In Memory of

Harold

Bunnett

Obituary for Harold Bunnett

Harold James Bunnett August 29, 1941 – January 25, 2024 

‘Hey, well, alright sir – Here go there and what are ya’ gonna give for ‘em’ 

The strong, hearty voice of an outstanding auctioneer and interesting man has been stilled.  

The family of Harold James Bunnett is saddened to announce his death, following a short battle with cancer, bravely borne, early in the morning of Thursday, January 25, 2024, with his wife of almost 55 years, Anne (Culhane) by his side. Left to grieve deeply are his son Allan Bunnett (Tracey), daughter Tricia Bunnett (Rob Philpott), and his beloved sister, Donna O’Grady (Bob) of Arnprior, ON. As well, Harold leaves behind his delightful seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren who loved their Grandpa, with his jokes, his keyboard playing, singing and watching him snooze in his big chair after family dinners. Harold will also be missed by members of the Bunnett, Haggerty, Culhane and Lucas families. Predeceased by his dearly loved children Shelley Hill (Joe), David Bunnett, his parents Cameron and Vera Bunnett, and his first wife, Marlene Haggerty (1968).  

Born on the outskirts of Belleville, Harold later moved with family, to the grand house and auction barn on Highway #2, where his parents ran Bunnetts’ Auction Services for over 30 years. Following in his father’s footsteps starting at the age of 18, Harold quickly became known as one of the finest auctioneers in the county. Harold then went on to work at various positions in the area before finishing his career with More-co Transportation, retiring in 2000. For many years after his retirement, while using his amazing carpentry talents, Harold delighted in creating home improvement projects for friends and family. This resulted in uniquely-styled decks, fences and rooms and also included restoring a beautiful old East End home. He loved to tell the story of the time he was asked to put a hot tub on a kitchen roof, raising eyebrows at City Hall as he talked them into giving him the necessary permits. Before the death of his buddy and retired teacher Tim Buckley, Harold was happy to have Tim’s helping hand in his work.  

A true Renaissance man, being proficient in a wide range of fields, Harold delighted in creating many beautiful stained-glass pieces, even to the extent of installing a huge window in the library at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, depicting Jesus with the children around him. Harold would love to tinker and fix anything mechanical, including his latest ‘love’, his new-old truck of which he was very proud. His love of animals, particularly horses and dogs, enriched his life. He was blessed with the presence of Sammy, Murphy, the precocious Georgia, and the lovely rescue, Rosie. In his earlier years, Harold enjoyed competing in chariot races, country fairs, and calling horse races, mainly at the Picton Fair. Always willing to help others, he called many charity auctions the highlights of which were his auctions at Brock University for Children's Wish Foundation and St. Michael's Church 175th anniversary gala. 

Over the years, Harold played and coached hockey, hunted with his dear long-time friends at Mount Eagle Hunting Camp, fished the Bay of Quinte and participated in many competitions here and around the province. In his later years, he took up golf, which he enjoyed immensely, becoming a regular fixture at the Bay of Quinte Golf Course. Harold especially appreciated the comradery of his golf friends over the years. This past summer, Harold was thrilled to win the Mills Cup and winner of the Muir Tour, to the extent of refusing to move it from the kitchen cupboard when it was time for the holiday decorations.  

In all of his many activities, the friendships he garnered were extremely important to him. We’d love to name names, but you all know who you are.  

While often seen as stoical, Harold had a deep love for his family and delighted in telling others of their accomplishments. He was a gifted storyteller, with impeccable timing, keeping his audience enthralled. Thank goodness, he was an excellent cook, producing hundreds of holiday meals, delicious pies, and gravy that will never be duplicated. How thrilled the grandchildren were every time Grandpa Harold brought his famous Crispy Crunch chocolate pie! 

Special thanks go to Gerry and Pat Bibby for their constant friendship and support over the years and especially during Harold’s illness, close friends and neighbours, Father Richard Whalen, the amazing, compassionate staff at Quinte Health emergency and palliative care units, the paramedics for their care and attention, and the staff of Steele Funeral Home, especially Rick Steele.  

A visitation will be held at Steele Funeral Home, 30 Moira St. W, Belleville, on Friday, February 2, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the church of St. Michael the Archangel, 296 Church St., Belleville, on Saturday, February 3, 12:00 noon. Reception to follow (location to be announced).

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Dr. Douglas A. MacIntosh Cancer Clinic (https://quintehealth.ca/donate/) in Harold’s name.  

Rest easy. You will always be loved and missed.