GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

July 12, 2013

Arthur "Ed" Harris, 69


Gloucester — Ed was the son of the late Uno Arthur and Margaret (Comeau) Harris.

He was a graduate of Gloucester High. He then went on to pursue a career in cooking, at which he started at Den Mar Nursing Home. He followed that by working for many years at Addison Gilbert Hospital. He finished his beloved career at The Sisters of Notre Dame.

Ed had many passions throughout his life. His constant pursuit of the Word, moved him in directions of his gift to create.

He loved to bake and designed many styles of cakes that he made for family and friends.

He loved trains and could tell you anything about them. He enjoyed riding and watching them on the side of the road. He built a train depot, customized from his visions, that gave him many hours of joy.

Another passion was for the arts and painting. He gifted many of his family with his paintings for their homes.

He had such a love for his furry and feathered friends. He enjoyed the companionship that they gave to each other.

Ed had such a great sense of spirit, faith, and sense of humor. He enjoyed a great laugh with many as they did with him.

Ed's greatest love was his family. His face would light up at the sight of his children, his grandchildren, and great-granddaughter. He enjoyed friends and family gatherings at the house.

He was a very inspiring and loving man who taught the value of life, how to treat it while respecting it through kindness, faith, and our actions. He led by example.

He will be greatly missed by his family. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sandra (Joyce) Harris; his daughters, Rhonda of Gloucester, Tracey of West Virginia, Kimberly and her son, Samuel, of Arizona.

He is also survived by his son, Steven (Craig) of Gloucester, his wife, Grace, and their children, Bob, Mariah, Melissa, Ashley, and his great-granddaughter, Avery; son, John of Gloucester, and his children, Brittany, Haley, and Christine; son, Sean of New Hampshire, his wife, Holly, and their daughter, Riley. He is survived by two sisters, Shirley French, wife of Mark, of Gloucester; Margaret Vadala, wife of Patrick, of Florida; brother-in-law, Kenneth Joyce, husband of Tribby, of Gloucester; sister-in-law, Linda, wife of Kenneth Alywin, of Ipswich; sister-in-law, Barbara Lumbard of Connecticut; Robin McNair of Arizona, and Erica Worthley of Gloucester. He is also survived by an aunt, Bertha of California; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. Ed is also survived by his faithful buddy who never left his side, his pal, Ernie. He was predeceased by his father, Arthur; his mother, Margaret; and daughter-in-law, Jeannie.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 1 p.m. at his home. Donations in his memory may be made to the Addison Gilbert Hospital, Oncology Department.