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   Obituary - Henry (Hal) Oliver


Henry (Hal) Oliver

House: Grigg
Years: 1944

On 2nd April 2020, Webmaster received an e-mail from Nora Oliver (Hal's wife):

Hi Steve
Just to let you know that Henry Oliver passed away suddenly at his home in Guelph, Ontario, Canada on April 1st, 2020.

I know he was one of the old Kenya school boys.


Nora Oliver

A subsequent e-mail to the Webmaster from Nora gave a little more detail about Hal's life:

You asked me to give you some words on Hals' life, particularly in Kenya.  I am afraid I don't know much about that period of his life, but know he travelled around a lot as a child as his father was an engineer, worked in many countries in the Middle East as well as England.

I met Hal in London while he was having a break from his job in Iran. We worked for the same company, myself having been lured across the pond by a very good friend I had met in Toronto.  Hal and I were married after a short courtship by Air Mail letters from Iran to Toronto. We married in Tehran in 1968, had two children there Suzanne and David, then (Hal and children) emmigrated to Canada.  We lived in Ontario, Alberta, then moved to the U.S. to Massachusetts, Alaska, Colorado, finally back to Canada to Guelph, Ontario.  We had been married 52 years in March when Hal died.  A son Brett from his first marriage lives in Edmonton, Alberta. 

When I say I don't know a lot about Hals' early days, perhaps it is because I did not listen to his stories?  Typical of a wife?

The following was Hal's entry in the Alumni section of this web site prior to his death:

House: Grigg
Year: 1944
In 1945 I was sent to the UK to school. Since that time I have become an engineer and have during my working life been to over 30 different countries. I have been in North America since 1972 working in the oil and gas industry. Since 1994 I have had my own consulting company working mainly for financial institutions as an independent technical consultant.

I now live in Ontario, Canada and still undertake work around the world.

(Registered - 14th October 2003)