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Former Martensville Mayor, Harry Baycroft, passes at 93

Harry Baycroft served on Martensville municipal council from 1966 to 1978

Henry Alfred (Harry) Baycroft, a former Martensville Mayor and Councillor in the 1960s and 1970s, passed away on June 6, 2018 at the age of 93 in Dargaville, New Zealand, where he has lived since 1988.
Baycroft Drive in Martensville is named in his honour.
Baycroft was born March 14, 1925 in Aberdeen, Saskatchewan. He enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1943 and was later stationed in Italy, France, Belgium and Holland. While in Apeldoorn, Holland, Baycroft was wounded on April 11, 1945 after crossing the IJssel River. He was shipped back to Canada in June of 1945 and put on convalescent leave for many months. He was eventually discharged from the military hospital in Regina, Saskatchewan on February 19, 1949.
After returning from the war, Baycroft worked at the Quaker Oats Company Mill in Saskatoon until 1952. He then moved to Prince Albert where he took up employment with the Prince Albert Gaol for Men. During Baycroft’s time with Corrections Canada, he met and married Alice Burgess who was the warden’s secretary at the Gaol. They were married on March 2, 1954 and had two children while they lived in Prince Albert.
Baycroft worked in various capacities with both the Provincial and Federal governments until 1967 when he and he and his wife Alice became owner-operators of a grocery and meat store with Shell gas service, Baycroft Family Fair, in Martensville, Saskatchewan. While living in Martensville from 1966 to 1978, Baycroft served as both Mayor (Overseer) and councillor. In 1966 he assisted the hamlet of Martensville to incorporate to Village status. During this time, he was also a member of the school board, served as the President of the Martensville Auditorium Association, ran a small real estate business, and served as a building inspector for the town and rural municipality.
When the family store closed in 1973, Baycroft went on to work at Empire Meats in Saskatoon, and for a time worked as the Head Shepherd at the University of Saskatchewan in the sheep barns. It was during this period that Baycroft became interested in the Farmer’s Market movement in Saskatchewan. In 1975 he became one of the founding members of the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market (originally called the Toad Lane Farmer’s Market). From 1978 to 1988 he served in the capacity of Co-ordinator and Manager for the Farmer’s Markets Associations of Saskatchewan.
Following his retirement from the Association, Baycroft and his wife Alice moved to New Zealand. A private Cremation Service was held for him on June 9, 2018. His ashes will be interred next to his wife in the Mount Wesley RSA Cemetery, Dargaville, New Zealand. A special memorial service and celebration of Harry’s life will be held at the Methodist Church, Dargaville, New Zealand on October 6, 2018.

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