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Harry Preston

Harry Alfred Preston

Friday, April 28th, 1922 - Thursday, June 13th, 2019
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It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved Harry at Sunnybrook’s Veterans Centre on June 13th, 2019. Loving Father to Peter, Mary and Pat; devoted grandfather to Marlise and great grandfather to Gabriel, Marcello and Gemma; a faithful support to extended family and friends.

After a very full life, that was not without much adversity, he remained positive, forward thinking, engaged and full of optimism to the end.

At 18, he joined the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, Winnipeg and in 1940 was attached to the 15th light anti-aircraft battery. After serving in England, protecting the coast from German raids, he was promoted to Sargent in charge of a Bofors gun crew. He was part of the Normandy invasion having landed in the 3rd wave. The guns were instrumental in aiding the Canadians to advance over 1 mile inland from Juno Beach. He and his crew fought through France, Belgium, Holland and into Germany.

While on leave in England, he met his wife Phyllis who was serving with the Women’s Land Army. They married in Hemsworth, Yorkshire on Oct. 6th, 1945.

Returning to Toronto after the war, they settled and started to raise a family. Most of his working life was spent in the Post Office - a job he loved. He volunteered for many years after Phyllis died at Humber Hospital.

After a series of mini strokes, the last 4 years of his life were spent at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre. We cannot say enough about the incredible care that he received there. Through the excellent medical care and creative therapies he was able to participate in, this last stage of his life continued to be meaningful and expansive. For this we will always be grateful to the excellent and caring staff and volunteers at the Veterans Centre.

Rest In Peace Old Gunner; you’ve done your duty.
May your accumulated good Karma serve you well on your next great adventure.
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    Location
    Riverside Crematorium
    Address
    1567 Royal York Road
    TORONTO, ON
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Ronald Stok

Posted at 04:44am
RIP my dear friend Never forget meeting you in Toronto Canada in 1983 when I was over to pay tribute to the Canadian Vets Out of sight but still in my heart Lest we forget We will remember them Lest we forget We will remember them
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Elizabeth Wall

Posted at 10:10pm
Dear Mary and all of Harry's Family: Sympathy and heartfelt condolences to all who mourn Harry's passing. He was a wonderful person and we enjoyed his company and our conversations when he lived at Woodsworth. May he rest in peace, in God's care. We won't forget him. Elizabeth Wall and Bob Saunders.
 
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Mary Preston Posted at 06:53pm

Thank you Bob and Elizabeth. He loved living at Woodsworth.
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