Harold CHAMBERS

CHAMBERS, Harold Spencer 1915-2005 Harold Spencer passed away peacefully at Drumheller Long Term Care on October 7, 2005. Harold was born February 10, 1915 in Drumheller to parents Spencer and Frances Chambers. Harold grew up on the farm in the Rainbow area the eldest of 5 children: Eleanor, Gordon, Gladys, and Ken. Harold attended Cotter School, after which he purchased the Len Ewing 1/2 section and began his farming career in the early ‘40’s. In 1945, Harold married the love of his life, Gertrude Steward. They then continued to increase their land holdings and started their Black Angus cattle herd. Through 1946-1966, Harold owned and managed the Burn Brite Coal Company. Community was very important to Harold and he was involved in many community initiatives. He was councillor for the MD of Starland from 1954-1960. Harold also plowed snow for the MD, opening Hi-Way 9 from Morrin to Delia with his cat in 1952. Harold used his cat to dig dams, dugouts and for well-site reclamation. He was president of the Rainbow Mutual Telephone Company in 1946, which was later taken over by AGT. Harold was very innovative, bringing in 32-Volt electricity and running water when that was unheard of in our area. His children being important to him, Harold was president of the home and school committee in Delia. He was very involved in the Baptist Church, singing in the choir for many years. He also had hobbies in crystal radio sets and model aircraft. In 1963, he and 9 others founded the Big Country Antique Museum Company, which established the Homestead Antique Museum that opened to the public 1965. This became Harold’s greatest passion and he devoted countless hours working down at the museum site. Harold is predeceased by his mother, Frances, his father, Spencer, and his sister, Gladys. He leaves to mourn his wife of 60 years, Gertie, and their four children: Marilyn Wattenbarger (Louis), Carolyn Mammel (Don), Melvin Chambers (Sandy), and Diane Thomas (Ron). Also his loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Harold is also survived by his brothers Gordon Chambers (Eva), Ken Chambers (Phyllis), and sister, Eleanor Gaschnitz. The family would like to thank Dr. Lyle and the staff at the Drumheller long term care for their years of care and support. Special thanks to Sophie Savrtka for the time she spent with Harold and her support to the family. Special thanks also to Eleanor Gaschnitz for all the time she spent with him. Funeral Service will be held October 12, 2005 at 2:00 at the Fellowship Baptist Church, Drumheller, Alberta with Reverend Harold Hunter officiating. A private family Interment was held in the Delia Cemetery prior to the service. A time of fellowship will be held in the Baptist Church Hall, immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Homestead Museum Society, Box 3154, Drumheller, Alberta TOJ 0Y0. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements. 403-823-2666


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