COLE, Harry Aylsworth

July 10 1937 – December 30 2012

With family by his side, Harry peacefully passed away at home in the loving arms of his wife Dorothy, of 55 years.  Also left “holding the shop down” are his children Cherie (Guido), David (Sherie), Christine, Michele (Eric) Grandchildren Bradly, Aimee, Andrew, Jason, Bryanna & Janelle Great grandchildren, Kassandra & Kaden Sisters Shirley & Joan and Helper, Ken.  Harry was born in Cherry Valley, Ontario to Norma & Murney Cole (deceased).  In 1960, Harry packed up his wife & first born child & headed out to the wild west!  They landed in a small unknown but very friendly little town in the East Kootenays called Jaffray. Three children later, Harry worked hard to provide for his growing brood. There he learned all of his construction trades & soon became the local handy fix-it-all man & beloved member of the community.  With the beautiful mountainous surroundings, Harry’s biggest passions became fishing, getting fire wood, standing on bear guard as we picked huckleberries & hunting.  In 1980 Harry moved once again, this time to Westside Road in Vernon in the sunny Okanagan. Years later at the early age of 46, he had his first heart attack & was forced into early retirement. By this time Harry had become friends with many people on the Reservation & his days were never lonely. There was always someone that wanted his companionship & expertise. Of course after a hard day at play, a nice cigar & a good Happy Hour was always welcomed!  Harry was a man of few words but when they came out, every word was worth listening to.  How we now long for just one word.  Harry was a big presence in everyone’s lives & he is deeply missed already.  A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at


Arrangements entrusted to


Vernon 250-558-0866 & Armstrong 250-546-7237

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