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Harold Geddes

In Memoriam

 
 
Harold Geddes Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 28, 2017
1. Harold Geddes Marker
Inscription.

Harold Geddes was a local landmark. Small in stature, he stood tall in this community.

Orphaned in the Halifax Explosion of 1917, he was adopted by Charles and Alice Geddes of Sackville.

On retirement from his job as a custodian at Mount Allison University, Harold became the community's volunteer caretaker. For more than 20 years he kept the town centre litter-free.

When work was done, he would sit at a local café, sipping hot tea and reading the daily papers. A keen, if crusty, observer of current events, he was seldom at a loss for a timely quip or comment.

Harold's devotion to civic tidiness earned him Sackville's Good Neighbour Award and, in 2000, the Mayor's Award for his 'pride, initiative, and interest in keeping Sackville neat and clean on a totally voluntary basis.'

Harold Geddes died on September 8, 2004. The streets of downtown Sackville will never seem quite the same. As one friend put it, 'He may not have had big feet, but he left awfully big shoes to fill.'


 
Location. 45° 53.873′ N, 64° 22.08′ W. Marker is in Sackville, New Brunswick, in Westmoreland County. Marker is at the intersection of Bridge Street (New Brunswick Route 106) and Main Street (New Brunswick Route 940), on the right when traveling
Harold Geddes Marker, Broom, and Shovel image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 28, 2017
2. Harold Geddes Marker, Broom, and Shovel
west on Bridge Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Bridge Street, Sackville, New Brunswick E4L 3N5, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Wood Block / L'Edifice Wood (a few steps from this marker); The Henderson Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Town Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Copp Block (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ford Block (within shouting distance of this marker); War Memorial (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) Ferret Armored Car (about 180 meters away); HMCS/NCSM Sackville (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sackville.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Idiosyncrasies of Memory: Marking the Life of Harold Geddes (Nurse, 2015). (Submitted on August 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Why remembering people like Harold Geddes is important… (2009 Blog entry). (Submitted on August 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Harold W. Geddes Memorial at Find A Grave. (Submitted on August 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Charity & Public Work
 
Harold Geddes Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 28, 2017
3. Harold Geddes Marker
To right of the corner doorway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 91 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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