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- Harley McCurdy
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Harley Daniel McCurdy was bon on December 9th, 1921 to Joseph and Hannah (nee Pallister) McCurdy of R.R. #7, Woodstock, East Zorra Township. He attended Public School at S.S. No. 4 Tollgate Corners and Woodstock Collegiate Institute before being employed as a plumber’s helper by the Woodstock plumbing and electrical business known Harvey and Wilson.
On April 21st, 1942, Harley enlisted at the naval reserve in London, Ontario and was transferred to the H.M.C.S. Cornwallis in Halifax for basic training. He would later be assigned to the H.M.C.S. Mayflower where he took part in convoy duties on the north Atlantic and Great Britain coasts. On D-Day, he was involved in towing and sinking available Merchant Marine ships along the coats of Normandy so that large American battle ships could moor to them in support of the June 6th, 1944 landings. On October 19th, 1945 he was discharged.
Following his military career, Harley pursued his plumbing trade at Bickerton’s Plumbing, where he received his Master Plumbers Certificate. He operated his own Plumbing and Heating business for a period of time, before being employed by the Woodstock Public Utilities Commission and then finally the Oxford Regional Centre.
Harley McCurdy passed away on February 27th, 2012.
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