April 1, 1927 – October 5, 2020
He was born in a Blacksmith Shop near Morris Manitoba and the only one of Seven Boys to be born in Canada. Started life on the Farm and became a Lineman for Manitoba Power then Saskatchewan Power. He learned to pick a Guitar with his Brother George and played many dances while travelling as a Lineman. He met and Married Vera Moffat (Sept 14, 1953) in Saskatoon.
They followed the family to Vancouver in 1955 and he went to work for BC Electric which became BC Hydro. They moved to Kamloops, with kids in tow, in 1960 and bought Abs Grocery which they operated until buying Beatty’s Dept Store in Chase BC in 1967. The Store was renamed Fast’s Dept Store and kept them busy for the next seven years.
They had already built a cabin in Sorrento in 1962, which they moved into and converted to a house. After the store was sold in 1974, he became a School Bus Driver for 19 years driving through Chase Creek and up to Pillar Lake every day and loved doing it.
He greatly enjoyed the community of Chase and was involved from the beginning in the Curling Club and the Lions Club. He was a Proud Charter member of the Lions Club and would work the Sockeye Runs and Deal at the Casinos as well as 400 Club Tickets.
Mom and Dad would host the Lions BBQ in the back yard and Dad continued this event after Mom passed. It was the scene of some great Bocci games. He also enjoyed his Canucks and BC Lions.
His biggest enjoyment came from his Yard and Garden. When it was Tomato time, he would just put a Saltshaker in his shirt pocket and wander thru the rows eating his breakfast and lunch. Everything was referred to as the “Back Forty” and many of the Worlds Problems were solved while sitting in a chair with a snort gazing at the growing crops. He was able to tend his Garden and Yard by himself until he was 92.
He spent the last year of his life at Parkside in Chase and enjoyed driving around town in his Scooter and visiting old friends.
He was a Kind and Gentle Person and a man with Integrity and Honesty. His Word was his Word, and a Handshake was all that was required.
He was predeceased by Wife, Vera (Moffat, 1995), Daughter-in-Law Anne Fast (2005) and recently Sister-in-Law Donna Booth, Parents – Jacob and Susanna, Brothers – John, Ben, Jake, Dick, Abe and George.
He is survived by his two sons, Steven and Jeffrey. Also, Four Grandchildren, Thomas, Kimberly (Trevor), Stuart (Krista) and Kelsey. One Great Grandchild, Kendra. Close Relatives David Booth, Lucy Moffat and Sandra Broadbent (Moffat) as well as numerous relatives and Friends. A special thank you to Carol Mowers and Karen Leduc.
The Family would like to thank the Staff at Parkside Community for all their Care and Compassion (A Great Place) as well as the Nurses and Care Aides at Chase Interior, Salmon Arm Interior, Hillside Village and SLGH Level 2. All these people made his last year go with Dignity and Respect. Thank You!
There will be a service planned for next spring. Cremation has taken place at Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm, BC.
Online condolences may be sent to Harry’s family through his obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
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