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Harry Wells

Harry Rife Wells

Friday, February 4th, 1944 - Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
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Wells; Harry Rife - Aged 75, of Darlington Heights, Virginia died on August 6, 2019 in Greater Napanee, Ontario, Canada. He is survived by his three children, Alex, John, and Emily Wells; his sister, Deborah Robinson (George); his nephew, George Robinson III (Margaret), and niece, Margot Green; he is also survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Tina Wells.

Harry was born on February 4, 1944, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, to Harry R. Wells, Sr. and Olga Cushing Leary, Jr. He attended Middlesex School before pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Cornell University and joining the Acacia social fraternity. Although he entered as an engineering student, Harry ultimately found success in the horticulture program. He went on to purchase land in Virginia and open Nonesuch Nursery in Pamplin, providing trees for the Seattle World’s Fair and winning prizes throughout the mid-Atlantic for his nursery work. Shortly after moving he met and married Tina; together they had three children.

After operating the nursery for 20 years Harry retired. In 1991 the family moved to a farm known as Cork in Darlington Heights and transitioned to raising Hereford cattle. Following his second retirement, his lifelong passion for collecting oriental rugs developed into a small business. Harry traded rugs with friends all over Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. In his later years he divided his time equally between Ontario and Virginia, making many dear friends. He was known by all for his exuberant personality, eccentric ideas, and enthusiastic enjoyment of life. He passed away near Glen Island, his beloved vacation home since childhood.

Friends and family are invited to attend a party in his honor on Sunday, August 18, from 3-5pm at 2876 Bloomfield Road, Cullen, VA. A celebratory gathering will also be held on Monday, September 2, from 3-5pm at 42 Youngs Point Road, Greater Napanee, ON. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Nature Conservancy ( or the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance ( On-line condolences at
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 18th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, August 18th, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    2876 Bloomfield Road, Cullen, Virginia
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  • Celebratory Gathering

    Monday, September 2nd, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Monday, September 2nd, 2019 3:00pm
    42 Youngs Point Road, Greater Napanee, Ontario
    Address Not Available


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Susan Crevier

Posted at 05:40pm
Harry, you will be so missed, we have known you for 15plus years and have shared jokes, wisdom, conversations about everything and nothing. You will be remembered for many things, the auctions we went to, yard sales, your hats, legs, never wearing shoes, your love of many things. To his family, please accept our condolences on the passing of Harry, please know he was well loved by us, and he will not be forgotten. Gaëtan and Susan

Frank Maybury

Posted at 03:31pm
Sorry for your loss. It was just the other day we were at his yard sale , Lots of laughs as usual . He will be missed Frank and Carolyn Maybury. 32 Quinte View road

Janice Kwan

Posted at 08:56pm
We are very sorry for the loss of you dad Harry. Even though we only knew harry for a year and a half. We were one of his Napanee friends. Harry lived beside us on the piece of land he had access to. To go over to Glen Island. Holly Molly he like to talk and talk and talk about the trees, well about anything. He was very interesting to say the least. I liked the way he laughed. He loved that island. If i had my way ,i would rename it Harry's Island. You will be missed Harry. I hope you are finally at peace, you deserve it. :) Janice and Terry (fur babies ) Matty and Gracie.

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