Our saga begins 1,207 months ago in the small seaside town of Troon, Scotland. A boy was born whose journeys would take him to Canada where he lived in southern Ontario, a homestead in Manitoba, and the Arctic. Along the way, he earned certifications in several trades and an executive position in a large Canadian corporation. He served Canada during World War II, developing skills in telegraphy and radio communications.
He married while still in the army and had a total of five children, 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. Tragedy struck in 1970 when his first wife, Ruth died in an accident. He married Hazel in 1972. He retired in 1984 and spent the next three and a half decades relaxing and travelling.
He was dedicated to his God and his church. Throughout his life, he shared his knowledge and wisdom to help those around him. He did his best to live according to the beliefs and standards he espoused; brooking no compromise in his behaviour.
We have been able to follow his odyssey so far, but it has taken a turn toward a destination he has been preparing for his entire life. Alexander Bell Harvey died on April 11, 2020 at Fairhaven long-term care home in Peterborough (not from COVID-19, there are no cases at his home) at the age of 100 years and seven months. The adventures he will have from now on, we cannot know nor share.
He will be missed.