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Harold George Piper

April 26, 1926 ~ October 13, 2018 (age 92)

            Harold G. Piper passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 13, 2018 while in the loving care of his three children:  son, Stephen (Debra) and daughters, Nancy Piper and Penny (Steve) Piper-Griffith. Hal was born in Cranbrook, BC on April 26, 1926 to Harold (senior) and Mary Piper. Harold and his parents along with older brother, Richard and younger brother, Ronald later moved to the United States. Hal graduated from North Central High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Army in August of 1944. He served in the Pacific theater during World War II and was honorably discharged in July of 1946.

            He was married to the love of his life, Orvilla (Dee Dee) L. Cranford on July 26, 1947 in Kootenai county, Idaho. They were married for 36 years until Dee Dee's untimely passing in 1983. Harold worked for the Spokane City Water Department as a foreman until his retirement. He was then self-employed as Piper's Leak Detection and Repair for many years.

            Hal was an avid hockey player his entire life and continued playing until the age of 80. During his tenure as a hockey player, he suffered a broken nose and the loss of many (most?) of his teeth.

             Our father will be deeply missed. His life was an example that cannot be duplicated, only aspired to. This was a man who never swore and never took the Lord's name in vain. He was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was extremely generous with his labor, his time and his heart. He leaves a painful void that can never be filled.

            He is survived by his younger brother, Ronald, three children, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. A funeral service for Harold will be held at the Holy Cross Chapel on October 27, 2018 at 12:00 noon.

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