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Harold James Warner

Obituary of Harold James Warner

WARNER - Harold James Warner, born August 2, 1914, died peacefully at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre on Friday, May 27, 2005 in his 91st year. Harold was one of five born to James and Margaret Warner. He was predeceased by his loving wife Ruby, sisters Eileen Lax, Dorothy Jarvis, Marjorie McAnerin, and Doreen Warner, son-in-law Wayne Schram, and good friend Elaine McIntyre. He is survived by his four children, Maureen Jordan (Ian), children Carrie Jordan (Tyler Smith) and Scott; Tom Warner (Deborah Hammond), children Carson Warner, Natasha Hammond (Yuri Nystrom), great grandchild Kyeran, Craig Hammond (Crysta Mytroen), great grandchild Hope; Barbara Ingaldson (Fred), children Nicole and Ryan Schram; Jim Warner (Lynda Patterson), children Aaron (Kendra Graham) and Leia Warner (James Runquist). Our family would especially like to express our gratitude to all our dads friends and caregivers who stayed with him, helped him out, and made his days special. Thank you to the staff and patrons of Bushwakker Brewing Company, the staff of Silva Home Care, Dean Ast and staff at Hill Avenue Drugs, the medical and social work staff of the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, and Dr. Michel. Our dad felt blessed to be amongst you. Our dad was born in Regina and joined SaskTel on March 17, 1930 as a General Office Messenger at Regina, to the Accounting Department in 1933 as a Messenger and Junior Clerk, and became Assistant Addressograph Operator in 1935, Ledger Keeper in 1936, Stock Records Clerk in 1937 and Stock Clerk, Division 3 in 1938. In July of 1940 he enlisted in the 2nd Bn. Regina Rifles Regiment (Non-Permanent Active Militia of Canada), where he completed Annual Training and then transferred to the RCNVR on November 1, 1940. His enrollment date into the RCNVR was November 4, 1940 at which time he was rated as Ordinary Seaman. He entered Harbour Training Service (HTR) on October 31, 1940 and was based at HMCS "DHQ Regina, Saskatchewan. When dad left HTR, he had been an acting leading hand at DHQ for some time, and given a superior rating in Torpedo, Gunnery, and Seamanship and was recommended for both Torpedo and Shore Patrol. During dads active service with the RCNVR he was successful in advancement to: Acting Able Seaman - March 3, 1942, Able Seaman - November 17, 1942, Acting Leading Seaman - September 1, 1943 and Leading Seaman - September 1, 1944. As L/Smn., he passed professionally for Petty Officer on September 18, 1943. He served at Sea on board HMCS. "Courtenay since the 21st of August 1944, confirmed as L/Smn. On September 1st, 1944 and recommended for advancement to Acting Petty Officer on December 14, 1944. Acting Petty Officer - January 1, 1945, discharged - October 17, 1945. He saw active service and served on the High Seas on the east and west coasts from April 2, 1941 to October 17, 1945, when he was discharged. Following War service from 1941 to 1945, Harold returned to SaskTel as a Records Clerk. He moved to Moose Jaw in mid-1946 and on September 16 of the same year was appointed Senior City Plant Clerk. He moved to Head Office Accounting in 1951 as Revenue Control Clerk, to the Commercial Department, Regina as a Sales and Service Representative in 1955, to Head Office as Commercial Supervisor Assistant in 1958, to Business Office Supervisor, Regina, in 1960 and to the Marketing Department, South Division, as Marketing Manager on October 22, 1962. He held this position on his retirement September 29, 1968. Dad enlisted in the Signals Branch of the Militia Reserve on April 29, 1957 and was discharged on May 31, 1967 as a Warrant Officer, Second Class, in the Artillery Section. He was a holder of the Canadian Decoration service medal, 1939-43 Star, and a Good Conduct Badge. Our dad played the harmonica fluently and his friends and sea mates knew him as "Singing Sam. Memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. in Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue with Rev Des Patton officiating. Flowers most gratefully declined. Friends so wishing may make donations, in memoriam, to the charity of their choice. Condolences to the family may be emailed to reception@speersfuneralchapel.com
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