James "Jim" Harris
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.
May 30, 2016, 8:53 am
My sincerest condolences to the Harris family. Jim and Georgina were my major inspirations to enter the field of disabilities, giving me my first job in supporting Robin after school (many years ago). I always appreciated his incredible sense of humour and calm support provided to his loved ones. Jim, you will always be close to my heart. Thanks for everything!
May 30, 2016, 12:04 pm
In these moments when the words are not able to express almost anything, I feel the need to express Kevin and to the whole family condolences for their immense loss. I will never forget how wonderful thoughts Kevin shared with me about his AMAZING NICE Father!: May God Rest Him in Peace.
Erlyn, Jaleh and Steven
May 30, 2016, 3:06 pm
In behalf of Compliance department we would like to send our condolences to Kevin and the rest of the family. May your father rest in peace.
Sharon and Hamoody Hassan
May 31, 2016, 2:21 pm
Please accept our deepest sympathies. He was such a vibrant, compassionate and wise man...I know he will have left wonderful memories that will someday comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you...
May 31, 2016, 6:23 pm
Deep sympathy to Jim's family at this sad time, especially to Kevin, Wendy and Chris. Sincerely, Wynn Downing
May 31, 2016, 10:27 pm
I had the pleasure of meeting Jim recently. Though our conversation and time together was all too brief, Jim had a way about him that was cheerful, and put others at ease. It was obvious he cared immensely for those in his life; really no words needed to be spoken. He seemed to love much, and was obviously much loved,for lots of good reasons. May his family find the wisdom and strength to carry on in Jim's way. May Allah keep Jim safe in his embrace, In peace
June 1, 2016, 5:10 am
Dearest Georgie and family,
For more than 45 years Jim has been at the centre of our wonderful and happy friendship, a friendship that has spanned continents as well as time. Oh the dinners Jim has presided over, the exciting events he has facilitated, the garden dinners he has overseen...they were all wonderful. Life will not be the same again without his dear and happy face. Our love to the whole Harris family, especially to Georgie and Robin. Johanna (Australia)
June 3, 2016, 10:38 am
From the wedding on Jim's front lawn of my brother Chris to Jim's lovely daughter Wendy, to the numerous events with the Harris's over the years my thoughts of Jim were always of a fun, kind, and welcoming person. Distance of course changes things and I rarely had the pleasure of seeing Jim recently but that does not mean he did not cross mind which I think speaks volumes about my feeling for this man.
June 5, 2016, 8:12 am
Lisa and I hold you in our thoughts and prayers. I never met your father but from what I read, it is clear his radiance is reflected in you and Robin.I read the following Psalm this morning which may give you comfort. "The wise counsel God gives when I'm awake is confirmed by my sleeping heart...I've got a good thing going and I'm not letting go. ..My feet are on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face. Ever since you took my hand, I'm on the right way. (Psalm 16: 7-8)" May he rest in the peace of a life well lived.
June 7, 2016, 8:31 pm
Jim Harris - What wonderful memories I have spanning the last 40 years. Holidays together, many unforgettable meals and time together and always with Georgie who kept us all in contact in spite of us living in opposite side of the world. But more than this was the example you set for us all of how to live. Your moral compass was clear and strong. Your devotion to your family was an inspiration. True love was never clearer. I miss you Jim, your smiling face, your quirky sense of humour and I am a better person for having known you for so long .
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