Oct. 9, 1911 ~ May 4, 2014

Harry I. Ellsworth of Rimbey, Alberta passed away with family at his side at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Rimbey on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the age of 102 years.

Harry was the only child of John Edward and Bessie (Poling) Ellsworth of the Forshee area. He was raised on the farm and attended the Chapel School, followed by two years at the Bentley High School. Harry then decided to farm full-time with his father so he bought a quarter section of land just west of Gull Lake, and worked to clear and break it. He later purchased the quarter west of that, as well as bush pasture land. In 1938, Harry married Clara Massing of the Ponoka area, who had taught school at the Chapel School and boarded with his parents. They moved to the ‘Craig Place’ where they mixed farmed and raised a family of three sons and one daughter. Harry served on the Forshee Hall Board and on the Blindman Valley REA, working to bring rural electricity to that area. In 1964, Harry and Clara sold the Craig place and moved a quarter mile south to the Kreugar place, residing there until 1974, at which time they then settled into Rimbey. Harry continued to farm the lake land for a few more years, enjoying the wildlife and his lunches in the field. In 2004, Harry moved to Parkland Manor which was his home for more than nine years, and in early 2014 he became a resident of Continuing Care. Harry loved to visit with friends and family, go for country drives, and visit the farms and the lake. He was often seen walking east of town to the railroad tracks and around town, until his eyesight failed and he could no longer enjoy his outings.

Harry will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his three sons, Orville of Rimbey; Ken (Meryl) of Edmonton; and Les, also of Edmonton; and his daughter, Carol(Lawrence) Jaffray of Rimbey; as well as eleven grandchildren; twenty-seven great grandchildren; and one great, great grandson. Harry was predeceased by his parents, Ed and Bessie; his beloved wife, Clara in 1993; two infant grandsons; and a special daughter-in-law.

A Public Funeral Service in Honour of Harry’s Life was held at the Rimbey United Church, Rimbey on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with the Reverend Deborah Laing officiating. Interment followed in the West Haven Cemetery, Rimbey. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Harry’s Memory may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 4K1; to the David Thompson Health Trust, c/o Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0; or to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences to the Family may also be expressed by email to: special_reflections@telusplanet.net

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