Larson, Harold

LARSON - Harold Melvin Larson died peacefully on October 18, 2017 at the age of 81 years. He leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Elaine, and his three children Rick, Glenn (Jo) and Coreen (Mal), and his six grandchildren Gray and Quinn, Caroline and Meredith, and Henry and Thomas.  Harold was predeceased by his brothers, Leif and Spud and he will also be dearly missed by his sisters, Alfhild and Solvei. Harold thrived at the act of living. He loved spending time with friends and family. He would always put their needs ahead of his own and although he wasn't rich, he acted like a millionaire when someone needed a helping hand. He was generous and gentle to his family and friends. If there was a way to measure age by hours spent at the lake, Dad would've been much older than 81. The cabin at York Lake was his second home for much of his life. He got his kids up on water skis, taught them to drive a boat, made endless errands for more gas during their waterskiing phase, and was one of the best bonfire starters around. Harold truly was the King of the Road. He worked as a salesmen for Smith Fruit and then put in many hours and miles on the highway travelling for Scott National. When he wasn't on the road for work, he would load his family of five (plus dog) into the company car and hit the road on countless family road trips. He drove them to see the mountains of BC, the lakes of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, east to Ontario, and most importantly, he showed them that you don't need air-conditioning and leg room to have a good time. He went by many names: Harold, Scoop, Floyd, Harry, Pops, and Daaaaaaad but the ones he loved the most were Gramps and DadDad. His grandchildren were like sunshine in his life. He loved to be with them when they would visit, and talk to them when they were away, and Skype and FaceTime if he had to! Those same six rays of sunshine in his life were also sunflowers in his garden. Every year there was one sunflower planted for each grandchild. He would watch them follow the sun from the view on his patio in the summer and feel like the sun was shining directly on him. After he retired in 1997, Harold was able to spend more time with his growing collection of grandchildren and growing collection of bird houses in his workshop. He would magically turn a pile of wood into toys, furniture or a bonfire if the creation didn't quite make the grade. Harold's twinkling eyes, soft heart and smile will be missed. But how lucky are we to have shared this time with such a wonderful man. A Service to Celebrate Harold's Life was held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home in Yorkton, SK with Shelly Morris officiating. The prelude music was a selection of Harold's favorite songs. The processional was "You're My Best Friend" by Don Williams and the Recessional was "Now is The Hour" led by family friend, Gerry Thue. Harold's children, Rick Larson, Glenn Larson and Coreen Larson shared words of remembrance and eulogy as well as a photo tribute in their Dad's honour. The honourary pall bearers were Harold's grandchildren, Gray Larson and Quinn Larson.  The urn bearers were also his grandchildren, Henry Moore, Caroline Larson, Meredith Larson and Thomas Moore. Friends so wishing may forward their condolences to the family by visiting Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christie's Funeral Home & Crematorium, Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

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