Jim Harrold Death and Obituary: Grief has been felt throughout the Municipality of Grey Highlands following the passing of a community-minded resident. The 27th of July, 2022 was the day Jim Harrold passed away. Harrold served as a councillor and then as the Reeve of Artemesia Township during his career (which joined with the Town of Markdale and the Townships of Euphrasia and Osprey to form Grey Highlands in 2001).
He was a member of the Grey County Council and later became the chair of the Grey Highlands Library Board after serving in both of those capacities. In addition to this, Harrold served on the boards of several regional hospitals as well as the board of the South East Grey Community Health Centre.
On August 3, just before the regular meeting of the Grey Highlands council, an emotional councillor named Paul Allen broke the news that Harrold had passed away. Allen stated, “Jim was willing to share his expertise with others.” “Everything he did was with the intention of making his neighborhood a better place. You should be able to detect by the tone of my speech that he was also a good buddy.
Harrold had a wealth of expertise in a variety of fields, including business, education, and municipal administration, in addition to his community work in the capacity of a local government official.
During the past four years, Harrold has held the positions of academic and campus director at the Georgian College Owen Sound Campus, city manager of Owen Sound, president and chief executive officer of Weeneebayko General Hospital in Moose Factory, interim chief executive officer of Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre, and director of planning and development at Four Arrows Regional Health Authority in Winnipeg. In addition, he has worked as director of planning and development at Four Arrows Regional Health Authority in Winnipeg.
“Jim was a pioneering thinker. “He had great insight on a lot of different things,” said Mayor Paul McQueen. “He had great insight on a lot of different things.” “Jim’s post stamp on Grey Highlands featured a prominent image of the library. The legacy he left behind endures. We shall miss having him around.
CAO Karen Govan announced that the municipal flags would be flown at half-mast in honor of the contributions that Harrold had made to the community. “When I first started working as the director of finance in Grey Highlands, Jim was one of the first residents of the community that I met,” said Govan. “Throughout his entire life, he was both a teacher and a student.
He urged me to keep going with my schooling and supported me in doing so. Harrold is survived by his wife Mary Claire, his son Matthew, his daughter-in-law Megan, and his grandson Many, in addition to other relatives and friends. On August 27, from one to four o’clock in the afternoon, a memorial service will be conducted at the Harrold Family Farm, which is located close to Flesherton.