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Philip A. Harris

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Philip (Phil) A. Harris, 77, passed away peacefully on April 24th, 2014 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Concord, MA and resided in Acton, MA until he retired and moved to Kennebunk, ME and Naples, FL and then settled permanently on the Isles of Capri, Naples in 2008. Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Leota Harris of Acton, MA. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 51 years, Lorna (Clark). Beloved father of David and his wife Denise (Delaney) of Pepperell, MA; Eric and his wife Kimberly (Fanning) of Clarksville, TN; Matthew and his wife Dawn (Prior) of Shrewsbury, MA; Lucinda and her husband Scott Black of Purcellville, VA; and Jonathan and his wife Laura (Regan) of Mason, OH. Phil leaves behind twelve grandchildren, Adam, Alex, Austin, Tristin, Wyatt, Samuel, Owen, Benjamin, Jenna, Tatum, Megan and Nicholas. Brother of David A. Harris of North Brookfield, MA and Ruth (Harris) Thatcher of Acton, MA and several nephews, nieces and cousins. After graduating from Acton High School, Phil joined the Army in 1955 and proudly served in England and Germany. After being discharged in 1958, Phil settled back in Acton working various jobs until joining his father in the family business, Acton Monument Company, Inc. Phil served in all positions of the company until retiring as President. He was also a former President of the New England Monument Dealers Association (1983-85) and attended Fisher Junior College on the G.I. Bill. Phil served as a Volunteer Fire Fighter, Special Duty Police Officer and was active with his sons in Boy Scouts of America. Phil was a member of Ducks Unlimited, The Nashoba Sportsman Club, Maynard Country Club, West Acton Baptist Church and the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary. He also enjoyed fishing, dirt biking, snowmobiling, skiing and competitive trap shooting over the years. Upon retiring, Phil and Lorna divided their time between Kennebunk, ME and Naples, FL. While in Kennebunk, he enjoyed working at the Arundle Golf Course. One of his highlights while there was meeting former President George H. Bush and Mrs. Bush. In 2008, he settled permanently on the Isles of Capri, where he enjoyed spending time with his friends and enjoying the good life on these beautiful isles. Visitation will take place on May 16, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Mass Ave., Acton MA 01720. A grave side service and interment will take place on May 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm at Woodlawn Cemetery, Concord Rd, Acton, MA. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers his family asks that donations be made to the West Acton Baptist Church, 592 Mass Ave., Acton, MA 01720. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.actonfuneralhome.com

Published in The Concord Journal from May 1 to May 8, 2014
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