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HAROLD JACOB BASS (published on March 20, 2010)

HAROLD JACOB BASS On March 7, 2010, surrounded by his family, Harold Bass died peacefully at the age of 90. He was born in Winnipeg, the youngest of eight children of Kalman and Sonia Bass (Steinberg). He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sylvia, son Ken, daughter and son-in-law Robyn and Neal Lerner, grandchildren Jordyn, Shea and Blake Lerner and extended family. After graduating from St. John's High School in 1936, Harold joined his father and brother Sam in the family business, the Derby Garage, to learn the automotive trade. In October 1941 he was inducted into the army, serving in the Royal Canadian Artillery as a Motor Mechanic. His father had died in late 1944 and, after the war, Harold partnered with his brother to run Bass Motors and Sporting Goods for many years. Harold had been an A student in high school and had always desired to continue his education, but family responsibilities and a World War had intervened. However, at the age of 47 he began a course in Welfare Services Technology at the Manitoba Vocational Centre (now Assiniboine Community College) in Brandon. Although this was a radical departure from the auto body business he adjusted quickly, graduating at the top of his class with the gold medal. He went to work for the Manitoba Department of Welfare as a Welfare Worker and, after seven years, was promoted to Deputy Director. Harold's retirement at the age of 66 allowed him to spend more time with his family and to maintain contact with old friends, one of whom, Jack Selver, he had met when they were eight. He also became more active with the Jewish War Veterans of Canada. A graveside service was held on Wednesday, March 10 at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Neal Lerner, Sid Lerner, David Davis, Jordyn Lerner, Shea Lerner and Blake Lerner. Honourary pallbearers were Saul Davis and Bunny Ringer. Our thanks to the staff at the Simkin Centre, where he spent the last several months. Contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

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