On Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, Cambria lost a wonderful resident, Daniel Duffey Harris, age 65. Daniel passed away during the filming of a movie in Simi Valley, Calif., during the newsworthy heat wave, where the temperature reached up to 112° that day. He had been treated on the set for heat, but the actual cause of death has not yet been determined. Daniel had worked in films and had been a SAG member since 1997. His best role was the prison minister in The Green Mile. Before working in film, Daniel''s primary work was in music. Daniel and Victoria performed as a duo for the full 28 years of their marriage, seven of these years in Sweden, where they resided near Stockholm. Daniel was always an excellent musician. Both of his parents were classical music legends, Roy and Johana Harris. When John F. Kennedy made his Time Capsule of his years in the White House, Roy Harris'' 3rd and 5th Symphonies were included. As teenagers, Daniel and his brother, Shaun, formed a successful rock group, The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, with five albums, three on Warner/Reprise. Information on this group is available on Victoria''s website: http://www.artandmurals.com/danharris.htm as well as historic WCPAEB info: http://members.ams.chello.nl/cvanderlely/wcpaeb/intro/wcintro.html Daniel and Victoria moved to Cambria in 2007 to care for Victoria''s mother, Irina Wilson, and remain residents in the same home. They performed locally as a duo at Sandy''s Deli and CARES, as well as Tognazzini''s Dockside in Morro Bay. Daniel also became a member of the Cambria Chorale after having read in the Cambrian that director Michael Bierbaum''s favorite influences had been his father, Roy Harris. Daniel also had performed in the Pewter Plough''s production of "Love Town." Many enjoyed Daniel''s uplifting and happy spirit, and he was an unforgettable character. Above all, he was a very kind and good person. His spirit remains here with us, and Victoria feels his presence constantly, especially through music and humor. Daniel is survived by his brother, Shaun; sisters Paddie, Maureen and Lane; as well as his son, Krishna Stall; and stepdaughter, Meeshell Block. An Open House Memorial Celebration for Daniel will be held in early 2013, hopefully around his birthday in March. Victoria will place an announcement in The Cambrian for all friends who wish to attend.
Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on Dec. 6, 2012.