Harold Lockwood Jr., nicknamed Harpo with his golden curls, after the Marx Brother, died March 5, 2019, in St. Joseph’s Hospice.
He was 90 years old, born on April 16, 1928 in Fort William, Ontario to Harold and Fanny (nee Mackenzie) Lockwood.
Harp was predeceased by his parents and 3 older siblings, George (Tut), Frances Poulter and Phyllis Beaver. His brothers-in-law Fred Poulter Sr., and Duncan Beaver, as well as nieces Carol Ann Gruen, Linda Mills, Cathy Williams and nephew Hugh Beaver. Eunice Gray, his mother-in-law was dear to his heart and she was part of his family until her passing.
Harp is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan, his three sons, Sandy (Mary), Stewart (Kim) and Kirk. Also left to miss their Grandpa is Christopher (Ghiesel) and Carolann (Mark) Lockwood. In-Laws Bob and Norma Bresden will always cherish their own memories of Harpo.
Harp leaves behind nephews and nieces Bobby Lockwood, Fred Poulter Jr. (Susan), Larry Poulter (Carol), Valerie Zeleny (Dan), and Artie (Lonni) Pounsford and Susan (nee Pounsford) Hooks and their children. As well, Scott and Patti Hagarty, Kim (Daryl), and Roger (Cyndy) Bresden will remember their Uncle Harp fondly.
Harp was a wonderful human being to all and a best friend to many.
His outlook on life was always upbeat, positive and full of joy. He loved people, their stories, their backgrounds. He loved to travel and he and Joan saw the world. Harp had a gift of being inclusive; he could meet anyone, anywhere and would become a friend within moments. One’s station in life, whether high or low, didn’t matter much to Harp. If you could tell a story or a joke, you were in.
In Thailand he was once approached by a little boy who looked up and said “ Mister, You one big Bhudda!” He loved to tell that anecdote.
He worked hard for Abitibi Paper, all his life, until his retirement in 1990; he enjoyed tennis, golf, curling, skiing when he wasn’t “down at the mill”. Cards and cribbage were mainstays of any visit.
The family home on Peter Street was a hub of activity for many years. Neighbours Rob Cameron, Katie Hiekkinen and little Andrew wove their way into all our hearts and will remain there always.
Finally, Dad loved Loon Lake and Sunset Lodge; the Camp and what eventually became his home. He was happiest there, surrounded by his family and his friends.
Winters for the last 15 years in Mesa Regal RV Park added warm weather, memories and even more friends, especially Jamie (Denyse) Jarvis, from Thunder Bay and his next-door-neighbours, David and Judy Power.
A Celebration of Life will be held this summer at West Loon Lake.
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived fully. – Bhudda.
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