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John James (Coog) Harris (October 18, 1929 - October 18, 2012)

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JOHN (Coog) JAMES HARRIS October 18, 1929 October 18, 2012 John, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa and friend, went to be with our Lord on Wednesday afternoon. He passed away peacefully at the PG Hospital with many of his family at his side. He is survived by his loving wife, Annetta (Jo) of sixty one years, his children Linda Wijcik, Betty Hopson, David (Lorri), John, Tom (Karelyn), and Kevin. His brothers Hardy (Elwood) and Nona, Ban (Stanley), David, sisters-in-law Diane, and Hilda (Archie Nauta), as well as 22 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren born and expecting. Also many nieces, nephews and too many to count “adopted” children and grandchildren. Our hearts are heavy having to say goodbye to our gentle father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, and yet we are comforted in knowing that he has gone to be with other loved ones, his father, mother, brothers Custy (Howard) and Harold, sister Irene, son Peter and son-in-law Richard Hopson. John was born at home in Coalhurst, Alberta. He left home when he was 18 because his large 6'6” frame wasn't a good fit for the underground coal mine. He came to BC with his brothers and worked road construction both on the Hope - Princeton Highway and the Fraser Canyon as a powder monkey. When road construction closed for the winter he made his way north to the Mapes area near Vanderhoof to hack ties for the CNR. As soon as the weather permitted, he returned to Alberta and married the love of his life in Calgary. They returned to the Prince George area. He worked at Harris Brothers sawmill, Harris and Miller sawmill and sawmills at Finlay Forks north of Prince George before the Bennett dam flooded the area, then Takla Forest Products at Fort St. James. He retired in 1993 from PG Pulp after working there for 20+ years as a millwright. Mum and dad were world travelers, visiting Europe, England, China, and Thailand as well as crossing Canada and the US multiple times. Thank you to the staff at UHNBC for your care of dad in his brief stay there. There will be a celebration of his life and death at the Lakewood Alliance Church, 4001 - 5th Ave. on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at 1 p.m. with a light tea to follow. We would be blessed to have his many friends gather with us to say farewell to a special man.

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