Harold (Harry) Joseph Gulliver
Passed on: February 24th, 2013
Lifetime dairy farmer from Blackmarsh Road. Born January 8, 1926, slipped into the arms of Jesus in the presence of his loving family on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, age 87 years. Dad is welcomed home to be reunited with his parents: William and Elizabeth (Codner) and is the last surviving member of his family to grace our lives. Predeceased by brothers: Jack, Sam, Pearce, Bill and Gerald and sisters: Edith, Margaret (Grant) and Ann Marie “Nan” Stephenson as well as honorary son John Gulliver and best friend Brian Casey. Leaving to mourn his great loss and to celebrate his legacy are his wife of 62 years, Margaret (Ryan), whom he adored, and his nine sons: Garry (Dianne), Craig (Annie), Keith (Dianne), Derek (Lynn), Terry, Perry, Glenn (Bonnie), Sean (Karen), Blair (Dana) and his only daughter Sherry (Roger Butler). Also, 19 grandchildren: Craig (Andrea), Chad (Melissa), Garrett, Harry (Jenny), Troy (Andrea), April, Annie (Josh) Mandy (Garret), Mitchell, Sherra (Robert), Lindsay, Tyler, Liam, Parker, Jaxson, Raygan, Kolby, Kaleb, and his little buddy Evan, As well as great-grandchildren: Samantha, Cora, Nathan, Logan, James and two more on the waiting list and special sister-in-law Mary Gulliver. The Gulliver family is extensive with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who were blessed to have known dad. Harry absolutely loved dairy farming and cherished “The White Gold,” as he would call it, which allowed him and mom to provide for the family. He truly was, “outstanding in his field,” and his cattle were like his children. Away from the barn, dad had other routines that he adhered to religiously such as listening to open line, reading The Telegram daily, watching the nightly news, Land and Sea, city council meetings, and Hockey Night in Canada (especially joyous when Montreal would lose). Dad loved a good yarn too. As a young boy, dad grew up on a farm on Craigmillar Avenue where St. Mary’s Church is located today. Most days before he would hoof it to Holy Cross School on Patrick Street, he would walk along Craigmillar Avenue delivering bottles of milk to his customers. Many a story he told us of these experiences. In 1946, his father bought the property on Blackmarsh Road as they made the move from Craigmillar Avenue. Dad and his brother Gerald would go on to set up two separate dairy farms on the Gulliver property which continued for over 60 years. The farm on Blackmarsh Road was not just a family farm but a neighborhood farm, as a lifetime of memories were gained by many playing baseball in the field, spotlight at night, or baling hay in the summer. It really was the greatest life in the world! Special mention to the staff of the dialysis unit at St. Clare’s, Dr. Noel Browne for a lifetime of care, and to our mom, the family pillar. Resting at Caul’s Funeral Home on LeMarchant Road. Visitation on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Teresa’s Parish, Mundy Pond Road on Thursday February 28, 2013 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Flowers gratefully accepted or donations may be made to St. Teresa’s Parish.
“Dad, we will assure to close the barn door.”