Mr. Harold Mickelson

Mr. Harold Jack Mickelson

Wednesday, April 9th, 1947 - Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
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Mr. Harold Jack Mickelson, age 72 years, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, with his wife Gail by his side.

Harold was born April 9, 1947 in Port Arthur, and was a lifelong resident of Thunder Bay. An excellent student throughout public and high schools, and a terrific athlete, he went on to earn an Honours Degree in History and Teachers' College at Lakehead University. Harold taught at Selkirk and Churchill High Schools for 34 years. His love of football drew him into coaching with his pals Gerry Carlson and Ron McDonald. The Churchill Junior Football Team was so successful year after year that they were honoured with several awards.

Summers were a busy time for Harold, building with his grandfather; enjoying fishing and sailing the Great Lakes with Uncle J.D. Eventually he built on to his beautiful camp at Hawk Island on Dog Lake, adding to the original small camp that he and his grandfather had built years before – bringing all of the lumber, hammers, nails and saws across to the island by boat.

Harold was really a popular fellow. His unique sense of humour was so funny and charming, that throughout his life he made many new friends. He loved the fall, and hunting partridge with Gail. He and 8 other friends built a hunting cabin way up the Dog River, and enjoyed many years in the fall hunting and fishing.

Harold married his best friend Gail in 1996, and was a terrific supportive partner and “father” to Gail's 2 children, Scott and Erin; and a super Grandpa to Karin and Scott's son, Reid. Harold and Gail enjoyed travelling together over the years. After retirement, Harold and Gail moved to his grandparent's farm at Lappe, and have lived there until this day. He was a voracious reader and a keen gardener. He and Gail took great pride in their large crops and gave most of it away.

Predeceased by his grandparents, the Korte's; his parents, Enni and Toivo; brother Robert; Robert's son Brent; and Uncle Norman Flavell.

Harold is survived by his wife Gail and her children Scott (Karin and son Reid), and Erin Sargent; nephew Kyle Mickelson; his aunt Elna; and cousins Donna and family, and David.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 1:00 pm in St. Paul's United Church, Waverley Street, with Rev. Rob Smith officiating. Services complete in the church with private interment in Lappe Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to “Our Hearts at Home Campaign” or a charity of your choice.

Thanks to the Lappe Fire Department for their quick response and to the Emergency staff at TBRHSC.


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  • Service

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 1:00pm
    St. Paul's United Church
    Waverley Street, at the bottom of Waverley Hill across from Port Arthur Collegiate, one block west of the Everest Waverley Chapel.
  • Interment

    Lappe Cemetery
    Dawson Road to Dog Lake Road, 1 km past 5th Concession (Lappe Store) on Right side.
    Private Family Graveside Services.
  • Reception

    Church Hall


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Brian Walters

Posted at 04:26pm
Gail & Family,
We were sorry to learn that Harold passed away so suddenly. All of us who hunted or
fished with him have fond memories of those days and we will never forget them.

Brian Walters & Barbara Schmidt

Mary Potts

Posted at 03:17pm
Mr Mickelson was one of the best teachers I had during my years at Churchill high school (1991-1995). I remember him as kind and funny. I was so very sorry to hear about his passing.

Please know he was thought about even all these years later. My deep condolences

Mary Potts

sandra josephson

Posted at 02:20pm
Dear Gail and family
Our deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of Harold. Little did we know a month ago that life would throw a curve ball. May he rest in peace! Sandra and Elving Josephson

Brian Tees

Posted at 08:19pm
It's been fifty years since we all graduated from Lakehead. Many fond memories with Harold come to mind; crazy feuds on the squash courts, saunas at Harold's home or family camp and great University club dinner dances. Never a dull moment!
Rest in peace Harold....And Gail, cherish your memories and take care.
Brian and Margie Tees

Carrie Macdonald

Posted at 07:10pm
Dear Gail and Family,
I am so very sorry to hear of Harold's passing. He was one of my Dad's best friends and we loved him. Over these last few days, Jamie, Angie, Joey and I have been reminiscing about our favourite Harold stories. He would often come over to our house after a football game so he, Dad and Gerry could discuss future strategy . . . eat pizza and drink beer. Harold always made the effort to talk us - he wanted to know how we were going in school and in our sporting teams. He is one of the funniest people I have known - so many great memories. I still remember coming out to your camp as a kid and Harold making us sausages over the sauna fire:). Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts. Sending lots of love from Australia. Love Carrie Macdonald (Ron's daughter) XOXO

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