Charles William Harris, 93, of Middletown, husband of the late Arline (Whitmore) Harris, passed away on Saturday, March 16th at Middlesex Health Care Center. Born in Middletown, he was the son of the late Delbert and Elizabeth (Muirhead) Harris.
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Charlie lived in Middletown all of his life, was a lifetime member of St. John Lodge #2 AF & AM and was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was employed by SNET for thirty-seven years and was Past President of SNET Pioneers. He was South District Fire Commissioner and received the International Association of Fire Fighters Recognition Award. Charlie also received numerous state and local awards for his tireless dedication to protect the environment including Award for Outstanding Conservationist by Middlesex County Soil and Water and the Rockfall Foundation Certificate of Honor for Conservation Efforts. Charlie was also a proud founding member of the Society of Middletown First Settlers Descendants.
Charlie is survived by his son, William "Kip" Harris and his wife, Mary Anne of Middletown; his daughter, Susan (Harris) Bright and her husband, Richard of Middletown; a brother, Arnold Harris of MA; four grandchildren, Jake Harris, Katie Grenier and her husband, Dan, Geoff Bright and his wife, Jill and Jon Bright and his wife, Tonya and three great grandchildren, Hannah, Nolan, and Jordan.
Along with his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his brother, Philip Harris.
The family would like to thank the Middlesex Health Care Center for their exceptional care and love shown to Charlie.
A private service will be held in Pine Grove Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations in Charles's memory to
, CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067and may send messages of condolence to the family at www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.
Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown is handling the arrangements
Doolittle Funeral Service
14 Old Church Street Middletown, CT 06457
Published in The Middletown Press on Mar. 20, 2013