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Harold Lorance Ridge

October 25, 1928 - March 15, 2014


Harold passed away with his daughter Lavonne by his side, on March 15, 2014 at Jubilee Manor in Nelson at the age of 85 years. Harold was born on Oct. 25Th, 1928 to Bill and Elsie Ridge in Nelson, B.C.

Harold was the second youngest of a family of 7 children. In 1951 Harold married the love of his life Merla Smiley of Nelson, they made their home in Nelson for about 6 months but Harold was a country boy and didn't care for life in the city so they moved to South Slocan and were there until his stroke in Oct. 2012.  His final days were spent at Jubilee Manor.

Harold worked for West Kootenay Power for 41 and a half years, starting out in the gardens planting petunias.  Then was asked to work on the line crew where he stayed and was promoted to Line Foreman.

Harold was very active in the community, working and helping with a boys club in his early 20's, helping to start getting TV in South Slocan, building skating rinks down at #3 Plant for the kids, playing badminton and on a lot of the dances they use to have in the No. 1 hall and No. 3 halls.  Harold was also the bouncer at Playmor Hall that is when there were big name bands come in from all over B.C. and the States.

Family was Harold's greatest love.  He was an excellent husband,  father, father-in-law, grandfather and great grandfather. Harold loved to start his day having coffee with the guys.  Some of his favourite pastimes were hunting, fishing and cutting fire wood.

Harold was predeceased by his father and mother, his three older brothers, Doug, Jess and Elmore and one younger sister Florence Secco, his brothers-in-law Del Smiley, Joe Reese, Louis Secco and sisters-in-law Lea Wilson and Dolly Koehle.  He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Merla, daughter Lavonne (Rob) Ross of Richmond, Danne Ridge of Nelson, and Jeff (Diana) Ridge of South Slocan, Grandchildren Chris (Carol) Ridge, great granddaughters, Emily and Presley Ridge of Castlegar and Sara (Steve) Maloff of Warfield, his sisters Win Rae of Trail and Bertha Reese of Kimberley.

At Harold's request there will be no funeral.  A drop in Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 between 1 & 4 pm at the Adventure Hotel (formerly the New Grand Hotel) 616 Vernon St., Nelson, BC.  In lieu of flowers a memorial donation to Nelson Jubilee Manor Place Foundation at 500 West Beasley St. West, Nelson, B.C. V1L 6G9, or charity of choice.

We wish to thank Dr. Bridger, Dr. Janz and the whole staff of Jubilee Manor for the excellent care given Harold. You all helped keep the sparkle in his eyes and his eye brows wiggling.  Thank you!




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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lawrence Kosiancic
Relation: A good freind

We are very sorry to hear of Harold’s passing I knew Harold from our teen age days and we worked together at WKP in the sixties, he was a good friend he will be missed.
Lawrence and Violet Kosiancic

From: Gary and Jan Westbury
Relation: Circle of Friends for Danne

To Merla and Family ,
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Harold .
He was such a kind friendly man and we always enjoyed his stories and sense of humor at the Fun gatherings we had to celebrate the occasion of that particular day. We will miss him . With Love , Gary and Jan xxx

From: Linda and Michael Daloise
Relation: For Harold, forever in our hearts

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand. – Irish Blessing
Love always Linda and Michael

From: Annette and Doug Ball
Relation: neighbour's

Jeff and family so sorry for your loss thinking of you

From: Anne Rutherglen
Relation: aquaintance

To Harolds family, I am sorry for iour loss. I met Harold when visiting my dad (Tudor) at Jubilee Manor. He had a great sense of humour adn I will miss him upon my next visit.

From: Bryon and Judy Sturt
Relation: Along time friend and neighbor

Dear Merla and family……. We will always remember Harold for his love of his family and friends, He lived his whole life to the fullest in every aspect there possibly was….Lending a hand – that was Harold!…… He will be missed by all of us….. You are all in our thoughts and prayers……
Love, Bryon and Judy Sturt xxxx

From: Kyle Ridge
Relation: Family

I am so proud to be related and have known Harold. I would like to share so many good memories, and positive impressions I have of Harold. Every time I saw him he would make me smile, just from his presence, and he would smile in return. He made me feel like he was proud to have me as a young Ridge in the family. Harold was always very supportive of me. Whether I was making a desperate attempt at a garden, or slowly splitting wood for the winter he always was supportive and encouraging; his approval kept me motivated. I will never forget you Harold, and how much you have impacted my life; thank you!

Love Kyle

From: murray worley
Relation: friend

Sorry to here about the passing of Harold. He was a great guy and will be sadly missed.

From: Marvin Nygaard
Relation: Family friend and co-worker

On behalf of the Nygaard family i would like to express our deepest sympathy to the Ridge family and especially my good friend ( Boone) for your loss. Harold was a very well respected man both at WKP and as a family friend.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
May 3, 2014
Beginning at 1:00pm

Adventure Hotel (formerly the New Grand Hotel )
616 Vernon Street
Nelson, BC Canada

A drop in Celebration of Life

616 Vernon Street
Nelson, BC Canada

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Nelson Jubilee Manor/Place Foundation

British Columbia , Canada


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