We've Lost a Friend
Logging and Sawmilling Journal lost a valuable member of our editorial team, and a friend, in February with the death of long time contributor Harold Hatheway.
Harold passed away at home in Fredericton, New Brunswick on February 24 at the age of 75, after a brief illness. Harold’s connection to Logging and Sawmilling Journal goes back so far that even a canvass among our staff failed to turn up exactly when he started writing for the magazine. When asked, staffers simply said “a very long time”.
But from the 1980s forward, he contributed in-depth pieces to the magazine profiling a variety of forestry operations in the Maritimes.
Harold was a veteran of World War Two, when he was in the navy, and he became a graduate of the first veteran’s bill from the University of New Brunswick. He went on to become a high school principal. In 1963, he established CBC’s New Brunswick operations and served as manager until 1972, when he joined the provincial government.
Harold had a great dedication to volunteer work and was the recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Volunteer Service. He served on local, provincial and national levels as a lifetime member of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and was recognized for 35 years of volunteer service.
Harold was very passionate about nature—he was a founder of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick and an avid bird watcher. A nature preserve will be protected in his name by the Nature Conservancy of Canada in New Brunswick.
Harold’s great concern for nature came through for us at the magazine whenever he wrote a story on forest management—there was always a special focus on proper care of the forest and its wildlife.
Harold was known as the mayor of South End at the family’s camp at Oromocto Lake, which was one of his passions. Whenever he spoke to us in the Vancouver office about his camp, we could visualize the twinkle in his eyes.
As Harold wished, there was no formal service marking his passing. His family requested that donations to the CNIB or of the donor’s choice would be appreciated—and that, very fittingly, planting a tree would be a special gift.
Harold will be missed by us at Logging and Sawmilling Journal, and he will be remembered with great fondness.
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