William Stanislaus Haras (Harasymowicz)
January 1, 1923-December 18, 2020
Passed peacefully, just short of his 98th birthday, at Hospice Wellington, Guelph, Ontario.
Dad will be fondly remembered by his seven children Marta Nessman (David), Kate Nichols (Bob), Bill Haras (Suzanne), Mariette Haras (Steve), Ian Haras (Jodi), Stephen Haras (Nicole) and Stephanie Lloyd (Mark), plus 14 grandchildren. His nine great grandchildren affectionately knew Bill as “GG”.
Dad enjoyed a varied and fascinating life. Born near Błotnia, Poland, he spent his childhood in Zubra near Lwów. Dad joined the Polish underground during World War II and immediately after the war he immigrated to Canada.
His first year in Canada was spent working on a dairy farm outside of Ottawa, followed by time working for the E.B. Eddy Company surveying forests in Quebec for pulp and paper production. He came to Guelph in 1950, where he worked for land surveyors Bowman, Black and Shoemaker. Dad made his career with the Federal Government as a hydrologist. Dad was co-editor of the Canada/Ontario Great Lakes Shore Damage Survey Coastal Zone Atlas, 1976. He was very proud of this work.
His Polish heritage was always close to his heart. He developed many friendships in the Guelph Polish community that lasted his lifetime.
Dad’s children are profoundly thankful to Joy Hammond for the love and tenderness she shared with our father, especially these last few months.
We also appreciate his many friends who visited Dad regularly to reminisce and help him make the best of every day.
We also wish to thank the following for the compassionate and professional care that they provided to Dad – The LHIN, Bayshore Nursing team, especially Katrina, and the many PSWs who were not only his caregivers but his friends and Dr. Spadafora who managed Dad’s care.
We send a heartfelt appreciation to the Hospice Wellington staff and volunteers for the excellent and tender care that Dad enjoyed in his last few days.
Funeral Mass arrangements will be announced in the New Year, once health regulations allow more formal gatherings. Interment will be a private family ceremony.
We will miss you Dad but you will always be in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Dad’s memory to Hospice Wellington at https://www.hospicewellington.org/donate or by phone at 519-836-3921
Donation cards are also available through Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Dublin Chapel 519-822-4731 or online at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com.