Updated Monday August 26/2013 - Thank You From Harold -
Where do I begin? I can’t describe the overwhelming gratitude that Melanie, Mackenzie, Morgan and I are feeling after the amount of support you have all shown us. Don, Ralph, Paul, Ed M, Eddy S, Kyle, Steve and all the young lads at the ferry; thank you for organizing such a wonderful party. I can only imagine all the work you must have put in, in such a short time. Only a group of dedicated and caring lads like you could have put on a party like that for little old me.
Thanks to Eddie and Sara McCann and to all others who helped organize the silent auction and not to forget the businesses and people who donated to the auction. To the community, family, friends, co-workers past and present, ferry clientele, and all others I may have missed, thank you for your kind words of encouragement.
Thanks to everyone for all of the donations. Whether dropped off at the ferry, made online, sent in the mail, or made directly at the party, thank you just doesn’t cut it; we are forever in your debt.
These past weeks will stay with me forever, not as a reminder of a tragic event, but as a reminder that the community that I live in is truly blessed and has touched my heart and soul forever.
I must have done something right in the first 35 years of my life to have met and become friends with each and everyone of you, so all I can do now is live the rest of my life in the very same way.
THANK YOU TO ONE AND ALL,
Harold, Melanie, Mackenzie, and Morgan McKenny
A Tragic Day
In the blink of an eye, our lives can change forever. On Thursday July 11th, 2013, just before 11 am, Harold McKenny’s life changed in a way few of us can ever imagine.
Harold was part of a crew helping to move the new vessel from one bay to another. As the boat started to move, a guide rope became too tight. Instinctively, Harold did what anyone of us would have done in the same situation. He tried to loosen the rope.
No one could have ever imagined what happened next. The slack rope that laid behind him on the deck was sling shot forward with a force so strong, that it severed his right arm just below the elbow.
In a split second, Harold’s life was changed forever. He was rushed to the hospital with his life hanging by a thread. He was losing a lot of blood. He was then transferred to Montreal with the hope of reattachment, only to be told it was not possible. Next came a 10 hour surgery to repair what was left of his arm.
Life changes, but it doesn’t stop. Harold has gone home, where he is faced with the new challenges of life’s daily tasks. He will need to learn to write with his left hand, learn to button his pants a different way and learn to dress his children with one hand. The moment he walks in the door, his two young daughters will want attention from their Daddy. His wife will need her husband back to normal a short time after.
Many of you that are from the area know Harold as the great guy that he is, but a lot of you only know him as the slim, friendly guy that started your day off on the Ferry with a friendly “Thank you!” and a big smile.
As a result of his accident, Harold’s Quyon Ferry colleagues are throwing a benefit party in his honour on Friday August 23/2013, 8:00 pm (Quyon Lions Hall). Please, let's rally behind him and his family and show our support. If you’re not able to make it to the party, or if you would rather not wait, you can make donations today via credit card by clicking on the “Donate” button (top right) on this page.
It's unfortunately tragic accidents like these that make you count your blessings and anything you can give would be truly appreciated!
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Thanks to the following individuals and businesses for thier Silent Auction Donations
Advanced Air Quality, Inc
Arnprior Golf Club at Sand Point
Battlefield Equipment Rentals
Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum
CRS (Contractors Rental Supply)
Dave Mayer Construction
Dr. Jean Amyotte
Eagle Creek Golf Club
Ellard and Donna Kennedy
Epicure Vicky Leach
Eric Provost Welding
Gatineau Golf Club
Giant Tiger Shawville
Hillside Green Center
Jennifer Hennick - Scentsy
Kelly' Garden Center
The Little Tree House Daycare Kirk and Sara Richardson
Loch March Golf Club
Party Lite - Lynn Gibbons
Pontiac Appliance Care Adam Bernier
Pontiac Councillors Ines Pontiroli and Lynn Beaton
Ottawa Senators (Tim Murray)
Roger Larose Construction
Scentsy Andrea Hobbs
Shawville Shoe & Accessory Shop
T & B Campbell Detailing Services
Tabbys Hair Salon (Aveda)
Waterfront Revitalization Committee
Young's Appliance & Repair
Yvon Robert Vente et Service
If you would like to donate something for the silent auction please contact (Eddie or Sara McCann):
: 9 years
: 2 girls(5 & 3 yrs)
: Ferry (entire life)
About this website
The “Benefit Party for Capt. Harold McKenny” and this website have been created by Harold’s Quyon Ferry colleagues. For more information, please contact