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Harold Daniel Austin

1936-2020

Harold Daniel Austin

Harold Daniel Austin of Kingsport, NS passed away at the Valley Regional Hospital after a long battle with Cancer and Alzheimer’s on July 20, 2020, at the age of 83.  Harold was born in Chipman, NB on October 12, 1936. He will be missed by his wife of 57 years, Janet Austin (nee Thorne), Kingsport; sons, Dan (Vanessa), of Gander NL and their two children, Zachary and Natalie; Greg (Jennifer) of Franklin, Indiana and their two children, Ryan and Caitlin; Colin (Ardena) and their son, Connor of Amherst NS; and his dearly loved sister, Mildred Rogers in Stratford, Ontario.  He will be fondly remembered by his numerous cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews across Canada and the US. He also held a special place for niece Penny Mills of Moncton and friends Robbie Sherrard and Lewis Pearson; two individuals who always made an effort to stay in touch with Harold as a mentor. He is predeceased by his parents, Daniel and Bertha Austin (nee Estabrooks), his infant daughter, Michelle Lynn and brother in law John Rogers. Harold graduated from the University of NB in 1958 with a BA (Honours) in Economics and was recruited by Irving Oil where he rose to the position of Data Processing Manager and was involved with the installation of an IBM mainframe computer; one of the first in Eastern Canada.  In 1966, Harold began work at Acadia University and retired as the Vice President Finance, Comptroller and Treasurer in 1998.  Harold, as a professional chartered accountant, volunteered his time to non-profit organizations throughout the Valley. Harold was a father to three active boys; Dan, Greg, and Colin and volunteered his time as a hockey coach and mentor for many young Canning players and was also the Treasurer for the Valley Wildcats Midget AAA program for a number of years.  Dad was very proud of his sons and their excellence in their chosen careers. "Papa" was also a proud supporter of his grandchildren’s academic and athletic accomplishments. His wife Janet supported Harold and their family at home until their three boys were older, and began her successful career in real estate in Wolfville, NS. Both retired to their renovated cottage in Kingsport, NS. Harold loved playing softball and hockey. An avid reader of action adventure with Koontz and Cussler, Harold enjoyed his retirement reading books, watching his Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs, taking walks through Kingsport and feeding his many neighbor’s dogs treats along the way.  Harold had a wonderful, productive life and had a lasting impact on those he touched.  He will be missed by his family, friends, and neighbors in Kingsport, NS. The family is extremely grateful for the care and support Harold and Janet received during his illness. The kindness and service of the staff at the Valley Regional Hospital particularly in the Emergency Department, Oncology, Neurology and Medical Ward B. Special thanks also to the caregivers and staff at the Annapolis Valley VON, Harold’s physician Dr. Martin Fleckenstein, and the many health care providers whose expertise and exceptional care allowed Harold to have as much time with us as he did. In lieu of flowers the family would be pleased to have any donations made to the SPCA in Kings County, NS, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of Harold. There will not be a public service at this time. A Public Celebration of Harold’s life will take place at a later date due to the current public health restrictions and protocols. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. On-line condolences and inquiries may be directed to www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com. 

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Service Location
A Public Celebration of Harold’s life will take place at a later date

Visitation Location
There will be no visitation, by request

Requested Charity
SPCA in Kings County, NS, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Society