In Memory of

Harvey

Darr

Obituary for Harvey Darr

Harvey Darr of Medicine Hat, passed away on Sunday, September 17th, 2023 at the age of 90 years. Harvey was the third of six children born to Rudolph and Paulina Darr on their farm at Buffalo Head, Saskatchewan (near Hilda, Alberta). It was a difficult life, like many of that era. The family lived in a one-room sod hut with no running water. Winters were long, hard and cold; the work was backbreaking, and there was little relief, even for the smallest children. Harvey grew up working outside alongside his older brother Milton, and became an exceptional horseman, devoted to his animals and always seeking the next adventure he could enjoy with his four legged partners. Harvey loved animals in general and had many beloved dogs and cats along with the horses that he often raised from babies. He also enjoyed woodworking and making decorative pieces depicting cowboy and western scenes and had a lengthy list of jobs over the years, from general labourer to truck driver to road builder. But his constant was the horses that brought him joy and purpose. It was a hard day when he had to say goodbye to his last long-eared friend, Pepper, with whom he’d ridden many miles.
Harvey leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Joyce; children, Larry (Debbie) Darr, Wayne (Denise) Darr and Bev Poole; grandchildren, Donavan (Wendy), Shaun (Jollene), Candice (Kevin), Anthony (Kyla), Aaron and Kendra (Sheldon); great grandchildren, Skyler, Dannielle, Daxten, Nolan, Kaiden, Carter, Brittany, Brianna, Spencer, Addy, Ayden, Tiger, Jayden, Shya and Tyrec; seven great-great grandchildren; special niece, Laureen Darr; special nephew, Allan Beierbach; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Harvey was predeceased by his parents, Rudolph and Paulina Darr; former wives, Betty (nee Hugo) Darr and Clara (nee Stock) Thompson; son, Wayde Darr; daughter, Karron Darr; grandson, Correy Poole; sister, Violet Beierbach; brothers, Milton Darr, Raymond Darr, Laverne Darr and Dave Darr.
Harvey’s laughter, keen wit, and conflicted but tender heart will be missed by all who loved him. Rest in peace, dear Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, Uncle & Friend. You are the last of the “kids” to leave us. We will not forget you.
The Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 2:00 -5:00 pm at South Country Village, (Haven of Rest), 1720 Bell St SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 5G1 in the Heritage Room. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Harvey Darr.