In Memoriam – Harry Summerton (1927 – 2021)

29 Jan 2022


It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing on December 11, 2021, of Section Canada Region 2 member Harry Summerton at the age of 94. Harry was an integral and hard-working member of IPA Canada since he joined the organization in 1976.

Harry took on many roles for the administration of IPA Canada; but the one he is renowned throughout the IPA world for is IPA Canada’s National Travel Secretary, a position he held from 1986 to 2019. Harry helped hundreds if not thousands of members from IPA sections set up their visit to Canada, as well as introducing IPA Canada members to foreign IPA travel. Harry loved to chat with people and learn about them and their country.

Other posts held by Harry; National Vice President Central Region 1989 – 2001, Acting National Secretary General 1992 – 1994, Region 2 1st Vice President 1978 – 2007 and Region 2 Travel Secretary 2007 – 2020.

Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Dear Lorna; his daughters, Veronica (Wayne) and Sharron (Jason); his granddaughters, Dawn (Graeme) and Kyla (Chris); his great grandchildren, Hayden, Chloe, Jenna and Liam; his pets, Willow and Misty and to his many friends. If you wish to make a donation in his memory, Harry would thank you and asks that it be a charity of your choosing.

Chris Barratt, Past National President & National Historian IPA Canada