The grandfather-of-two, who lived on Heywood Road, set up Alderley History Group and was chairman until he died, is remembered fondly for his passion at telling stories about the village.
Friends including author Alan Garner have praised his commitment to the village.
His wife Margaret, 77, who he met aged 16 at a fairground in Wilmslow, said: “Harold loved Alderley Edge, he liked being in a village and was against too much progress.
“He wanted the village to keep traditional shops and didn’t like all the housing going up.
“But more than his love for history and archaeology, he loved his family.
“I will miss him terribly, I can’t say how much, but it’s good to know he was well-loved – he had so many friends.”
Harold married Margaret at St Bart’s Church in Wilmslow and is dad to Norman and Hazel.
He was 78 when he died at East Cheshire Hospice after being diagnosed with lung cancer and secondary brain cancer.
He served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and worked as an upholsterer before teaching patients at Ashworth Hospital in Liverpool.
Harold worked on the Alderley Landscape Project run by Manchester University and the National Trust to gather information on the people, landscape and history of the village and launched the history group on the back of this project.
Mandy Parr, secretary, said one of his favourite stories was about a runaway RAF truck which in 1947 careered down Macclesfield Road and crashed onto the railway line.
Mandy, 52, of Trafford Road, said: “The village has lost a great story-teller and wealth of information.”
Harold helped create the Alderley Homegrown history booklets and was involved with The Blackden Trust with his childhood friend Alan Garner, who wrote Weirdstone of Brisingamen.
Alan said: “My friendship with Harold dates from 1938, when my grandmother went to live at Belmont.
“We were members of the Belmont Gang, who played at the back of the houses. During the Second World War, after the all-clear siren had sounded, we used to collect shrapnel in Heyes Lane from the anti-aircraft guns in Johnny Baguley’s fields and swap them next day at school.
“Once, near Nancy Ford’s shop, Harold picked up a partly-exploded incendiary bomb, which oozed a sticky white paste with a nasty smell. I don’t know how much he got for it in the playground, but he was the hero of the day.
“He founded the Alderley Edge History Society, which, along with memories of his kindness and wicked sense of humour, remains as a tribute to his life.”