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5600 Carroll Canyon Rd
San Diego, CA 92121
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Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
11:00 AM
El Camino Memorial Park
Sorrento Valley, CA
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Robert Eugene Harris


1933 - 2019
Robert Eugene Harris Obituary
Robert Eugene Bob' Harris March 3, 1933 - October 23, 2019 San Diego Robert E. Harris passed away peacefully at home at the age of 86, surrounded by family on Wednesday, Oct. 23rd after a brief illness and complications of Alzheimer's disease. Bob, as he was fondly known by family and friends, was a devoted husband, dad, grandpa and friend. He was born in Huntsville, Alabama. He served in the Army after the Korean War working on the Atlas Missile Project. He moved to San Diego in 1965 to become a San Diego Police Officer and eventually became a detective at Northern Division. He received numerous commendations prior to retiring after 23 years in 1988. Bob always loved fishing on the ocean, and after retirement, he got his Merchant Marine Officer's license to captain 100 ton vessels. He did this for several years aboard such sport fishing boats as the Qualifier 105 and the Holiday and became known as "Captain" Bob. While on the boats, he started dressing as Santa Claus for the San Diego Parade of Lights, and played Santa for many years on many different occasions. One of his greatest loves was to travel with his wife, Lynn. They traveled all over the world with Overseas Adventures and cruising on Holland America cruise lines. Bob was proud to have made his 4-Star Mariner status on Holland America. Bob was also an ordained minister and performed numerous wedding ceremonies for family and friends, including all of his children. Bob met and married his ex-wife Kay while living in Tucson, Arizona. He had two sons with Kay, Robert Travis Harris of San Diego and Brian James Harris (Kim) of Tacoma, Washington. Bob was married to Carolyn (Lynn) in 1975, who preceded him in death in 2014. He was Dad to her four children, Sheryl Quick-Robbins (Terry) of Poway, Mark Pearcy (Linda) of Escondido, Brian Pearcy of Santa Clarita, and Lorel Wirkus (Thomas) of San Diego. He has several grandchildren and was Grandpa (and Santa) to Debra (Jesus), Serenity (Anthony), Kaleb, Aaron, Noah, Christopher (Gina), Matthew, Sarah (Javier), Joshua, Ryan, Angel, Tracy and Valerie. He also has great-grandchildren, Michaela, Alicia, Antonio, Charolette, July, Penelope, Gabriel, AJ and Hayley. There will be a memorial service at El Camino Memorial Park in Sorrento Valley on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life. He will be laid to rest alongside his wife Carolyn at Miramar National Cemetery in a private service on Friday, November 22, 2019.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Nov. 8, 2019
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