Harry Flemming remembered

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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TRURO - Danny Joseph is convinced his longtime friend Harry Flemming was watching over the hundreds of people who paid him tribute Sunday.
The 74-year-old journalism icon and noted columnist died last weekend in Halifax after battling cancer and pneumonia. An informal wake was held in his memory in Halifax at the Ashburn Golf Club Sunday afternoon.
"He was looking down ... it was a beautiful day and it was jovial. There were so many stories ... absolutely more laughter than tears. It was more than appropriate," chuckled Joseph, of Truro, a friend of Flemming's for about 40 years. "No doubt he ordered it."
Joseph estimated a few hundred people attended the wake, including "politicians of all stripes and people from all walks of life."
Photos, and caricatures, of Flemming surrounded the club, embracing his days from infancy to his final years. Stories abounded of his wit, love of scotch and cigars, his sharp tongue and his unmatched sports knowledge filled the gathering.
"If you had any question about sports, any kind, he always knew the answer. He was brilliant," recalled Joseph.
"The wake was a positive retrospective of his life and I'm sure he would have loved it."
Flemming graduated from Dalhousie University's law school, but never practiced. Instead, he launched a career in journalism. Among his countless achievements, he also became the Liberal candidate for Cumberland-Colchester North in the 1968 federal election at the age of 34.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Ashburn Golf Club, Dalhousie University

Geographic location: Halifax

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