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Harold Tuck remembered by the Kincardine News team

Harold Murray Tuck passed away very peacefully at home on Monday August 30, 2021, after a courageous battle with metastatic esophageal cancer. Harold spent a number of years on the Kincardine News advertising team, and was very helpful to me during my time as a co-op student in high-school. According to a family memorial, Harold was born and raised in Toronto, studied Business at Ryerson, and was married in Scotland. “Harold loved music…rock, pop, classical, blues, jazz, choral … he had a huge vinyl collection because ‘nothing else sounded as good’,” said his wife. “He never missed an episode of Jeopardy, or a Formula 1 race (went to the F1 race in Monte Carlo, Monaco on his honeymoon). He loved to travel, was an avid photographer, loved his cats, grew orchids for a hobby, and on occasion enjoyed a good single malt Scotch. His favourite movie was ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (the original version only!)…he’ll now have his own wings.” “The happiest moment of his life was when our daughter Isabel came into our lives. He was a devoted father and so proud to see her graduate from Waterloo University this year,” she continued, in the same Facebook post. “We were foster parents to 11 children over the years prior to adopting Isabel and he wholeheartedly took on the role of dad…helped with homework, went camping, taught them to swim, outings to the Toronto Zoo and Ontario Place. For a brief while in their lives these children knew what it meant to have a father who really cared about them.” “He was a man of his word and had great integrity. In his latter years he had a strong faith in God. He was honest to a fault, always direct and never minced his words… that was one of the things we loved most about him. He had a quick wit and a great sense of humour,” she said, also commenting that there may have been a few too many dad jokes. He will be sadly missed by his wife Rose, daughter Isabel, his elderly aunt Margie Tuck; brother in law & sister in law Donald and Andrea MacArthur; Janet and Robert King; nieces and nephews here and many in the UK, Tammy (Whitney) Julia and Jacen; Murray; John (Julie) Alice, John, Luke; Diane (Mark) Iona Rose; Deborah (David) Arran, Calum; Esther (Helen), Loughlan; Iain (Sally); Christine (Phillip) Kenna; his long time childhood best friends Ed Oliver, Bill Sweet and Tom Low; and many cousins in ON, BC and abroad. Predeceased by his parents Harold Robert Tuck of Toronto, and Catherine Murray of Halifax, NS, both latterly of Kincardine; his brother Frank; his mother and father in law Anne and John MacArthur of Tiree, Scotland; and his brother in law John. The family sent out their thanks to the community nurses (especially Laura and Kylie) and to Dr Damian Gunaratne for making it possible for Harold to be cared for at home, as well as dear friends who helped out, Eric Watson who drove him up and down to London for treatments many times, Mel Smillie who also helped with driving and a huge thanks to Bill Subject for all the times he came to blow snow, cut grass, and fix anything that needed fixing when Harold was too sick to do anything himself. They also thanked everyone who sent meals, casseroles, to Louise for her chocolate chip muffins (Izzy’s absolute favourites), all those who gave us gift certificates especially for West Coast catering as Harold so enjoyed Alex’s soup when he had difficulty swallowing because of his cancer, for all the cards, calls, messages, prayers and hugs. Upon speaking to staff at the Kincardine News, he was well remembered and by all. “Harold was an old school gentleman: generous, polite, and quick to share a laugh and smile,” said Steven Goetz. “I don’t think I ever heard him complain or use an ill word of anyone. We lost one of the good ones.” In a photo you can see Harold with his camera at the wedding of Steven Goetz. His wife commented, saying that he carried his camera everywhere he went. “Harold and I worked together for a while at The Kincardine News,” said Debbie Goulding. “He always came into the office with a smile on his face. He’d put his lunch in the fridge, which was often Butter Chicken that made the office smell wonderful at lunch time after being heated up. After dropping his lunch, Harold would venture over to Coffee Culture to see if he knew the answer to the question of the day, usually coming back with a free coffee. Every now and then he’d tell me the answer so I could get a free coffee too. I rarely, if ever knew the answers.” “Harold was a very wise, educated man,” she continued. “He could have conversations about many various topics. He loved to talk and socialize with customers and tourists looking for directions or vacation ideas. He loved music, he always had a variety of music playing in his office.” “Harold and his lovely wife, Rose enjoyed cooking and were trying to create the best butter chicken recipe (which is why he had it so often for lunch),” recalled Debbie. “Harold loved the Scottish Shop that was next door to the office and one time when he purchased some Haagis, he let me try it for the first (and last) time. Friday afternoons, Harold would often sneak across the street for a dipped ice cream cone from Dairy Queen, always asking if I needed something before he left.” “Harold would show up with carnations for the girls in the office on Valentine’s Day which was so very thoughtful and sweet. I was always so surprised when he did that for us,” she continued. “He loved his wife and daughter along with his church family. He often spoke about them all with such pride and so much love. He was so proud of his daughter and would tell us of her accomplishments.” “Harold was such a sweet, thoughtful, gentle soul and it was a joy to have worked with him,” she concluded. “He will be missed by many.” As per Harold’s wishes, he has been cremated and there will be no formal funeral service due to Covid concerns. His remains will rest at Kincardine Cemetery. There will be a private family memorial service at a later date. The family is suggesting a charitable donation in memory of Harold, in leiu of flowers. His request was for donations to Allies for Alley Catz Rescue, a local cat rescue (contact Donna @ 519 395 3366). “He also said just ask people to be kind, to care about one another, get vaccinated if you can (well he didn’t exactly put it like that!), wear your mask, pay it forward, and be decent human beings,” said Rose, concluding her Facebook post. “Harold loved to sing…by now he’ll be singing the Hallelujah Chorus with the best choir ever and know that his Redeemer lives.” “Grief is the cost of love. He was loved deeply, he will be missed greatly, and will remain in our hearts forever,” she said. Family are requesting privacy at this time.

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Harold Murray Tuck passed away very peacefully at home on Monday, August 30 after a courageous battle with metastatic esophageal cancer. Harold Tuck worked at the Kincardine News for a number of years. SUBMITTED

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