A member of an iconic North Adelaide Football Club family, Harold Pash began his senior career at 17 with three games with Norwood in 1894. He was not in Norwood's premiership team that year but he and his younger brother Norm helped North win its first flag in 1900. Their nephew, Jeff Pash, won the 1939 Magarey Medal.
Harold was born at North Adelaide on 17 December 1876. A rover, wingman or follower with glossy black hair, he played 143 games and kicked 23 goals with North between 1896 and 1908, interrupted by one season in Broken Hill.. Whereas brother Norm played in North's first three premierships, 1900, 1902 and 1905, Harold had the misfortune to miss the 1902 grand final.
Harold regarded matches against Norwood as the closest and most exciting, though he had special memories of a very wet semi-final in 1906 when North kept Port Adelaide goalless, winning 4.4 to 0.13.
After he retired as player, Harold became a respected umpire. In later years he recalled : "In a match I was umpiring up country, a parson was playing and I was asked to keep bad language down. The parson was running towards the goal when from behind me I heard an excited player yell out 'Why don't you shepherd the (expletive) parson?' There were a fair sprinkling of ladies present, too. Of course, I had to report that man."
Harold was an accomplished singer who as a young man performed at concerts with his father Fred and sister Millicent.
Harold married Grace May Camp at Redruth Methodist Church, Burra, on 20 June 1907. In 1920 he was appointed a member of Saddlers and Harness Makers Board.
A North Adelaide life member and a proxy league delegate, he was 64 when he died in Adelaide on 2 October 1942.
P Robins Sept 2018