Harper John Pettypiece
A Full Life
Forest Free Press building
My grandfather's newspaper company was located in this two-story building in Forest, Ontario.
Pettypiece home, winter 1960
This picture was taken before my dad was born!
My grand-father and grand-mother
Canatera Park, Sarnia, Ontario. Early 90s.
Harper and Joan had seven children (my father, Carl, was their last). Much of their middle years were spent in southwestern Ontario. He was diagnosed with emphysema which is a kind of lung disease. It was most likely caused by breathing in harmful chemicals as a newspaper printer as well as by smoking cigarettes. The doctors told him he had a month to live--he quit smoking and lived another 25 years! During that time he and his family moved to and lived in Iceland for several years, then England for several more, and finally he and Joan returned to Canada where they retired. During that time he earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Western Ontario in Music, graduating at the age of 75! Harper passed away in his home the morning of 14 December 2002. His wife Joan passed away only five months after, and both are buried side-by-side in London, Ontario.