After a very full life, Harold “Cooter” Darroch of Listowel, peacefully passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016 in his 77th year.
Harold was born on September 11, 1939, in Mount Forest, to Lorne and Pearl (Wideman) Darroch.
Beloved husband and lifelong partner of Ethel (Simpson) Darroch whom he married on September 26, 1959. Father of Sandra and Doug Boertien of Listowel, and Bryan Darroch of Kitchener. Grandfather of Avery, Philip, Scott, and Benjamin.
Predeceased by his sister Christine Lindsay and her husband Joe.
Harold became a licensed mechanic and started his career at Harvey Krotz ford. A few years later he purchase the BP gas bar at the West end of town. He then moved his business across the highway and opened the West End Garage, where he (and Bear Scott) would continue to service the community for the next 30 years.
Harold was an innovator, while operating the West End Garage; he devised a portable BBQ spit and serviced the County with BBQ’s for the next decade. His next move was to buy an old grader and strait truck, completely over haul them, and start a successful Dust Control Business. Harold retired from the Dust control Business in 2003. From there, you could always find Cooter on an early drive “around town”, and then in his woodworking shop, outback of his Boyne Avenue home.
Harold was a community minded person. He played active roles in the Wallace Optimist Club, the Maitland Valley Snowmobile Club and created the trail from the water tower to the Maitland River.
Harold and Ethel traveled, along with their family, in another of Harold’s innovations – an RV converted from an old shoe van. Years later, you could find Harold and Ethel and friends, on the Jamboree circuit – where you would find Cooter tapping away on yet another innovative set of wooden “spoons”.
Harold Darroch left this earth with no regrets
Visitation will be held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel, on Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel, on Monday, August 15th at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Don McCallum officiating.
Family interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.
Memorial donations to Listowel Memorial Hospital Cat Scan Fund appreciated.