From Smiling Hill Newsletter

HAROLD PRIMROSE, one of the founder group at Smiling Hill, died in Batam last Sunday afternoon.


Harold had been ill for about three months and took a turn for the worse last Friday. His condition worsened again in the early hours of Sunday morning and friends took him to Awahl Bros Hospital at about 3am where he was admitted in serious condition.

He later suffered a cardiac arrest while doctors were attempting to drain an internal build-up of fluids. He was placed on life support but died a few hours later.

Family in Scotland Harold is survived here by his partner of some six years, Vina, and by his father, a brother and sister and a son and daughter back in Scotland.

He will be greatly missed in Batam where he had become one of those colourful characters who glide through the Expat communities in far-flung locations like this and contribute to making life that much more interesting.

Most of his friends will agree that at times he had the capacity to be one of the most irritating men on the planet but most of the time he had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye and truly believed in living life to the full - preferably in first class if at all possible.

Legendary pomposity and at times capable of some extroardinarily silly decisions (and opinions), yet highly regarded for his work as an engineer and fundamentally a erudite and warm human being.


To many in Batam and around the region Harold was a close and good friend. Harold moved to Batam about 8 years ago down on his luck. He managed to build his engineering business and associated activities into a successful concern though running into tougher times with the onset of the Global Financial Crisis and the impact of the downturn in oil prices. As one of Harold’s former colleagues put it this week: One thing we can say, whilst Harold was with us he lived his life to the full, and whilst he may not have achieved all of his goals or dreams I think he managed a few that most "back home" would envy…

Harold and I had our differences over the years, but I will say what a waste of a clever man with such huge potential. Harold was 56. His body was cremated at Nongsa on Wednesday and his ashes will be returned to his family in Scotland.
From Smiling Hill Newsletter<br /> <br /> HAROLD PRIMROSE, one of the founder group at Smiling Hill, died in Batam last Sunday afternoon.<br /> <br /> <br /> Harold had been ill for about three months and took a turn for the worse last Friday. His condition worsened again in the early hours of Sunday morning and friends took him to Awahl Bros Hospital at about 3am where he was admitted in serious condition.<br /> <br /> He later suffered a cardiac arrest while doctors were attempting to drain an internal build-up of fluids. He was placed on life support but died a few hours later.<br /> <br /> Family in Scotland Harold is survived here by his partner of some six years, Vina, and by his father, a brother and sister and a son and daughter back in Scotland.<br /> <br /> He will be greatly missed in Batam where he had become one of those colourful characters who glide through the Expat communities in far-flung locations like this and contribute to making life that much more interesting.<br /> <br /> Most of his friends will agree that at times he had the capacity to be one of the most irritating men on the planet but most of the time he had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye and truly believed in living life to the full - preferably in first class if at all possible.<br /> <br /> Legendary pomposity and at times capable of some extroardinarily silly decisions (and opinions), yet highly regarded for his work as an engineer and fundamentally a erudite and warm human being.<br /> <br /> <br /> To many in Batam and around the region Harold was a close and good friend. Harold moved to Batam about 8 years ago down on his luck. He managed to build his engineering business and associated activities into a successful concern though running into tougher times with the onset of the Global Financial Crisis and the impact of the downturn in oil prices. As one of Harold&rsquo;s former colleagues put it this week: One thing we can say, whilst Harold was with us he lived his life to the full, and whilst he may not have achieved all of his goals or dreams I think he managed a few that most &quot;back home&quot; would envy&hellip;<br /> <br /> Harold and I had our differences over the years, but I will say what a waste of a clever man with such huge potential. Harold was 56. His body was cremated at Nongsa on Wednesday and his ashes will be returned to his family in Scotland.
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