With great sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of Harold Dobson on April 15th, 2013.
Harold Richard Dobson was born in Little Shemogue, NB on February 22nd, 1931, a son of the late Richard and Bessie (Ibbettson) Dobson.
Harold was a Beaverbrook scholar and a graduate of Mount Allison University. He began his career at the Fraser paper mill in Atholville, NB then moved to Bowater Mersey in Brooklyn, NS as mill chemist in 1957, retiring as President and General Manager in 1992. Harold was active in the community, serving as town councilor and as chairman of the Queens County School Board. He was a member of the queens General Hospital Board, president of the Kinsmen Club and one of the founders of the Queens Memorial Arena. He was appointed to the Nova Scotia Environmental Council. With his friend, Jim Sapp, Harold planned and wrote the proposal for the amalgamation of the Municipality of Queens and the Town of Liverpool. He was a lover of nature and enjoyed gardening, bird watching, beekeeping and fishing trips to Newfoundland and Labrador with his children.
Harold is survived by his wife Nancy (Coleman), his daughter Joy (Alex) Melanson of Mill Village, his sons Warren (Karen) of Charleston, David (Carla) of Dartmouth, Alan (Marlene) of Lethbridge, Steven (Laura) of Dartmouth, Neil of Liverpool, his sisters Elda Hopper of Moncton and Nellie Gould of Amherst. Harold always enjoyed spending time with his beloved grandchildren; Erin, Jennifer, Nancy, Lindsay, James, Drew, Lisa, David and great grandchildren Riley, Ayden Isla and Ever.
He was predeceased by brothers Warren and Ivan, sister, Vera (Dexter) and granddaughter, Amy.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool where visitation will be held on Thursday, April 18th, 2013 from 7 until 9 p.m. No flowers by request, donations may be made to Queens Manor, Liverpool. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com
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Warren and Family.
On behalf or your extended family at South Queens, please accept our deepest condolences. When one of us hurt, we all feel the pain. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Hug your family Warren and keep them close during this difficult time.
Karen (Smith) Henley
To all the Dobson family,
Have so many memories of times spent at your house on Bristol Avenue, he truly was a wonderful man, thoughts and prayers are with you all, hold all your wonderful memories close to your heart.
Jeannette Rafuse Rogers
Nancy & Family:
Please accept my sincerest condolences of your husband & father. I remember Harold from the time you lived on Church St. & I used to babysit. He was always a great man & will be so missed by all the people who knew him. Draw close and support each other during this difficult time.
Carolyn & George Parnell
Nancy & Family
Sending our sincere sympathy ; our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Robert and Sally Fader
Nancy & family:
So very sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.
Brenda and Ira Huskins
To Nancy and family,Our sympathy goes to You at this sad time. We know Harold fought his final battle with the same tanacity that served him all thorough life.
We were lucky to have known him professionally and as a friend.
Kirk and Donna Whynot
Nancy and family, Sorry to hear about Harold’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
To the Dobson Family:
Harold was a wonderful man, very intelligent and always an inspiration. We use to have long talks about his hobbies, like Bee Keeping. I use to ask his advice on municipal affairs also. He had quiet nature and unique way of communicating. He very seldom made hasty decisions. I remember seeing him walking along Bristol Avenue when he was healthier. He probably would rather be casting his fishing line on some stream or river hoping to make the big catch. We were all blessed by his friendship.
Gini Jonassen (Nickerson)
Nancy and family … I was saddened to hear of Harold’s passing. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Deb and Chuck Taylor
Nancy, Warren, Joy, David,Alan,Steven ,Neil and all of Harold’s grandchildren and family,
You are in our hearts and minds at this very sad time. No words can ease your pain. Our prayer for you is that in time you will rejoice in the memories you hold so dear of such a wonderful man. Hearing his music, singing and fishing. All those wonderful memories.
Please accept our sincere condolences . Hold your Mom and each other close . He will forever be with you in your hearts and minds.
God Bless and keep you strong at this time.
Deb ,Chuck and Clay
Barb and Brian Fralic
To The Dobson Family,
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Barb and Brian
I wish to send my condolences to the Dobson family on behalf of my coworkers at Home Hardware. Harold was a kind and gentle man, and we always enjoyed seeing him. Take care, Joy, Nancy, and the rest of his family, and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
To the Dobson family,so sorry to hear of Harold’s passing.What a wonderful life he lived & loved his family & friends so.Keep his memories close in your heart.In my thoughts & prayers.
To the Dobson Family;
Harold will be missed by all who knew him, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time…….sincere sympathy .
Harold was a real friend. I worked with him for over 30 years, fished with him and worked on Council with him. In fact, he encouraged me to run for mayor. I agreed if he served on Council. He was a real tower on strength as a Councillor. Our community has lost one of its out-standing citizens. I know I speak for the whole Council and the staff of RQM when I offer our sympathy to Nancy and her family. Christopher
Janet and George Fletcher
We were sorry to hear about the passing of Harold. Our thoughts and our prayers are with your family.
