We the family, with broken hearts, regret to announce the sudden passing of Harold ‘Harry’ Stephen Harnum, age 64 years, on Sunday, January 31, 2021 as the result of tragic vehicle pedestrian accident in Sydney.
Born on January 30, 1957 in Sydney, Harry was the son of the late Harold and Mary (Porter) Harnum.
Harry is survived by his sister, Anne (Jeff) DeViller; little buddy and nephew, Riley Wadden, who enjoyed watching movies with and playing Xbox; nieces and nephews, Bernadette, Natasha (Stanley), Robert (Renae), Leo (Beth), Stephanie (Steven) and Byron; great nieces and nephews, Jeydon, Alijah, Isaiah, Lucas, Cooper and Nellie; brother, David (Donna); nephew, James (Martina), Sydney; niece, Brittany (Andrew), Ottawa; as well as a very close friend, Raymond Belbin and his extended family.
Harry had an amazing bond with his sister, Anne and loved his family whole heartedly. He was the kind of man that would give you the shirt off his back and look for nothing in return. Harry was an avid coin and stamp collector. He loved to go to the landfill site to collect scrap metal and bottles. Along the way he made many friends who he would share a coffee with or just stop to chat. Harry was a great man with a great sense of humor. A gentle quiet man that was always there to lend a hand without being asked. Harry has touched the lives of so many people over the years and we have all lost a great icon.
Besides his parents, Harry was predeceased by his wife, Anne Sollazzo and his life long best friend, Byron Harris Senior.
There will be no visitation. Memorial service to celebrate the life of Harry Harnum will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church St.), Whitney Pier on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating. All Covid-19 protocols will be in effect.
Donations in memory of Harry may be made to the SPCA Cape Breton Branch.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
“Harry you will never be forgotten. Your spirit will live on in all of us. The memories we shared will last a lifetime.”
So sorry for your loss Harry was a very kind and friendly person who always waved when he saw my CBRM truck go by. He would pass our shop every day with a smile no matter what type of weather. We’d look forward to seeing him. He will be sadly missed.
Wally Krszwda CBRM
From: Wally Krszwda
Dear Anne and family members I send my condolences out to you on Harry’s sudden passing ..I met Harry last year and I knew right away what a very special and kind man he truly was ..shared many a tea and coffee with him during cold winter days at or near Tim Horton’s on Welton St. Such a hard worker and a gentle soul ..and Harry would hand me a few lucky clovers which I still have..one fond memory I have of him is over the summer he went to the dairy queen and bought me a close to 5.00$ ice cream .was so nice on a hot summer day. What can you say Harry was one of a kind and I will always remember his kindness and good nature. And it was a pleasure to have know him. And I will miss him very much . Harry will always be remembered and never forgotten. Such a bright light ..R.I.P Harry my good friend until we meet again
Kenny and I wish to send our condolences to David and his family on the loss of his brother Harold. We are so sorry for your loss. Only time can mend a broken heart.
From: Donna & Kenny Muise
Sorry to hear of Harry passing He spent many hours at my home with my late son Walt he was a great man we all love Him will keep Him & the family in our prayers
From: Ada Hagen
RIP Harold. You are one of the kindest people that I have known in my lifetime. James & I are very sorry to hear of your passing. Condolences to your friends and family.
From: Judith Florian
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Harry , Our Prayers are with you all at this difficult time ,
Love Cousins Pauline Bishop & Cyrilla Tremblett
From: Audrey Pauline Bishop
Our deepest sympathy to the family our prayers are with you
From: Mr and Mrs Carew
So sorry to hear this news. Harry was a friend from Sea Cadets many years ago. RIP.
From: Phil Leadbeater
I didn’t know your name for the many times I drove passed you in the various locations in Sydney. I gave you a wave and you always had a smile. My last encounter with you I had the opportunity to speak with you, I wish I had gotten a chance to speak with you sooner. RIP Harry.
