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February 13, 1937 - July 1, 2023
Tragically, Harold Schmidt, a beloved father, grandfather and friend to many died suddenly in a car accident July 1, 2023. His wife Gwen who was with him also died. He was "living the dream" on his way to display his red convertible truck at the Sylvan Lake antique car show.
Harold was born February 13,1937 on a farm in Saskatchewan to Mary and Bill Schmidt. He was the youngest of 6 children. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Helen Schmidt, his oldest sister Evelyn Goller and his youngest sister Martha Renwick.
Harold moved to Red Deer when he was 14 and lived with his sister Evelyn and Andrew Goller until he married his first wife Helen, whom he met when he was 16. They lived in a tiny house in Sylvan Lake before moving to Red Deer.
His first job at age 14 was working in a grocery store. Soon after he moved to the parts department in a dealership and then took a mechanics course. He then moved on to selling cars. He helped many successful businessmen get a good start by helping them with the sale and delivery of a truck from Eastern Canada. Red Deer was his home and he never wanted to leave . Family was always his priority and he went out of his way to attend any family celebration. With a smile always on his face he loved to tell a joke or a funny story to anyone who would listen.
In his early years he had a plane and loved to go on little trips. He loved motorcycles and took many trips across Canada and the USA with his buddies.
On November 16, 1963 Harold and Helen gave birth to a son, Darcy Schmidt. Darcy introduced Harold to the world of motor-cross and from an early age the family spent many weekends on motor-cross excursions. When his grandsons Casey and Cody were born he shifted his attention to the grandsons. After 61 years of marriage on October 14, 2016, his wife Helen passed away. The following year Harold was introduced to his future wife, Gwen Grobe.
Harold loved to drive. It didn't matter if it was a motorcycle, a car, a motor home or a big transport truck. He was always on the move somewhere to see someone or to deliver something. He drove many a transport truck across Canada and the USA. He loved to work and died doing what he loved to do - driving somewhere. He will be sadly missed by his son Darcy (Karen), his grandsons Casey and Cody, his siblings, Lillian Willems, Betty Lengyel and Bill Schmidt, many nieces and nephews and many friends.
The funeral is July 28th at 11 am at the Parkland Funeral Chapel in Red Deer. A private interment at the cemetery is for immediate family only. No flowers please.

Service Details

Celebration of Life
Friday, July 28, 2023
11:00 AM
6287 67a St, Red Deer