RALPH CLAREMOUNT HARRIS

RALPH CLAREMOUNT HARRIS In his 89th year, Ralph passed away peacefully at Providence Village in Scarborough on Monday February 11, 2013. Predeceased by his loving wife Arlene Francis Harris (nee Wilson), his mother and father George and Mable Harris (nee Moxley), He was a loving brother to the late Juanita (nee Berry), Carl, Irving, Alice (Hartley), Jimmy, Catherine (Mercury) and Ronnie, and his only surviving brother Norman. He will be dearly missed by his sons David and Stephen, and daughter-in-law Cathryn. Beloved Grandfather to Sean and his wife Carmen, Natasha and her husband Roosevelt, Michael and his wife Lynnette and Dylan. Great- grandfather to Shannon, Mikalia, Tristan, Marcus, Nathan, Marcellus, and Jadlyn. Lovingly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, and countless friends. Born in London, Ontario February 4, 1924, Ralph and his family moved to Toronto in the middle thirties where he attended Ryerson Public School and Central Tech High School. Ralph joined the Canadian Army during the outbreak of World War II. His leadership skill advanced him to the rank of SGT Major with the Essex Scottish Regiment and was instrumental in teaching those allowed to go overseas, the fine art of hand to hand combat at Camp Ipperwash. Upon his honorable discharge from the Service, Ralph took a job as a Pullman Porter and travelled extensively throughout the US and Canada. For most of his professional career he worked for Canada Post and retired as an operations manager after 25 years of service. In addition to his full time profession, he was deeply involved in the community and worked as a Supervisor/Trainer with the Toronto Parks and Recreation at Leslie Grove Park, Pape Recreation Centre, Earl Grey, Regent Park and East Riverdale. During that time, he coached and organized countless baseball, hockey and boxing teams, some of which reached championship status. He also taught crafts and organized Saturday Night Teen Dances at SH Armstrong Community Centre (East Riverdale). Following a family move to Etobicoke in 1973, he became involved with Islington and Kingsway Baseball Associations, where he coached and assisted in the success of championship teams developed within those organizations. In his retirement years, Ralph spent his time analyzing various Blue Jay and Maple Leaf coaches. He had a deep passion for his beloved Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs and was a huge fan of the New York Yankees, Cleveland Browns, and "the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame" Ralph was always addressed as "Mr. Harris" which was indicative of the respect he exuded from those he mentored over the years. He was a unique person in every aspect f the word. He truly believed in others and always strived to assist those seeking to achieve their goals and realize their aspirations. He was truly a "Stand up Guy" and will be missed by most, but remembered by many. Friends may call for visitation at Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke (between Kipling and Islington Aves.), on Wednesday, February 13, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Celebration of Ralph's life will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 3 o'clock. Online condolences may be made through www.turnerporter.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2013