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Born: Feb 08, 1934

Date of Passing: Jan 31, 2019

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ROBERT (BOB) JAMES HARRIS Robert (Bob) James Harris passed away peacefully Thursday, January 31, 2019, with family at his side. Left to mourn his passing: his wife, Beverley, of the past 61 years; three sons, Robin (Leona), Ward (Deborah), and Carl (Samantha); seven grandchildren and spouses, Rebecca, Robert, Michael (Kelsey), Nikki (Colin), Christopher (Katie), Angela and Daniel; two great-grandchildren, Keith, and Brooke; one younger brother Andy; as well as numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Dorothy Harris; three brothers, Art, Les, and Roy; and one sister Margaret. Bob was born in Virden, Manitoba on February 8, 1934. He took most of his education in Brandon schools and Brandon College. He also attended McMaster University Divinity School in Hamilton, Ontario, and the University of Manitoba Faculty of Education. He married Beverley Tolton in 1957 and they moved from Brandon to Souris where he taught High School for two years before moving to Wawanesa where he was Principal for five years. They moved to North Kildonan in 1964 and he worked in River East School Division in several schools (River East Collegiate, Morse Place Junior High, Maple Leaf and Emerson). He retired from education in 1989. Along with his teaching career, Bob also served a number of churches as pastor. For nearly 25 years he was pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church and Pilgrim Baptist Church in Winnipeg. During his college years in Brandon he preached each Sunday at Little Souris, Beresford and Brandon Hills United Churches. While in Souris and Wawanesa he served churches in Elgin, Minto and Regent. Bob was active in the Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan since 1967, serving in most Club offices. He was also a life member of the Winnipeg Philatelic Society since his main hobby was stamp collecting. Bob and Beverley enjoyed playing golf together and traveling by car, bus and several cruises. They had a great, happy life together. Funeral and arrangements Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m., Glen Eden Funeral Home and Cemetery, 4477 Main Street, West St. Paul. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.
Publish Date: Feb 5, 2019

ROBERT (BOB) JAMES HARRIS Robert (Bob) James Harris passed away peacefully Thursday, January 31, 2019, with family at his side. Left to mourn are wife Beverley, sons, Robin (Leona), Ward (Deborah) and Carl (Samantha), seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Longer obituary to follow. Arrangements with Glen Eden.
Publish Date: Feb 2, 2019

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 02, 2019, Feb 05, 2019

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Our condolence to the Harris family. Your beloved Bob Harris will be genuinely missed by the family and as well as all those who knew him. But take heart for Bob is now in the care of the Lord God most high! Our daughter Samantha is married to Carl Harris, Bob's son. My wife Ruth and I have had the privilege of interacting with Bob. Bob is a man of honour and integrity who loves God and walks in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Being a Pastor, Bob officiated at the funerals of a sister-in-law (Michelle) as well as both of my parents (Albert and Hilda Povey). It was an extreme honour to have Bob conduct these 3 services. Bob is a saint who possess all of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22 Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control. Bob Harris is a Godly man who always expressed agape love (unconditional love). Well done good and faithful servant! Yours in Christ: With love Dave & Ruth Povey. PS, Bob would want me to say to all of you who knew him, that Bob will be waiting for all of you to meet him again on your appointed hour. BE THERE! - Posted by: Dave & Ruth Povey (Samantha Harris' (Daughter-in-law to Bob Harris) Parents) on: Feb 14, 2019

  • Sincere sympathies to Bev and the Harris family. I remember Bob with fondness in the many talks we had about education when I was on the Board of Trustees. He was a kind, respectful man, dedicating his career to supporting students and staff in the River East Community. - Posted by: Gail Scheer (Former Trustee - River East School Division) on: Feb 12, 2019

  • I am very sorry for your loss. Mr. Harris was a well respected man in our community. I first met him when my eldest child started school at Maple Leaf. We were all in awe of this kind man who truly connected with the parents but most importantly, with the children. He was always outside communicating, with all of us. My greatest admiration went out to this wonderful man, who always had a smile and a warm greeting for all. I have no doubt that the wonderful memories you have him will help you get through this sad time. May you rest in peace, Mr. Harris. - Posted by: O.R. Daly (Teacher at Maple Leaf) on: Feb 07, 2019

  • Dad will never be forgotten. He was an amazing father. I remember playing catch in the front yard, Saturday morning drives to buy stamps, flooding the rinks at Emerson School, mowing the grounds at Maple Leaf School, our road trips to California and New York, helping me with homework almost daily, proofreading his church bulletins & Kiwanis newsletters and talking about the good old days a couple of days before he passed. So sad that you’re gone but will see you someday in Heaven. - Posted by: Carl Harris (Son) on: Feb 06, 2019

