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Michael Donald Harris

Sunday, October 7th, 1945 - Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
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Michael (Mike) Harris, 1945-2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mike Harris, who was diagnosed with metastasized bladder cancer in the fall of 2018. Mike is predeceased by his father, Donald (Don) Harris, his sister, Patricia (Patty) Harris, and his father-in-law, Edgar (Eddie) Arseneault. Mike leaves a large circle of family and friends: his wife of 49 1/2 years, Jackie, his mother, Constance (Connie), his children Gregory (Olie Bera), Kristin (Kieran Walsh) and Katie (Ian Howard), grandsons Declan Walsh and soon-to-arrive Baby Howard, mother-in-law Gwen Arseneault, and siblings Nancy, Dan (Kathy), Irene (Warren Cox), Brian (Liz), and many nieces, nephews, and their children.

We will remember Mike best for his caustic wit, love of wordplay, and generosity of spirit. Terminally punctual, he was the person to call on if you needed your computer fixed, wanted to figure out best shortcuts to your destination, or had random questions that would unearth important information and irrelevant facts that Mike would gleefully dole out. Always loving a good puzzle, Mike spent many years researching the Harris and Arseneault family trees, finding and connecting with distant relatives around the world.

Irreverent his entire life, he refused a traditional visitation and funeral, opting instead for cremation and a private memorial for family and friends to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of Mike's favourite charities: St. Francis Table or to your local food bank.
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Rob Neill

Posted at 10:12am
I have been remembering Michael. Always there, at every passing. Always kind. His very presence somehow brought comfort. I have been thinking of you all. And in particular, Aunt Connie. Love. Robert Neill


Posted at 11:21pm
As our backyards went into each other we grew up together. One summer the game was kick the can. We always played the game at dusk and Mike always won. Fair and square. It drove us crazy. We scoured the 2 back yards every time but Mike could not be caught. He always made it home. How on earth could he make himself so invisible and reappear out of thin air to win???? Nancy spent the summer trying to figure it out!!!!!! It was now September and this would be our last game. A full moon had risen and was now showing us just where Mike was . Half way up the telephone pole that was on the edge of Antrim’s property A perfect place to see everything. Absolutely brilliant but that was Mike (Nancy tagged him out) Mike was a great guy and it has been a privilege to have such a wonderful cousin to grow up with and know all our lives Jackie, Greg, Kristen and Katie our heart felt sympathy goes out to you. It was just too soon Declan, Kieran, Ollie and Ian We are sorry you where not given more time with him Mike leaves behind a lot of wonderful memories for us to keep Our thoughts and love go out to you all Lynda and Dave Christine

Stephanie Greive

Posted at 10:44pm
Jackie, Greg, Kristen, Katie and families- my thoughts are with you during this sad time. Such an enormous loss - a husband, dad, and grandfather. Jackie, many of my memories have faded over the years, but I believe I do remember being at yours and Mike’swedding ...partly because he was my “much older” handsome cousin...but I think mostly because the bride was so beautiful ...I was maybe 13? I believe it was the first wedding I had ever been to. It was jusr after we had moved from Calgary to Kingston Ontario. So it was also memorable to meet my cousins. And that is how I have always remembered you and Mike. Unless of course, I have just made it all up????!! Aunty Connie - May you be surrounded with all the care and comfort you have given your family, as you mourn the uncommonly sad loss of yet another one of your children. Nancy, Brian, Danny, Irene...May you gather up the fond memories, the laughter and love, that you shared with your brother Mike (and sister Patty) in your growing up years as a family. My thoughts are with you all. Stephanie Greive Nanaimo, BC

Marylee and David Thompson

Posted at 10:35pm
To Michael’s Family; “What we once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love becomes a part of us” - Helen Keller”. May loving memories of your husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, cousin, friend, bring you strength, comfort and peace at this difficult time. Marylee (cousin) and David Thompson I found this photo of Michael’s maternal grandparents (Nana and Gaga Greive), his siblings and cousins. I don’t have many childhood memories of Michael, but this one always makes me smile. Marylee

Virginia Harris

Posted at 11:09pm
Dear Jackie, Greg, Kristen and Katie, My deepest sympathy at the loss of your dear Mike. Gwen always told me how good he always was to her. May the precious memories you have be a source of consolation at this sad time and in the days ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Cousin, Virginia Harris

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