Harold Leon Myers
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Harold Leon Myers, surrounded by those that he loved on Thursday, September 28th 2017 in Mississauga just 1 week short of his 82nd birthday. After being diagnosed on August 15th, 2017 with an aggressive form of Multiple Myeloma, Harold valiantly fought for his life for 6 short weeks.
Harold was the beloved father of Alexandra D’Cunha (Scott) and Katrina Myers (Jacinth Hoilett). Proud Grandpa of Atticus, Troy and Angelika. Harold will be missed by his brother Robert and sister in-law Janet of Nanaimo, and by his dear friends Naheed, Mike and countless others. Harold is reunited with his late wife Angelika (1998).
Harold was born in Vineland, Ontario to Leon Myers and Mildred Daniels. Harold’s childhood years were spent roaming freely on his parents’ fruit farm in Beamsville. It was on the farm that he developed his appetite for fresh fruit and vegetables, even to the end he made weekly trips to the local Farmers’ Market! When he was 9 years old, he welcomed a younger brother, Robert. Growing up on the farm he learnt how hard you had to work to make a dime and how in the end Mother Nature always had the upper hand – shocking he decided to pursue a livelihood in the golf industry!
Harold led an epic life - he had an entrepreneurial spirit and left an extraordinary legacy in the golf industry both as a developer and an innovator. He graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic University with a degree in Technical Design. In 1966 Harold established Fairways Irrigation Limited and started installing irrigation pipe and sprinklers to golf courses and large parks, such as Ontario Place and the Queen Street Hospital. To this day, over 100 golf courses in Ontario are still using his original network of irrigation. His company thrived but at a great physical expense –the success of Fairways Irrigation Limited depended on the strength of his back and having worked on so many golf courses as an irrigation technician, Harold became quite familiar with the golf course industry. Harold realized he had a future there– it combined three aspects of his life that were integral to him: owning acres of land, designing a technically sound business on the land, and being part of sports and rec.
In 1971, Harold bought 100 acres of land just outside of Port Dover and, together with his wife, Angelika, established Nanticoke Golf and Country Club (now Greens of Renton). Harold & Angelika operated Nanticoke for 15 years. Focusing their sights on a new venture, they moved into the GTA and Oakville Executive Golf Course was constructed over 2 years and opened in 1986 as a Par 61 executive style, public golf course. The golfing public didn’t quite know what to make of the “executive golf” concept – that’s all changed now and Oakville Executive has steady regulars looking for a great short game of golf. In 2000, Oakville Executive expanded from an 18-hole executive course to Angel’s View, a regulation 9-hole course, and Mystic Ridge, a redesigned 18-hole executive course. Harold was devoted to the success of Oakville Executive and even until this summer continued to pursue new projects and work a few shifts a week, engaging with customers and mentoring staff.
His daughters joined him at Oakville Executive and together they worked alongside each other and shared the common goal of providing great golf to the public golfer. He loved to boast that he had his bases covered with the best executive team in town – with a lawyer (Katrina) and an MBA grad (Alexandra) working by his side. He was a proud father and grandfather and took great pleasure in his family’s personal and professional happiness.
Harold was an avid traveler. One fateful winter he decided to embark on a ski trip of a lifetime to Austria over the holidays. On New Years Eve, celebrating in Kitzbuhl, he met Angelika – a strawberry-blonde from Munich – and after a whirlwind long distance courtship, they married in 1972. They welcomed their two daughters, Alexandra and Katrina, shortly thereafter. Working together, Harold & Angelika met success but it was bittersweet. In 1998, Harold lost his wife and soulmate of 26 years to breast cancer. He was fortunate to meet Naheed and they enjoyed their time together traveling and golfing.
The past few decades of Harold’s life provided him with the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of his labour and pursue his passions. Harold was an avid golfer and traveled around the world playing iconic golf courses, he was also an avid sports fan and loved football and baseball and got a kick out of watching Jays games with his grandkids.
Harold was a kind, humble, generous, gentleman. He always had a smile on his face and loved to engage with people from all walks of life. Faced with many challenges over his lifetime, Harold’s glass was always half full. He was the epitome of an optimist. Harold met roadblocks face-on and with hard work, perseverance and grace he achieved his goals. Harold loved his life and didn’t take one moment for granted. He had already planned a full travel itinerary for this Winter which included trips to the British Isles, South America and Florida.
Special thanks to the Dr. Adesanya and the nurses of the Oncology unit at Trillium Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, Harold’s wish is that you visit your local Farmers Market and seek out the best Bartlett Pears to share with your family.
Please feel free to forward this notice to family and friends, for their information and contribution. Friends will be received at Oakview Funeral Home 56 Lakeshore Rd. W. Oakville (1 block east of Kerr St) on Tuesday October 3rd at 3:30pm with a service beginning at 4pm in the chapel.