FR Harry McCarroll


Harry McCarroll passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at the age of 84 years, beloved husband of Winnifred "Win" McCarroll for 64 years. He also leaves to cherish his memory two children, Betty Ann (Gordon) Pelchat of Olds and Rob (Bonnie) McCarroll of Vernon, B.C.; four grandchildren, Jeff, Karen, Cameron (Michelle) and their children Raydon, Kerri-Anna and Ryland; and Michael; one brother John (Edna) McCarroll of Manchester, England; two sisters, Lilly (George) Rosbotham and Anne Scott all of Belfast, North Ireland as well as numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Elizabeth and Henry McCarroll, two brothers, William and Thomas; four sisters, Rachel, Betty, Margaret and Agnes and brother-in-law Ken Scott. Harry was born on January 24, 1923 in Colraine in the County of Londonderry, NR. Ireland. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force in April 1940 and was sent to Padgate then to Winslow for training. Harry was posted to Ventnor on the Isle of Wight and served as a ground gunner - guarding the Air Ministry’s new experimented station, Radio Range which was the target of many aerial attacks. Harry arrived in Medicine Hat in November of 1941 and served at #34 SFTS (Service Flying Training School) as a Firefighter and Rescuer. He married Winnifred (Win) Osgood on September 17, 1943 in the Chapel at #34 SFTS. Harry then joined the Fire Department at the Suffield Experimental, later the name was changed to Defence Research Establishment Suffield (DRES) where he remained until his retirement. Harry and Win made many trips to England, Ireland and various places in Canada and the U.S.A. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and gardening. Harry played the Bagpipes with the Royal Canadian Legion Pipe Band, being a member of the Medicine Hat Royal Canadian Legion Branch #17. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with The Rev. Dr. David Carter officiating. Officers and members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Robertson Memorial Branch #17 will conduct a poppy service for their departed comrade. A private interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta Rm 124 Professional Building 430 6th Avenue SE, Medicine Hat T1A 2S8. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Harry McCarroll. Funeral Arrangements are by the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 540 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat T1A 4C2