A well known printer in Sudbury, Herbert ?Bert? Haring, 83, died at his Manitoulin Island home Friday.
He was honoured just a few months ago with the Queen?s Golden Jubilee Medal. The medal, which is awarded to Canadians who have made significant contributions to their community/or to Canada, was presented to Haring by James K. Bartleman, the lieutenant-governor of Ontario.
A long-time boating enthusiast, Haring was nominated for the award by the Royal Lifesaving Society of Canada, a charitable organization dedicated to the prevention of drowning and aquatic accidents.
Born in Germany, Haring emigrated to Canada in 1953. Haring found work in the printing business in Sudbury, most notably with Acme Printing, the couple raised their two sons here. One of a trio of local businessmen to purchase Journal Printing in 1969, Haring effectively ran the operation until his retirement in 2002.
Under his stewardship, the company grew from a modest operation with only eight employees to one of the largest, most complete printing services in Northern Ontario.
Haring and his wife purchased a house in Kagawong on Manitoulin Island in the 1970s, and he commuted to work on a daily basis. The couple enjoyed travelling together, especially in their RV. Their last trip, was to Alaska.
Myrtle Reed, an employee of Journal Printing for almost 25 years, remembers Haring as a ?wonderful boss.?
Predeceased in 2002 by his wife Magda, Haring leaves behind son. Klaus, and his wife Nora of Sudbury, John and his wife, Brenda, of Calgary, as well as grandchildren Monika, Marla, Michael and Tracy, and great granddaughter Meghan.