My Condolences David and family. We grew up and knew each other’s families for years, I am very saddened to hear this news, my heart goes out to all of you. I will always remember my visits to see your Mom and Dad and you two boys and Harry would show me his coin collection. He was such a kind , loving soul, may he rest in the arms of the Angels.. Judy MacQueen-MacIntyre, sisters, Lynda and Donna
Harry was a hard working friendly guy who brought his bottles to our depot. We will miss you Harry. Condolences to his family. From the staff at Total Recycling Ltd.
Oh Anne. It breaks my heart to heart this. You and your family and friends were everything his everything. Love and hugs to all of you during this difficult time. I love you all and it is going to be so very different when visiting. Shower Riley with overwhelming love because he’s really going to need it for the difficult days ahead.
Condolences to Harry’s family and friends…God Bless…rest in peace!
To the family of Harry, I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. I encountered Harry on several occasions and I could tell he was nothing but the kindest and gentlest of souls. My heart is truly broken for you.
My condolences to the loss of my cousin Harry Harnum he was a great person and I will always remember him love Harry fly high in the sky my thoughts are with Dave and Donna and also Anne and family
RIP Harry loved working with you and Anne at K-mart
We are so very sorry for your loss Dave my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time 🙏.Les and Valerie Roach
Sincerest condolences to Dave, the Harnum family and Harry’s friends.
So sorry to hear of Harry’s passing!! I worked with Harry many years ago at the Kmart! RIP Harry
I worked with Harry at Kmart for many years. He was such a hard worker and always a smile. Thinking of you all at this very difficult time. Les & Linda Macfadden
Harry was a friend to all of us at CBRM street Dept . Certainly will miss him RIP Buddy
I am so sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. I will fondly remember our many visits both in Sydney and CBS, NL. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his brother Dave and Donna, and his close friend Willard(Junior).
I am so saddened to read this. My sincere condolences to Riley as I know how much he loved his uncle. He was so good to walk Riley to school no matter what the weather was. My sincere condolences to all of Harry’s family and friends. RIP
Hi there you don’t really know me but I Live behind you. I just want to send my deepest condolences and loving prayers. Harry was a very sweet man I would see him every day in passing and we would greet each other with a wave and a smile. Sending big hugs at the is very difficult time
Rip Harry, we will surely miss seeing you around. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends.
So very sorry for your loss! Harry was an amazing person always filled with love for his family! Thinking of you all at this difficult time! Hugs and love you guys!
Sorry for your loss.
Carol & Darin Ley
I am one of the people harry befriended along his travels. From a far you would think he was down on his luck but after talking with him you would quickly realize that he was just happy to he doing what he’s doing.
He defiantly was happy with the little things in life, Something we could all learn something from.
I helped him a few times and he gave me something in return that he told me is good luck. I wish he had it on him at the time but he gave it to me and I will continue to hold onto it for a very long time. RIP Harry.
Our deepest sympathy to Harry’s family from Carol, Sam and Stan Dicks from Willows Street
Condolences to Harry’s family and friends. May you rest in peace.He was a hard working friendly soul.God Bless
Very sad news on the passing of my cousin Harry who I spent many childhood Summers with my Aunt and Uncle and cousins Dave and Harry. We had a lot of good times and shared many of our summers either in Sydney or in Newfoundland where he loved to go on the fishing boat with my brother. Harry has always and still has a place in my heart. I send my sincere condolences to Dave, Donna,James (Martina) and Brittany. Fly high with the Angels Harry, you can now reunite in Heaven with your loved ones gone on before. ❤️
I’m shocked and saddened by this tragic news.
I work on welton street and Harry and I crossed paths almost daily.
Such a sweet man. And clearly loved.
Rest peacefully, ol’ timer. Thanks for the chats and the laughs <3 I will miss you !!
My sincerest condolences to Harry’s family and friends and to the ENTIRE community. I think everyone knew Harry! <3
He came into my work frequently. He was a sweet gentle soul. God bless. Condolences to his family and friends
My heart is broken. Such a kind and gentle soul taken so soon. Rest peacefully Harry, you will be missed.
When I lived on Willow St I came to know Harry, from then on we would always share a wave and a smile. Harry was a lovely man and he will be missed. Sending positive thoughts to Harry’s family and friends.
