It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Harold Charles Bridge on February 20th, 2015 at the age of 82. Survived by his loving family; wife Evelyn Bridge; son’s Leroy, Charles, Stanley and Dean Bridge; daughters Rosemarie Rogers and Marilyn Bridge; Sister Inez Root and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Harold was predeceased by his father Stanley and mother Alice (Pearl) Bridge; brother Victor Bridge; Sisters Alice Lincon and Margaret Cahoon; grandson Derrick Smith; nieces Cindy Verbeak and Susan Thompson.
Harold was born in Nelson B.C and spent his younger years in the Trail area. He then ventured away from the Kootenays and spent some time in Vancouver and Prince George, but eventually came back to work alongside his parents in their greenhouse in Kaslo. It was when he moved to Slocan that he met his wife.
Harold and Evelyn were married August 22, 1964 in Slocan B.C. A few years later they bought property in East Arrow Park. Soon after they purchased the property, Harold followed in his families’ footsteps and opened Bridge’s Greenhouse where he spent 20 years producing beautiful flowers, vegetables and fruit for sale in the greenhouse itself as well as traveling to many markets with Evelyn.
Harold had many jobs over his 82 years; everything from building bricks and working in a greenhouse in Vancouver to owning and operating a CAT. He drove many pieces of heavy equipment, and ran a grader for Slocan Forest Products for over 25 years. He retired in 1992, but that did not slow him down at all, it just gave him more time to pursue his interests.
Harold’s love of picking and buying mushrooms was well known throughout the Valley. He also had a passion for dredging and panning for gold, inventing and building things, and of course playing crib. Harold was an avid storyteller and would have many wonderful stories to share about his numerous adventures and his wonderful sense of humour could always put a smile on the face of a loved one, or even a perfect stranger. When he wasn’t busy with his many hobbies he was traveling, camping and spending time with his family and friends whom he loved very much, young and old, and cherished each and every one of them dearly.
Harold will be missed by all that knew him and will live on in our hearts forever.