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Harry Verran

Harry  Verran

Born: July 6th, 1930

Passed in: Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Passed on: October 18th, 2015

VERRAN, Harry James - It is with sadness, the family of Harry James Verran, of Meadowvale, Annapolis Co. announces his passing on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at age 85. Harry was born on July 6, 1930 in Placentia Nfld. to the late Josephine (Byrne) and James Verran. Harry was devoted to his loving wife Connie of 61 years and family who were the pride and joy of his life. He Joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1949 and served proudly for twenty years. As a photographer he served on the HMCS Bonaventure and the HMCS Magnificent. During his military career, Harry became one of the premiere long distance runners in the Atlantic region. He participated in the Boston Marathon twice finishing as the third top Canadian in thirty-second place overall in 1955. His trophy case was lined with reminders of this successful career. He retired in 1969 to Bridgetown in the beautiful Annapolis Valley where he established Western Valley Photo Studios, which he operated successfully for many years. With his good friend and fellow runner, Bobby Lockett, he was a common sight on the highways and byways of the Annapolis Valley roads. It was during this time he became involved in youth sport and was instrumental in the building of the Bridgetown Arena as well as coaching and organizing minor hockey, minor lacrosse and youth track and field (with good friend Dick Campbell). During the 1970’s Harry also established and helped coach a senior hockey team, the Bridgetown Hawks, of the Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League. In 2013 Harry was proud to be inducted into the Bridgetown Sports Hall of Fame with a Life Time Achievement award for his many years of service as an athlete, a coach and a builder. In the early1970’s he began his political career by accepting a position as Executive Assistant to the provincial Minister of Finance (Peter Nicholson). He then became a field worker and organizer for the Nova Scotia Liberal Party. In 1993 Harry successfully ran a campaign to become the Member of Parliament for Southwest Nova. He worked tirelessly for the people of western Nova Scotia until 1997. Upon officially leaving political life, he continued to enjoy meeting and talking to people about current issues and spent precious time with his family which includes seven married children, twenty-seven grandchildren and twenty-nine great grandchildren. Over the last few years he and Connie have been a regular fixture at the Windsor Arena for all junior “B” games, to watch their star player and grandson Colin Gillis perform. Family was always the most important thing in Harry’s life and he was most happy and proud when he was in the company of his “little ones” who affectionately called him Poppy. He was predeceased by his infant brother Leo; infant grandson Bruce Harry (John and Debbie) and son-in-law Mark McFarlane (Margie). He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Connie. Three sisters Alicia of Phoenix Az.; Kay of Madison Wis.; Mary of Placentia Nfld. Seven children: Cathy (Paul) McGuire of Kingston; John (Debbie) Verran of Meadowvale; Joanne (Bronson) Rafuse of Bridgetown; Jim (Tammy) Verran of Bridgetown; Margie McFarlane of Wilmot; Gerry (Patti) Verran of Yarmouth; Alice (Greg) Gillis of Middleton twenty-seven grandchildren; Colleen McGuire (Brian Conrod) of Wilmot; Patrick McGuire (Marijo Aguilera) of Minneapolis Minn.; Daniel McGuire (Victoria) of Kentville; Connor McGuire (Bronwen) of Wilmot; Mark McGuire (Sarah) of Stephenville Nfld.; Kevin McGuire (Mariel Bent) Waterville Ma.; Kyna (Ryan) Andrews of Auburn; J.J. (Sarah) Verran of North Bay Ont.; Adam (Elizabeth) Verran of Tremont; Kirk (Jenise) Verran of Dartmouth; Luke (Lindsay) Verran of Greenwood; Kaitlyn (Sean) Simms of Meadowvale; Melissa (Ian) Lockhart of Kentville; Alycia Reynolds of Bridgetown; Petra Rafuse of Halifax; Gareth Rafuse of Bridgetown; Josh (Rhiannon) Verran of Dartmouth; Jason Verran (Corinne Gervais ) of Verdun Man.; Megan (Barrett) Wenckowski of Melvern Square; Andrew Verran of Bridgetown; David MacFarlane of Halifax; Katrina (Matt) Hand of Berwick; Jenna Gillis (Thomas MacDougall) of Hinton Alt.; Carly Gillis of Halifax; Colin Gillis of Middleton; Bradley Verran of Yarmouth; Brenna Verran of Yarmouth. In keeping with Harry’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Visitation was held 6:00PM-8:00PM both Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23 in the Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main Street, (902) 825-3448. A funeral mass was celebrated at 2:00PM, Saturday, October 24, 2015 in St. Monica’s Roman Catholic Church, 41 Connaught Avenue, Middleton with Father Jose Thomas officiating assisted by Rev. Deacon Donald Boudreau. A reception for family and friends followed the service. Interment followed the reception in the St. Alphonsus Cemetery, Bridgetown. Donations in Harry’s memory may be made to Camp Brigadoon. On-line guest book may be signed by visiting: www.middletonfuneralhome.com


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