To all of the Dobson family: I did not know Harold that well but did enjoy the times I did talk to him and it sounds like you all will have so many memories to share with your families. Know that I will be thinking of you in the days ahead. Sincere sympathy — Susan
Carl R. Veinot
May I offer my sincere condolence to the Dobson family.Although he is gone,he will be in your hearts forever.Harold will always be watching over his entire family.Take care of each other.
brian and kim mansfield
we are so sorry to have read of Harolds passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sincerest sympathy to all the family…….
Garnett & Jan Winchester
Our thoughts are with you, Nancy and with your family.
Jan & Garnett
Jamel & Rhonda Perry, and Catherine MacEachern
Dear Joy and Family:
Our sincerest condolences on the passing of your Dad. Cherish the memories as they will help during this most devasting time. Our prayers are with your family at this time.
My sincerest condolence to the Dobson family.
Leon & Norma Robertson
Nancy and family we are so sorry to hear your sad news May Harold RIP.
Noweta Nickerson and Ron Zwicker
To all the family
We are so sorry to hear of your loss , our sincere sympathy to all of you at this difficult time
Glen and Diane Dexter
Nancy and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. As children we enjoyed seeing Harold’s smile while paying our admission to public skating. Later as adults we enjoyed being part of the Kin Family with him.
Sharon & Philip Thorbourne
Nancy & Family, we are so sorry for your loss, he was a great man, treasure the memories
Dear Nancy and family:
I know how hard it is to lose a loved one, but do try to remember the good times. It really does help. Harold was a fine person and much admired by all who knew him. Please accept my sincere condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
To all of the Dobson family,
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you all my love at this sad time. Find comfort in your memeories of him and remember that this is not good bye but a see you again someday.
Love April Moreau -Whynot and family
To the Dobson Family – so sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. My sincere sympathy to all. Harold was an awesome person and I so enjoyed working with him. Hold onto the memories. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Anna-Stell and Jordan Vaughn
So sorry to hear of your loss. May you be comforted with precious memories, and knowing that others care.
Anna-Stell and Jordan
David and Patty Tarr
To the Dobson Family. So very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone of you at this very difficult time.
David and Patty Tarr
My thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of sorrow.
Paul & MaryLou Smith
To the Dobson Family,
Our condolences and deepest sympathy to you all. Dad always spoke of your Dad so fondly on many occasions during their tenure in local council. We share some of your grief on this same day, as we are also saying goodbye to Elva who passed on this same date.
Our thoughts are with you. May the blessings be. SmithFamily
Manson & Nancy White
Nancy & Family: May you know that you are in the heart of many people during this difficult time. Love and Prayers.
Gordon and Anne Peverill
Our deepest sympathy to the family at this difficult time.
hugh &Pat Dixon
To Nancy & family.
So sorry to hear of the passing of Harold,Thinking of you all at this difficult time.
Rachel and Robert Dexter
Please accept our sincere condolences at this very sad time.
Sandi and Steve Corbin
Steve and Laura
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Take care of each other.
Murray & Myrna Wigglesworth
To all the family our sincerest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times.
Nancy and Family, I was very saddened to hear of Harold’s passing. I worked with Harold when he was a Councillor and have known him for many years. My parents bought Harold and Nancy’s house on Church Street when I was just a little girl. Harold was a kind, gentle and smart man who always challenged me to a spelling bee. He will be missed by many but his memory will live on forever. May you find peace, strength and comfort in one another and in the loved ones who surround you during this difficult time.
Andrea & Gordon Veinot
Please accept our sincere condolences at this sad time.May all of your wonderful memories give you all comfort.You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Warren, Sorry to learn your Dad had passed away.My condolences to you and your family. Steve
Dennis & Sherri Harrington
To The Family,
So sorry for your very sad loss, it is so hard to lose a loved one
but keep the wonderful memories close to your heart as they will
bring comfort in the days ahead. Please know that others are thinking of you and sharing in your sorrow.
Please except our sincere condolences, take care.
Love Dennis & Sherri Harrington
To the Dobson family,
We were sorry to hear about Harolds passing.He was a very nice man.Mike has many fond memories of his times at the rink with him.
Sylvia & Mike Langille
Dannie and Joyce MacLean
Our sincere sympathy to the Dobson family. Dannie /Joyce
Allan & Beth LaRocque
To the Dobson Family our sincere condolences Harold was a fine gentleman.We will miss our little chats at the post office.
Val and John Kempton
Joy and family – Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad. It’s not easy to lose a parent and the old saying that time heals is true. It’s been 11 years since my Dad passed and now I recall with laughter all the wonderful times we spent together. Your Dad will never be forgotten.
Joy, David and the rest of the family, I’m very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. May you all savour the happy times and that they will be a strength to you in your time of sorrow.
