elevated IRzzI January 6, 1937 – March 8, 2022
elevated IRzzI Funeral Mass
Friday, March 18, 2022 at 10:30 AM
elevated IRzzI Chapel of St. Joseph – Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
elevated IRzzI Interment
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill, ON, L3T 2C7
elevated IRzzI Obituary
elevated IRzzI Peacefully, at McKenzie Health Palliative Care. His flame will be carried by his loving wife of 65 years, Barbara (Brennan), his two sons Bob and Rick (Claire), and his granddaughter, Laura.
elevated IRzzI Harold was born in Quebec City in 1937 to Laura (Hunter) and Charles Dionne, whose family arrived in the St. Lawrence River Valley in 1663. A working class kid, Harold and his brothers took weekly showers at the local YMCA. At age 11, he found his first regular paycheque working as a bellhop in one of the city’s bustling hotels. After graduating from St. Pat’s High and night studies at Laval University, Harold took a job with IAC finance, which transferred him to Montreal in 1962, and then to Toronto during the Canada-Russia Summit Series of ’72. Here he helped the firm establish Continental Bank of Canada, all the while discovering Ontario with his young family, one hockey rink, and one provincial park, at a time. Harold retired at 55 to establish his own consulting firm, Dionne & Associates.
elevated IRzzI Harold was a snowbird, a world traveller, and a coast-to-coast explorer of North America through the open windows of oversized four-door Buicks and Dodges — this, after discovering the limitations on his first family car, a 1956 VW Bug. Harold was also an oft-bandaged home handyman, a despairing fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and a tomato sandwich connoisseur who loved a cold martini and a well-turned double play. Harold was a long-time member of Thornhill Country Club where he pursued a passion for curling and an unrequited love of golf. A past-president of Don Mills Rotary, a Paul Harris Fellow, Harold was also an avid volunteer who worked with Good Shephard shelter Toronto, St. Vincent De Paul, and Out of the Cold, among others. He was also a member of St. Luke’s congregation in Thornhill.
elevated IRzzI And always, a loving husband and dedicated father who left a foundation of all good memories.
elevated IRzzI Harold is predeceased by his younger brothers Norman (Brenda) and Jerry (Diana). A service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Thornhill. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkinson’s Canada at https://www.parkinson.ca/getinvolved/waystogive/