Thomas Edward "Ted" HARRIS
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HARRIS, Thomas Edward ("Ted")
December 29, 1920 (Montreal)
– January 30, 2016 (Ottawa)
At the age of 95, passed away peacefully after a series of health difficulties. Loving husband of 64 years to the late Mary Montizambert Harris (née Savage). Son of Thomas Percival and Gladys Harris of the United Kingdom. Brother of the late Kathleen Gill and Philip Harris. Father of Tom Harris, Jennifer Trewartha, Lucinda Montizambert and Margo Harris. Proud grandfather of David Trewartha, Mary-Jean Harris and Carolyn Harris. Ted served as an Air Force officer (navigator, Flight Lieutenant) in World War II in Atlantic and Burma campaigns. He is the author of the 2013 book "Shepherding the Lost Sheep: A World War II Memoir" (http:/ / A McGill University engineering graduate (Numerous scholarships and prizes), Ted worked as an engineer and manager in large machinery design and manufacturing for over 30 years at Dominion Engineering in Lachine, QC. He was a passionate outdoors man: camping, hiking, swimming, biking, skiing, star gazing, feeding the birds and gardening. Also a musician, square dancer, artist and a member of the Canadian Legion and the Masonic Order of Canada, Ted's determination, optimism, and courage will be greatly missed by all. Visitation will be held at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, on Friday, February 5 from 12 noon until time of the service in the chapel at 1:30 p.m. Interment and reception to follow. Please contact ways-give/donate-now to make a donation in Ted's memory.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Feb. 3, 2016.
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March 24, 2019
Dad loved spring cross-country skiing! Thinking of him today, a perfect day for a ski.
Margo Harris
January 28, 2019
Thinking of Dad today... a snowy day, which he would love.
January 30, 2017
the Slide

when I was a kid,
my dad would build
the most wonderful winter ice slide
in our backyard.

my dad's heart and soul
was in that slide.
out in the dark, in the night, he would work...
building it up, building it up.

not a mild slide,
not for the faint of heart!
but a steep, wide, careening slide,
long and gleaming,
inviting kids to dare and challenge.

layer upon layer,
buckets of water
transformed into glee,
childhood happiness itself.

true, the slide was somewhat dangerous,
with occasional casualties,
but almost always fun,
and never ever boring!

the slide took our breath away
with all its speed and unexpected turns,
a diamond in the rough,
sparkling under the shining stars.

(for Dad, love Margo)
Margo Harris
August 16, 2016
Still thinking of the family and sending prayers.
As time passes, the hurt eases, and the tears will be shared with a smile, when you talk and think about Tom.
God Bless
gloria jean Harris, Mays
August 15, 2016
Remembering Dad in his beautiful cheery garden, as I work in my own garden which has some plants from him!
Margo Harris
February 10, 2016
Ted was a wonderful man whose motto was a day when I didn't bring a smile to someone is lost and he was always smiling, despite all he had to bear. I knew him at the Ottawa Curling Club, and we had long and rich talks after the games. He left us before his book was printed. I checked and can't find any on Internet. Please give me a chance to meet him again through his writings.
Nicole Gourret
February 7, 2016
Dear Lucinda, Jennifer, Margo and Tom,
I was so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I am sure I spent almost as much time at your place, as I did at my house, growing up in Valois. Your Dad was a wonderful presence in my childhood.
Love, Deb
Deb Cross
February 6, 2016
Poppa (Ted) had an amazing life and was a real inspiration to everyone. Thanks for being my grandfather, you will be missed.
Mary-Jean Harris
February 5, 2016
Sad to hear the news. I had the honour of meeting Ted in November and enjoying an hour and a half chat. We talked a lot about his book and his experiences. Thank you Ted for your service to Canada.
Phil Somers
February 4, 2016
My deepest regrets and sorrow for the loss of such an amazing man, whom I know is kin to me and my Harris family here in the USA, from Richmond Virginia. My heart stopped as I saw his picture, for I relived the same emotions when I saw my dad's picture, that's how much they look alike. Plus they, as most all Harris men, are a symbol of Honor, community servants, protectors of family and country and our morals.
Please know that he will live in your hearts and minds and when you think of him, you will smile.
May he rest in peace with God, knowing he will be remembered and loved forever.
Gloria Harris Mays
gloria Mays
February 4, 2016
Dear Ted, I remember you best on a trip back from Mount Desert Island where you took us home via the side roads and gravel lanes, the better to explore. Thank you for that trip and for your explorer's spirit that woke me up wider to the world around me.
Lisa Jarvis
February 3, 2016
Ted, at his air force squadron reunion in Winnipeg, about 90 years of age
Tom Harris
February 3, 2016
Ted, in middle age, about 50
Tom Harris
February 3, 2016
Ted as a young man, about 28
Tom Harris
February 3, 2016
Ted at his squadron air force reunion in Winnipeg, aged 90
Tom Harris
February 3, 2016
Ted in middle age, about 50
Tom Harris
February 3, 2016
Ted as a young man, about 28
Tom Harris
February 3, 2016
To Tom, Lucinda, Jennifer and Margo: please accept our condolences. Your parents were an important part of our parents lives. Louise, Jane and Susan Fullerton
February 3, 2016
Sir, Thank you for your unfailing service to our nation and her allies! From a very grateful Canadian.
February 3, 2016
A final goodbye in this world, Ted.
Maybe we'll meet in the next.
Your brother Phil.
February 2, 2016
So long Dad. You had an amazing life! Thanks for all you did for our family and our society! I am proud to have been able to call you my dad!

Tom, your son.
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