  • We have only known Bob an Bev for 30 yrs but he touched our hearts in a loving an generous way-he was a very intelligent man and had a great memory-I enjoyed all his stories of his trip thru life that he loved and was certainly proud of his family an loving wife "BEV" REST IN PEACE - Posted by: Scotty and Elaine McLaren (Friend and Kiwanian) on: Feb 06, 2019

  • I remember Bob Harris coming to Elgin Baptist church as pulpit supply. Later, as a student at Brandon College, I got to know his parents in their church. We have since crossed paths occasionally in a variety of ways. My sincere sympathy to Bev and family, and to his brother Andy, a friend from Teen Camp and youth group. - Posted by: Isabel Acheson (friend) on: Feb 05, 2019

  • He touched so many students. I remember him out in the school yard every recess playing with us kids. He would play marbles and trade hockey cards. I have never seen so many kids both accept a teacher as a peer and respect as an authority. He will be missed. - Posted by: Lee Warywoda (Student) on: Feb 05, 2019

  • Our deepest condolences to Ward, Debbie, and family. Rob and I didn't know your father, but it sounds like he lived a very rewarding life with a lot of conviction to his work. - Posted by: Gerri Rannie (Good friend) on: Feb 05, 2019

  • My condolences to Bev and the family at this sad time as you grieve the loss of husband, father, and grandfather. I have so many fond memories of Bob in role of principal at Emerson School. I was so fortunate to be asked to come to this new school, Emerson, as the teacher-librarian when it opened in 1979. Those were great years. Thank you,Bob! It was always a pleasure to meet Bob and Bev after his retirement from his professional years in education. He always greeted you with a smile. So many pleasant memories to recall with laughter and many "Do you remember the time...?" stories. I know the family will find comfort in the weeks, and months, and years ahead in their special memories. Thinking of you at this time with sympathy, Shirley Augustine - Posted by: Shirley Augustine (Teacher Librarian, Emerson School) on: Feb 05, 2019

  • My condolences to the family. I knew Bob when he was at Brandon College. I was a student of his father Prof AA Harris when I was in the Elementary Teacher Training Course at Brandon College in 1955-56. I held both father and son in very high regard. They helped many people become better teachers. – Posted by Gerald R. Brown, TTC student, Brandon College 1955-56 / later Chief Librarian, Winnipeg School Division 1965-92 - Posted by: Gerald R. Brown (Former student) on: Feb 05, 2019

  • Our daughters went to Emerson Elementary when Mr. Harris was principal there. I always remember fondly how he would go out at recess and play games with the students. I also recall how he would start signing Valentine cards right after Christmas and each student at the school would receive a card from him. He was such a kind man. - Posted by: Brian & Joyce Gainor (Friend) on: Feb 05, 2019

  • Wishing you my sincere condolences while you celebrate the life of an incredible man. Mr Harris was my elementary principal at Emerson. He was loved by EVERYONE. I will never forget him playing with all of us during lunches and recess; my fav being marble toss. We were the first kindergarten class in 1979 and we still talk of him fondly. What a wonderful person. We were all very lucky. Three Cheers for Emerson. ❤️ - Posted by: Stacey Lodge (Student ) on: Feb 05, 2019

  • My sincere condolences to you, Bev and your family. Bob was a very caring and compassionate gentleman. My pleasure to have known him. I hope that fond memories of your loved one will sustain you in these most difficult times. - Posted by: Vicki Lazaruk (former Trustee, River East School Division) on: Feb 04, 2019

  • Dear Bev & family, I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I remember him as a fine gentleman,principal & Kiwanian. He will certainly be missed. - Posted by: Lorraine Kovachik (Friend) on: Feb 02, 2019

  • My deepest condolences to Beverley, his sons and their family on the loss of a wonderful husband, father, etc. My earliest memory of Bob was when they came to visit Roy and I in Montreal and how loving and patient a man he appeared to be. Over the years getting to know him a little better saw a man dedicated to his work with children, who loved and enjoyed children very much. Recall someone telling me of him going out and splashing in the puddles after a storm with the kids. His smile warmed those that saw it. I can only imagine how many young folk he aided to go up and be successful young adults. As well his dedication to his work as a minister for some years which showed his caring for not only the young but also the elderly. God bless and comfort you all . - Posted by: Beverley Dale Harris (sister-in-law) on: Feb 02, 2019

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