The Tate family moved to Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio around 1915. At age 17 he was a glass cutter for the Tiffin Glass Company. Harold remained single and made his home with his mother.
Harold died, at age thirty-nine, on December 03, 1939 in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. He was a patient at the Toledo State Hospital. He is buried along with his family in Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio. Harold is listed as a painter on his death certificate. He was an interior and exterior house painter. He also dabbled in the creative arts and a remaining piece of his artwork is below.