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Harry B. Harbin

Harry B.  Harbin

Passed on: November 30th, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Harry Bernard Harbin, age 92, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, on Friday, November 30, 2018 at the Northside General Hospital, North Sydney.
Harry was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland on August 29, 1926, he was the son of the late Andrew and Martha (Street) Harbin. Harry was veteran of the Second World War serving with the Merchant Marine. He was employed as a chief steward abroad the C.N. Marine vessels until his retirement in 1985 after 43 years of service. He enjoyed a wonderful 33 years of retirement. He was an avid reader, an active member of St. Matthew Wesley United Church, a master mason and member of the Royal Albert Masonic Lodge and a Past President of the Cape Breton Shriners.
Harry married the love of his life, Ruby (Farrell) in 1949, he was gentle loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and was the heart of a very large, loving family. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Harry is survived by his wife, Ruby Harbin; his ten children, Brenda (Jim) Cook, Wayne (Betty) Harbin, Donna (Brian) Smith, Harry (Wanda) Harbin, Judy (Robert) Mahar, Ruby (Pat) Juchli, Edith (William) Penny, Darlene (Michael) Long, Andrew (Beth) Harbin and Jeff Harbin; 24 grandchildren, Nicholas, Andrew, Peter, Daniel, Michael, Jennifer, Heather, Adam, Sean, Ian, Rodney, Laura, Billy, Steven, Michael, Jason, Shana, Jordan, Joshua, Tiffany, Mary Beth, Matthew, Hannah and Emily, also by 30 great-grandchildren.
Harry was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Melissa Elaine; daughter-in-law, Cheryl (MacLean) Harbin; his sisters, Alma, Joyce, Lillian and Georgina, and brothers, Wilfred, Victor, William and Llewelyn.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. John Kirkpatrick for his many years of care, the staff of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre, the staff of 5th floor at the Northside General Hospital, Department of Veterans Affairs, and to his care givers Ruth Ivey and Karen Dominey.
Visitation for Harry will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. A masonic service will be held 6:45 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A private family service will be held Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the Sydney Masonic Scholarship Fund.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.wjdooley.com.


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