Visitation

A memorial for Jim will be held at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London Ontario, on Sunday, June 5, 2016 between 10 a.m. and 12 noon with remembrances of Jim beginning at 11 a.m.

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Donations

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Community Living London or Participation House would be appreciated. On your computer screen, click on DONATIONS on right side of this page to place a memorial donation.

 

50 Years

CARING • HELPFUL • TRUSTED

James "Jim" Harris

Death Notice

James Ross Harris

July 13, 1928 - May 26, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of James Ross Harris, much loved husband, father and grandfather. The last two months of Jim's life were a tangle of grief and joy as the family filled the hours with music, laughter, and things that had always given him pleasure. He showed great courage and endurance, never losing hope, always more concerned about those around him than for himself, a lifelong habit.

Jim was the beloved husband of Georgina Harris (née Roxburgh), loving father of Kevin (Judy), Wendy (Chris) and Robin, and devoted grandfather to Julia, Elizabeth (Jeff), Jocelyn, Jeremy (Jessie). Dear brother in law of Jacqueline Kirkman, fond uncle of Randy, Chris and Melodie Anne and great uncle of Jason, David, Meghan and Mackenna. We miss him terribly.

Jim was born and brought up in Montreal, the city still thought of as home. He graduated from Concordia and McGill University where he trained as a teacher with specialties in mathematics and physics. He taught and worked in school administration in Montreal, Schefferville Quebec, France and London, Ontario.

Jim had a happy heart, loved family, friends,travel, gardening, theatre and music, sports, golfing, telling jokes and usually forgetting the punch lines which made them all the funnier. He always found pleasure in the happiness of others, loved entertaining, planning lovely and generous surprises including wonderful travel.

Perhaps most of all, Jim was an incredibly loving father to Robin, advocating over many years for him to be able to continue to live at home at a time when the parents of handicapped children were often pressured to send such children to live in institutions. Jim assisted Robin in every aspect of his daily life and would read his favourite books, sing his favourite songs and take him for the car rides Robin enjoys so much.

The family is thankful for the expert care Jim received from Dr. Koivu and the gentle and compassionate staff who looked after him every day in the Palliative Care unit at University Hospital, London.

We also want to give many thanks to Beth Mains of the VON and the wonderful workers who have come together to help with Robin's care at home, they are beyond price.

A memorial for Jim will be held at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London Ontario, on Sunday, June 5, 2016 between 10 a.m. and 12 noon with remembrances of Jim beginning at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Community Living London or Participation House would be appreciated.