HARRIS, Oliver Lyle
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Dad died peacefully in Biggar Hospital on Thursday, July 19, 2012. Oliver Lyle Harris was born April 29, 1932, at Kenaston, Saskatchewan, to Arlo and Mabel. He lived on the farm at NW1/4 20-37-18 w of 3rd, near Landis, for most of the rest of his life. He started school at Standard, a half mile from home. High School was obtained while he lived with his grandparents at Kenaston; an uncle in North Battleford, Grade 12 at LCBI in Outlook. He was an amazing baseball pitcher, hockey player and curler. He attended Teacher's College (Normal School) in 1950 and taught at Winter, Saskatchewan for two years. In 1954, he started farming the family farm when his Uncle Bill met an untimely death in Lethbridge and his folks left Landis to take on Bill's farming contract. In 1957 he married Myrna Clay and they had four children. He played baseball and hockey into his 30's and then coached, umpired and refereed for many years. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. He spent many years on boards for his community: the Co-op, United Church, Credit Union, Wheatland Library, Biggar School Division, the NFU, NDP and most recently, his condo board. He was a determined competitor on the pitching mound or the bridge table. Oliver loved a good joke and practiced regularly on his family. He actively farmed until 2011 and then moved to Saskatoon where he enjoyed making new friends and met the challenges of the Saskatoon Bridge Club and Cancer Clinic. Oliver was predeceased by his parents, brother Billy, grandson Cary, son-in-law Ken Jackson, and wife Myrna. Left to celebrate his example of a life well lived, his children: Cindy (Ernest) Hoppe, son Joel, (Denielle) and their children, Elsa, Maxim and Josephine; son Dale, (Michaela), and their daughter Willow; daughter Bethany (Edward) Drapak and their daughter Sarah; Guy (Sharon) Harris, and their children Melissa and Sean (Rachel) and son, Logan; Clay Harris and his children, Lindsay (Jason) Best, Lyndon (Sherri) and their children, Carter and Brooklyn, Landon and Lorin and her daughter, Taylor; Celeste Jackson and her daughter Olivia; brothers Glen (Wendy), Ray (Mary), Tim; sisters Norma Boxberger and Alice (Wayne) Romanchuk; brother-in-law Bob (Sharon) Clay; sister-in-law, Shirley (Frank) Black and numerous nieces and nephews. He is loved and remembered by his companion Herta Barron. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice would please his family. Interment will be Monday, August 13 at the Landis Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. The Memorial Service will be led by Rev. Linda Emberley at the Landis Community Complex at 11:00 a.m. Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar are entrusted with the arrangements: 948-2669.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Aug. 10 to Aug. 13, 2012