It is with great sadness to announce the passing of iconic ECI Alumnus and Gallery of Distinction Member, Harold Shipp. Known as a founding father of Mississauga, his family business, Shipp Corporation Limited, was one of the first builders in the city.
A passionate philanthropist, Mr. Shipp was involved in several charities and foundations around the community. Harold’s charitable work started at a young age – as an 18 year old, he convinced a ferry pilot to fly a roaring Lancaster bomber over the ECI playing field during a football game and drop cards, many of which could be traded for prizes. It was a one-of-a-kind stunt to raise money for bleachers for the football field, and it made him a local legend. (see the story in Toronto in Time)
In 2012, ECI awarded an honourary diploma to Mr. Shipp, who had been required to leave school just short of graduating, in order to join the workforce.
A savvy businessmen, loving family man, and selfless philanthropist, Mr. Harold Shipp will be greatly missed by the Etobicoke community. Our deepest condolences to the Shipp family and friends.
“Rewards are only as good if they’re shared with those you love.”
– Harold Shipp
Harold Shipp is hoisted by members of the Etobicoke Collegiate Institute's Rams football team\
during a dedication ceremony of John Kuna's mural depicting Shipp's First High Flier
(photo by Steven Der-Garabedian.
CitiesInTime.ca – Author: Dr. Gary Miedema)
ECI graduating student Cameron Bell receiving the Pete Jackson scholarship from two of the founders of that scholarship,
Harold Shipp and Mel Hawkrigg. (Source:
Harold G. Shipp, ECI's Honorary Chair for RAI$E-A-RUCKUS!
Campaign was on hand for the inauguration of the campaign on November 29, 2011.
Mr. Shipp kindly donated a piano and organ to the school and had continued supporting the RAI$E-A-RUCKUS! campaign ever since.