Mr. Harold R. Blackmon passed away peacefully at home in Merritt on November 30th, 2016 at the age of 87. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Esther Blackmon, and their children Cynthia (Bill) of Grande Prairie, AB, Raymond (Elaine) of Merritt, BC, Marcia (Roger) of Lone Butte, AB, Shane of Langley, BC, and Lisa (Burman) of Lower Nicola, BC, as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other extended family. A funeral service was held on Monday, December 5th, 2016 at the Nicola Valley Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Gary Thuveson officiating. Interment followed at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Merritt.
We honour our father, a lover of life.
For he loved his family, and adored his loving wife.
He taught all his children and grandchildren too,
the importance of honesty, integrity and truth.
I recall him saying, as he slowly aged,
You know, life’s like a book, it unravels per page.
And he loved reading books, like science and history
And sometimes enjoyed an outlandish mystery.
But the ethics of business was high on his scale,
Do right unto others and you’ll never fail,
think harder, work smarter, and don’t you forget it,
Spend more time with family so you don’t regret it.
It’s been many times that I’ve heard him say
It’s now time to quit Son, let’s call it a day.
For if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.
Just look at yourself in the mirror every night
And ask yourself, “Was it a job well done?”
If your answer was “yes”, I’m proud of you, Son.
And also important, the kindness you show
To all those around you, for God always knows.
So teach to your children what I’ve taught to you
And use these words often: “I Love You”.
Ray Blackmon – Mr. Harold R. BLACKMON
Online condolences may be made at www.merrittfuneralchapel.com