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Frederick Thomas Harris

September 21, 1923 - March 24, 2016

Frederick Harris: September 21, 1923 - March 24, 2016

Service Date: March 31, 2016

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Harris,  Frederick Thomas Colonel (RCSigs/CELE)  CD, MID, BSc, PEng


Passed away at Manotick ON on Thursday, March 24, 2016, age 92 years.   Predeceased by his dear first wife, Margaret (Rose) 1969, and his beloved second wife Mary (Acton-Bond) 2013.  Survived by sister Irene Harris of Chicago; daughters Sheilah Hunter, Irene Bathurst (David), Jane Naus (Chris); six grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren, and sister-in-law Karen Acton-Bond; five nieces and their families. Fred served 35 years in the Canadian Army – World War 2 and Korean War (PPCLI), Exchange Officer School of Signals in the UK, first Chief of Communications Mobile Command, Military Attache to Soviet Union, and National Military Representative to SHAPE Belgium.  He was an army parachutist and light aircraft pilot, past President of Canadian Forces Ski Club (Ottawa), member of Highlands Golf Club and Canadian Club of Ottawa.  Awarded Governor General’s Medal and qualified for Red Cross and Royal Life Saving Society Certificates.  In later years, he excelled in cabinet and furniture making and kept active with a limited exercise program, gardening and walking.  Fred had an appreciation for all things beautiful. His life long love of creativity led to enjoyment of ballet, theatres, flower gardens and art galleries in the many countries he visited.  He walked this life with intention and had much joy in companionship. A special thank you to the ladies from Home at Heart, especially Lesley, Caroline, Jeanne, the staff of Orchard View on the Rideau for their excellent compassionate care, to Karen Acton-Bond and family for their loving support and to Veterans Affairs.  A Memorial Service will be held at St. James Anglican Church, 1138 Bridge Street, Manotick on Thursday, March 31st at 2 p.m., with Reverend Andrea Thomas presiding.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Those wishing may make memorial donations to the charity of their choice.

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