Spr Albert Joseph Harold “Hal” Jones-Delcorde (Ret’d)
We regret to advise of the death of Sapper Albert Joseph Harold “Hal” Jones-Delcorde (Ret’d) on 9 January 2017 in Ottawa, ON at age 93 years.
A native of Ottawa, ON, Harold worked at Ottawa Car & Aircraft as an aircraft assembler for 1½ years after high school. While working days, he attended night school to take a three-year course in architectural and mechanical draughting. In April 1942 he was working at the National Drug & Chemical Company in Ottawa when he joined the Governor General's Foot Guard. Within a week he enlisted and was enrolled in the Royal Canadian Engineers for active wartime duty as a Draughtsman.
Harold completed his basic training at A6 Canadian Engineer Training Centre (CETC) in Dundurn, SK followed by training as a Fitter at A5 CETC in Petawawa, ON. He embarked for the United Kingdom In February 1943 and was with the 86th Bridge Company of the 2nd Division when they landed at Cannes, France. The Company supported the Allied advance through France to Nijmegen, Holland and from there into Germany itself. Harold received France's Chevalier dans l'Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur in November 2015 in recognition of his participation in the Battle of France.
Returning to Ottawa after the war he returned to civil life in January 1946 and started a lengthy career in the Government of Canada, working with Parks Canada and Fisheries and Oceans for approximately 27 years.
Visitation will be held at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Rd (at Bayshore Drive), in Ottawa on Friday, 13 January 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, 14 January 2017 at 1 p.m. A private interment will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Condolences, donations and tributes may be made through the funeral home.