Mike and Donna West
Joy, Warren and families, So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Mike remembers your dad at Bowater as being a fair and honest man who treated everyone with respect. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
Dear Joy, sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I know he was a very special person to you and I want you to know you are in my thoughts at this very sad time.
Joy and Family…So sorry to hear about your Father’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
Bob & Carol Wilkinson
Nancy & Family
Sorry to hear of Harold’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
May the peace of God be with you and give you strength.
Carol & Bob
Marjorie Speed Powell
Dear Nancy and Family,
I am sorry to hear about Harold’s passing. I always thought of him as “the tree man” and, when I lived there, so enjoyed all the trees he had planted at 88 Bristol Avenue. When the peach tree, that he had planted, fell down from old age and being overburdened with the most wonderful peaches, he came and planted another one for us. Its peaches, I’m sure, are still being enjoyed by the present owner. Also he came and spent time with my son Alex in the garden, explaining about grafting. Alex is still very interested in trees. Harold leaves a great legacy in so many ways.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Del and Karen
Dave , Carla and family
So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Our thoughts are with you.
Brian and Bernice Braid
Dear Nancy and family. So sorry to hear of
the passing of Harold . We have so many
great memories with you and Harold.
Brian, Dianne & Family
Nancy and Family, Harold will be missed by all those that knew him and as Kinsmen and Kinettes we knew of his community spirit, and as a Kinsmen I remember him initiating a group of us , himself dressed as a sheriff, cowboy hat and all, was very funny and will always have this in my mind when I think of him.He was well respected at the mill too, our condolences to you.
Heather Scotland (Rodger)
I am very sorry to hear the passing of your Dad. My thoughts are with you at this time. Even though it is just a year ago that my Dad passed I hold on to the wonderful memories as I am sure you will too. Take care my thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
Very sorry for your loss Neil. Thoughts for you and your family.
Betty Jean Lawson
Nancy and family, May the memories of Harold be in your heart forever. Thinking of you all in this time of sorrow. Betty Jean and Amy Lawson
Donna (Minard) & Cameron Hartling
Nancy & Family,
We were saddened to hear of Harold’s passing. May your memories bring you comfort at this difficult time. Please accept our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy.
Sincerely, Donna & Cam
To the Dobson Family: My sincere sympathy in the loss of your dear loved one. May you be surrounded by God’peace.
Allan and Ann Smith
Dear Warren and Family,
So sorry to hear of your loss.
Peter and Andrea Crouse
to Nancy and family,
We’re so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Don and Glenys McNeil
Dear Nancy and Family
We were sorry to hear about the passing of Harold. We have many fond memories of him. One was the first time I met Harold over lunch in Stephenville Newfoundland. Much of the conservation was about all the “Newfie” food I had tried. I may be the only person hired because of the food I ate!! We also rember the time Glenys would not let Harold go back to the hotel when we were all in New York in 1989.
Harold touched many people over his life. May your cherished memories ease your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Don and Glenys
Bligh & Jackie Woodworth
Nancy & Family
Our sincerest condolences. Harold was a good Friend and will be sadly missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers go with you an your family.
Bligh & Jackie
Mentor, friend and role model. Harold was all these to me for so many years, from the time I arrived in Liverpool in 1963 to work for Harold, and through all our association and responsibilities at Bowater. Harold was a knowledgeable and dedicated scientist, great on details, with a quiet but unmistakable sense of humour.
Harold’s attention to detail away from work led him to tell stories of catching a salmon, with such colour, you almost felt like you were there.
To Nancy and all the family, my sincere condolences. We have lost a great friend, and a wonderful community leader.
Howie and Anne Lee
We were greatly saddened by the passing of Uncle Harold. Our prayers are with the rest of his and our family. He was a wonderful man, loved by all who knew him and I was blessed to have him for an Uncle.
Harry & Cheryl Kennickell
May the concern and sympathy of those who care help you through this difficult time. Harold will be fondly remembered by many. So sorry for your loss.
Dear Dobson Family;
The world has lost a wonderful, gentle man. Harold’s many acts of kindness to me — not least carrying a very young me home in his arms after I ran into a car (or the other way around?) while chasing bubbles in front of the Dobson home on Church Street a million years ago — will never be forgotten. I feel lucky to have known him, and extend my sincere condolences to all of you (and with a special shout out to Warren, David, Alan, Stephen, Joy and Neil, whose friendship I enjoyed so much growing up).
So sorry for your loss. I remember him as a lovely quiet intelligent man . A gentleman in the true sense.
Robert & Lorraine Quinn
Queens County has lost a valued civic leader, and Old Falls Road has lost a wonderful, generous neighbour. Our sincere condolences to the Dobson family.
Wayne and Bev Crouse
Harold was a gentleman in every sense of the word with always a smile on his face.
We are thinking of you all in your sorrow and sympathing in our very sad loss .