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Richard George Harwood

HARWOOD, Richard George - Passed at the age of 68 on Jan. 16, 2018 at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto. Cause of death was complications from acute kidney failure. Rick was the ultimate "Car Guy". It was his lifelong passion. Rick was in his 28th year of teaching Auto Tech at Cedarbrae Collegiate in Toronto. Over the years he raced cars at various Southern Ontario stock car tracks. He rebuilt and restored numerous vintage cars mostly from the 50's and 60's. Occasionally he displayed cars at the Toronto Auto Show. His all time favourite was the 69 Chevelle. Rick was a great story teller who made a story come alive with vivid description and perhaps a little embellishment. He enjoyed teaching and although he could have retired many years ago, he carried on due to his love of passing on his car knowledge to new generations. Former students kept in touch with Rick for years after they graduated. Often times they would drop in at the high school auto shop for visits and a lunch time hamburger cooked outdoors by Rick. Rick is survived by his brother Dave (spouse Echo Karen), nephew Dennis (spouse Beah), his Aunt Kay and several cousins. Funeral arrangements are private.13245668
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A teacher, a mentor, a friend
Posted by Phil Ricci (Former student) On Monday, January 29, 2018
Forty years later, I still remember the life lessons that Rick Harwood taught us in his first year of teaching a Thompson C.I. While he was an incredible auto tech teacher, he taught us so much more. He taught us more about being decent people than any teacher I have ever known. Back then as I understand was still the case recently, students would rush to his classes and not want to leave when they were over. He was a teacher, a mentor and a friend. Thank you so much Rick.
Godspeed Rick
Posted by Scott Sturges (Fellow gearhead) On Thursday, January 25, 2018
I purchased Ricks El Camino a number of years back . He was a great guy with a great knowledge of anything to do with automotive.I enjoyed talking with him
With Sympathy
Posted by Kay Minter (collegue) On Wednesday, January 24, 2018
I have visited with Rick in the "car zone" every few months for years. He was a teacher who helped students feel that they were joining a club, not a class. There was laughter and banter as well as learning happening in the room and the students were always proud to show what they were working on. He was a big-hearted person who had a ongoing, positive influence on many lives. My sincere condolences to his family.
Best Auto Teacher Ever
Posted by Joshua Austen (Student 2006-2008) On Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Mr Harwood

Taught me in 2006 too 2008

Harwood was greatest Auto Teacher I have ever known

Harwood taught me a lot about cars that I did not even know

Myself Harwood was always big in cars especially his chevelle

And Harwood was a great mentor me and the kids

Mr Harwood you be truly missed Rest In Peace Mr Harwood

From your Former Student Josh Austen

Fond Memories & Great Mentor
Posted by Brian Connolly (Former Student 1982-1986) On Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Rick taught me from 1982-1986 at Agincourt Collegiate. I’m a mechanic because of his mentoring. Rick always spoke about his Mom being a teacher and how he loved helping kids achieve their goals. I spent many years at Rick’s house building his garage, building cars & racing at the track. A true memory was when we built the Lancer Mobile (74 Dodge Dart) and carried the cheerleaders around the football field. Rick was the life of school spirit! Rest In Peace Rick! Your friend always Brian Connolly

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