Dave and Donna, so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother!! I never had the pleasure of meeting him however being your brother I can only guess how nice of a man he was. Condolences to you and your families
I have fond memories of Harry, RIP cousin, our deepest condolences to Dave, Donna, James, Martina, Britt, family and frineds, RIP Harry, XO’s
Condolences to the Harnum family. Harry was a lovely man and will be missed. May he rest in peace.
So very sad to hear the news about my little buddy . We used to have the greatest chats , what a kind gentle soul the world has lost .
RIP Harry .
Sad News,Harry worked with my husband and my mother at the Kmart very great guy.RIP
Dave and Donna,so sorry to hear of Harry,s tragic death,he was a lovely man good to everyone he met,he will be missed by all who knew him,Rest easy Harry.
I have known Harry about two years ! Working on grandlake road diving home to the pier, I would see Harry every day for about two years ! Even on my late night drives, I would catch him at McDonald’s getting a tea or tims, I would ask him if he wanted me to get him a snack but I would insist so he would end up saying yes ! He was a kind soul, and a very hard worker I aspire to be has much of a hard worker as Harry ! My heart breaks for his family and close friends ! I will miss seeing him around !! My deepest condolences!
My heartfelt condolences to Harry’s family. Harry has been stopping by my home to pick up recyclables since I moved to Lorne St last year. He often spoke of his sister and how much he loved her. It was only last week that he was here and told me his birthday was the next day. Rest In Peace my friend, I always enjoyed our chats 💕💕
So sorry to hear of Harry’s death. When I worked in Sydney at Tim’s, he would stop in for a coffee and sometimes a bowl of hot soup. Will definitely be missed around the city. He was always easy going. R.I.P Harry.
Dave and Donna and family sorry for your loss rip Harry
On behalf of Transit Cape Breton, we send our condolences to the Family of Harry, who none of us ever met, but were always greeted with a smile & wave any time we passed him. May he Rest In Peace!
I am truly sorry to hear of the passing of your brother. Harry was a happy go lucky guy, always a pleasure to talk to, a hard worker whom people could learn from. He will be missed. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
This city has lost a wonderful, hardworking, kindhearted soul in Harry. He always had a smile whenever and wherever you met him. He gifted me with a four leaf clover he was so adept at finding. I keep it in my car. We’d stop to talk to him several times a week and before we parted I would always tell him to be careful. Rest In Peace Harry. You have certainly earned your wings. Godspeed my friend 🙏.
Dave and Donna, so sorry to hear about Harry. He was a great buddy for many years starting in early childhood. He was as genuine as anyone I ever met. Always a friendly hello and smile. I and my family will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family at this difficult time.
Sorry to hear of the passing of our dear cousin Harry , Our prayers are with you all at this difficult time . R.I.P. Harry
Love (Cousins ) Pauline Bishop & Cyrilla Tremblett .. nee Legge
So sorry to hear of the passing of Harry. I got to know him when I was transferred to Kmart in Sydney. Great worker and friend. Had the opportunity to take Harry fishing for gaspereau on the river of the same name. He was a very hard worker…..always got the job done. Condolences to the family.
Sorry to hear about the passing of my cousin Harry ..R.I.P. Harry
Dave and Donna please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved brother and may his memories be a blessing
Very sorry to hear of this tragic loss. I grew up on Rosewood Drive in the 70’s and Harry and his family lived up the street. We grew up together. He was a friend to us all. A special guy. I have lived away from Ashby for nearly 40 years now but my sister paula would update me on how Harry was doing from time to time. I was always pleased that he was living his life the way Harry wanted. So sorry for the loss of a special man. Our deepest sympathy to Harrys family and Friends of which there were many.
The staff of Hashem’s Scrap Yard want to offer our deepest condolences. We loved Harry dearly. He was an inspiration every time he came into the yard and touched all of our hearts. We have made a donation to the Cape Breton SPCA in Harry’s honour. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
So very saddened to hear of Harry’s passing. He was such a lovely man. I’ll always remember his kind ways. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.
Dave, Donna and Family. I’m so sorry for your loss. RIP Harry
My deepest condolences to Harry’s family and friends, my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Sincere condolences to Harry’s family and friends. I knew Harry to be a “good man”. He was kind and he truly had “a good heart”. RIP