Harry Steele 1929-2022 – Rest in Peace

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Gale Force Wins pays tribute to one of Canada’s greatest business icons who passed away on Friday January 28th, 2022. This video contains select clips from an event in Gander in 2004 celebrating Harry and his wife Catherine’s 50th wedding anniversary and Harry’s 75th birthday. The first clip is a tribute to Harry from his great friend and Canadian business icon Craig Dobbin followed by a short clip of Harry himself. Clips are from the archives of Gerry Carew.

Gale Force Wins was founded to inspire Canadians to be more like Harry Steele. We did not get a chance to sit with him in a formal Gale Force Wins interview before he got sick. Gerry did however get the opportunity almost 20 years ago to record a wonderful tribute to Harry by his great friend Craig Dobbin and a few remarks from Harry himself. The full video is a record of Harry and Catherine’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration and is for the families private use only. In reflecting on this event Gerry says it was an incredible experience to be hired to record such an important event in the lives of this iconic family. About two months after the event Gerry received a call from Harry himself. Harry recounted in great detail how he had his eye on Gerry and was impressed with the way he was “carrying” himself that day with his camera around the crowd. He went on to say that he and his wife were overjoyed with the final result and he thanked Gerry for his “excellent effort”. The fact that a man running one of the largest companies in Canada would take the time out of his busy day to say thank you is a testament to the kind of person he was. We expect there are countless stories like this that can be told. Please feel free to share them on our Youtube channel under this video we all need this type of inspiration!

When we feature business people we are in awe of what they are accomplishing. It is a herculean task to build one business, it’s astonishing that Harry Steele built hundreds!

To the Steele family we offer our sincere condolences. We are grieving with you at the loss of a person who has given so much to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and to the country of Canada.

To quote Allan Dale from our Gale Force Interviews “The world needs more Harry Steele!”


Allan and Gerry

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