Richard Harris
Richard Harris
  • March 29, 1943 - October 19, 2017
  • Spring Hill, Florida

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Richard Harris Sr. was born on March 29, 1943 to a World War II Veteran Edward Clark Harris and Hazel L. Diaz Harris-Gill in White Plains, NY. From an early age he was raised in Yonkers, NY along with his older brothers and sister Robert Harris Sr., Arthur “Billy” Harris, and Barbara Harris (Priest). The untimely death of Edward C. Harris when Richard was no older than four years old has always left a deep void in his heart. However, Hayward Gill Sr. stepped in to help raise the small Harris children. From the union of Hayward and Hazel came Richard’s younger siblings Hayward “Stevie” Gill Jr., Linda Gill (Bryant), and the late Lawrence “Larry” Gill. From Linden Street to Garden Street to School Street and beyond Richard acquired many friends, especially his best friend the late Cole L. Scott. Along with Scott, his two older brothers, Bobby and Billy, Willy Wallace, and the late John Osborne they formed the unforgettable and unbreakable bond known as the Six Brothers. In 1969, Richard joined the White Plains Police Department. He was so proud to have been a police officer (306) and carried that pride of the blue brotherhood for the rest of his life. He would always joke about being off of post “Post 6, what’s your location?” and his lifetime of friends/brothers that were so dear to his heart. Richard’s greatest joys were his children. With the late and loving Janice Harris he brought into the world Hazel Harris, Richard Harris Sr., Kelley Harris, and Tracy Harris. Then with is beloved wife of 35 years, Joanne Harris, he brought into the world Nicole K. Harris MS.Ed and Michael Harris Sr. From his dear children he has 10 grandchildren (Ronald and Davon Chance, Kitreace and Tanisha Harris, Damien Mack, Miracle Harris, Teiranni and Markeem Roberts, and Michael Jr. and Victor Harris) and 4 great grandchildren (Sean Boone, Aidyn and Kingston Prat, and Kamari Spencer). He is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. In 1987 Richard and his family moved to College Park, GA. Through his work for the City of East Point Parks and Recreation, he became known as “Coach” and was a father figure and mentor to many. Within the College Park, East Point, and Atlanta communities he was a certified tennis instructor through ALTA. Through his retirement from the WPPD, he continued service in law enforcement as a Fugitive Investigator for the State of Georgia. Then in 2006, along with his wife Joanne and son Michael, he moved to sunny Florida. For the last 11 years of his life he enjoyed timeless hours of golf and making great friends including the late Joe Brat and Harry Hoy. Whether you knew him as Dickey, Rachard, Daddy, Ricky, Wap, Coach, or Bear, Richard Harris Sr. was loved by so many. He will never be forgotten. He loved to tell stories so if he we keep telling his, he will live forever.