Tyree W. Harris

HARRIS, TYREE W., a businessman, community leader, and long-time resident of Merritt Island, FL, died on March 17, 2013 in his home at La Casa. He was 91.

Mr. Harris, a native of Louisville, KY, played end for duPont Manual High School's 1938 national championship football team and, later, for the University of Kentucky. He served aboard a PT boat in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a sales manager at Louisville Motors before moving to Cocoa, FL, in 1955 to open Ty Harris Buick. He also appraised and developed real estate, distributed fuel oil, and owned an automobile dealership in Sebring. He was a Rotarian, a Jaycee, and director of the Chamber of Commerce.

He became active on the Board of Trustees of Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital in 1958, serving as President from 1978 until 1980. He remained a dedicated board member into the 1990's but resigned after suffering a stroke.

A member of the Indian River Yacht Club, Melbourne Yacht Club, and the East Coast Sailing Association, he sailed the Indian River and throughout the West Indies with his first and last mate, Phyllis (Van Slyke, also formerly of Louisville).

Other survivors include his four children, Dr. Sharon Muret-Wagstaff of Boston, MA, Tyree Harris (Judy) of Indialantic, Bruce Harris of Austin, TX, and Dr. Sally Sange (Michael Towers), also of Merritt Island; two sisters, Mary Walton Mayshark of Thornton, NH, and Susan Wilburn of Louisville; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; A sister, Harriet Weller and brother, A.B. Harris, predeceased him.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Melbourne Yacht Club at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate and remember his life. His many friends will be welcome there.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the in his name.

Published in The Courier-Journal on May 13, 2013