Former editor 'wanted to make a difference'

Vincent Ball

By Vincent Ball, Brantford Expositor

A funeral service will be held Friday for a former Expositor writer and city councillor.
Wynn Harding (nee Matthews) died Monday. She was 87.
“She was someone who always wanted to make a contribution to her community and make a difference,” her son Mark Harding said. “That’s why she got on council.
“She was so frustrated by what was happening in the community back then and decided she should get on council and do something about it.”
Born in Toronto, Mrs. Harding lived in Sarnia and London and was educated at Brescia College Western University. After graduating from Brescia, she came to Brantford to take a job at The Expositor.
Mrs. Harding was the women’s editor and, in 1956, was recognized for her work with an award for feature writing. She also met her husband – the late Jim Harding – a career newspaper man and long-time Expositor editor.
“I remember her telling me one day that when she first met Dad she didn’t much like him,” Harding said with a chuckle. “She thought he was too over confident.
“But they fell in love, had a family, and were heavily involved in the community.”
Mrs. Harding contributed her time and expertise to The Boys’ and Girls’ Club, the YMCA, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant and was a long-time member of the University Woman’s Club. She also served as the community liaison with Mohawk College and was a member of city council in the mid-1970s, representing Eagle Place when Charlie Bowen was mayor.
Mrs. Harding was the mother of Mark (Debbie) Harding, Albert (Lisa) Harding, David Harding (Shelley Wagstaff) and the late September Johnston. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was the sister of Pam (Tom) McPherson.
Friends will be received at Beckett-Glaves Family Funeral Centre, 88 Brant Ave., on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A service will be held in the chapel at noon on Friday.
A live funeral webcast will be available at