Wednesday, May 1, 2013

RIP Bert, Happy Bday Nolie, & Maypril Fools Day [2/3]

So I started biking the other day... after it was terribly bad for allergies (I had to leave work early).

Then today was Maypril Fools Day and I tried to look up last year's post and saw that I had already biked 12 days by this time last year... ouch.

Better late than never, no?

Oh, and Happy Birfday big bro!  [i.e. Nolan]

After biking 2 times and trying to hack portals, I'm finding it's really annoying.  Tho' it's good that Endomondo now at least pauses while I hack...  Whereas my old driving route I'd get:
St. Volodymyr, Fire Station, St. Agnes, Mary JL, both Aviation Museums (one's the DaVinci, but despite me telling ingress it's not a museum it still won't chage), then maybe the Cairn and another Fire Station before hitting the City Hall region (another 10 portals)... 18 portals (there's another 2 nearby if I have the time)

Now I just get St. Volodymyr (if I remember, usually I just get on the bike and go), Fire Station, St. Agnes, Mary JL and then the CP station.  Depending on how winded I am I may do a couple around the office.  So, maybe 7.

Oh, well, not an active player anymore (i.e. no small detours to go and hack now...), but at least I'm still getting active.

To keep you up to date, last weekend we laid Bert to rest.  RIP Bert Harris.  It was a really touching ceremony on Saturday.

 Bert Harris
Friday, September 21, 1923 - Monday, April 22, 2013
Birth Place: Port Arthur, Ontairo
Funeral Service
Location: St. Margaret's R.C. Church, Clayte Street
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Charity of Choice: Branch #5 Building Fund

Mr. Bert “Uncle Bert ”Harris” passed away peacefully at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre on Monday April 22nd with his loving family by his side. Bert was born in Port Arthur in 1923 to parents Ida and Burdock Harris. Bert served oversees with the Canadian Infantry during World War II. He was a very proud Canadian and veteran. He participated in a number Remembrance Day services and services of tribute to deceased comrades. He was a long time Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #5 as well as the Knights of Columbus Leo Council 1130. He curled for several years in the Port Arthur Curling Club’s Go Slow League. Although his health wouldn’t allow him to curl for the past 3 years, he still regularly met up with his wonderful buddies at the Curling Club, or the Legion. Prior to joining the Army, and after his discharge, Bert worked at Port Arthur Lumber and Wanson Lumber. He ended his work career in 1987 after completing 26 years at The Thunder Bay Catholic School Board as a Custodian. Bert was an extremely hard working man. He was a master carpenter by trade and completed many projects over the years both at the School Board and on his own time. In 1959 Bert married the love of his life Mary (nee Knauff). Mary predeceased him in 1999. Bert’s love and devotion to Mary were truly amazing; and while her passing was extremely difficult for Bert, with the love and support of his family and friends Bert continued to share his love and amazing Spirit with so may. Over the years Bert played a key role in the lives of so many people. He was a kind and loving man with a contagious laugh and a way of making you feel better just by being around him. He was a joyful man who truly appreciated all that was given him in life. He loved a hug and a kiss, and was quick to tell you how much he loved you. Bert’s last two days of his life were spent at Hawkeye Lake, where he and Mary had built their camp in the late 50’s, in the home that Jim has built there. He spent the weekend with Jim (his kindred spirit) and Lisa, and his niece Ann, sharing many stories and many laughs. Bert is survived by his two boys and their wives, Jim Howie and Lisa Winter, Jeff and Jennifer Howie and Alex, Cayleigh and Jordyn, whom he considered grandchildren. Bert is also survived by his sister Barbara (Dan Sotile), brothers Gerry and Kenny (Mary), sister in law Tint and adopted daughter Lois Fontaine (Jim). Many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, who were all very special to him, also survive Bert. Many, who weren’t officially nieces, or nephews, also came to love him as Uncle Bert. Bert was predeceased by his parents Ida and Burdock, brothers Harold, Vernon, Ronnie and Bobby, Sister June and Sisters in Law Vivian and Lorraine. Bert was also predeceased by his mother and father in law John and Lillie Knauff, sister and brother in law Margaret and Hugh Howie and brother in laws and sister in laws Ray and Cecilia, Cedrick and Betty, Fred and Kay and Dan and Marjorie. Thank you to the following special angels in Bert’s life; John and Sandi, who took Bert to all his medical appointments for several years and were always there for whatever he needed, Cookie who was also always there for Bert, and Ann and Marion who have always kept in touch from afar and were quick to come to Thunder Bay when needed. To Mary from Bayshore, Yvonne who did housework for Bert, and the ladies from Niva’s Restaurant, thank you for all the special kindness you’ve shown Bert. Finally to Dick, Les and Ron, thank you for being such wonderful friends. Cremation has taken place and the Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Margaret’s R.C. Church, celebrated by Rev. Ciaran Donnelly. A Reception will follow the Mass in the Church Hall. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations to the Branch #5 Building Fund. Arrangements are in care of the Sargent & Son Funeral Directors, 21 N. Court Street. On-line condolences may be made at

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