Sunbury Funeral Home, Central Blissville NB on Thursday February 2, 2023 for visitations from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Funeral Service will be held at St. Columba Catholic Church on Friday February 3, 2023 at 3pm with Father Ralph McRae officiating. Interment will be in the spring. Because of severe allergies, the family request no flowers arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St Columba Catholic Church Cemetery or the Royal Canadian Legion Br # 55.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Dr. Ryan Pawsey, Dr.John Richardson, the nurses and staff at the Fredericton Junction Health Centre and Extra Mural Oromocto, Veteran's Affairs, Tri-County Pharmacy and Guardian Drug Grandbay. They all went above and beyond. A special thank you to his personal care worker, Kaylee Vanwart who made his last few months more comfortable and allowed him to stay at home, where he wanted to be. He loved her and she loved him.
Arrangements are in the professional care of Sunbury Funeral Home, 5407 Route 101, Central Blissville, NB (368-2413). Condolences: sunburyfuneralhome.com
Thursday February 2, 2023 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Sunbury Funeral Home 5407, rt 101 Central Blissville, NB E5L-1S7
Thursday February 2, 2023 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunbury Funeral Home 5407, rt 101 Central Blissville, NB E5L-1S7
Friday February 3, 2023 3:00 PM St. Columba Catholic Church (Fredericton Junction)