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Obituary: Harris, Terrence Ross


Passed peacefully at Meaford General Hospital on December 27, 2015 in his 75th year.  Born in Kirkland Lake to Dr. E.R. Harris and Jewel Harris (Cray). Predeceased by Noni Harris (Campbell), wife of 38 years.

Beloved husband of Elizabeth Jane Francis Harris, loving father to Kim Gardner, Glen Harris (Signy Teague) and step-father of Charlie Francis. Loyal brother to Paul (predeceased) and Richard. Sadly missed by 5 grandchildren.

A summer working in the gold mines convinced Terry to apply himself and he graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute. He completed studies as a Chartered Accountant and in 1968 was hired by Canada Steamship Lines as Comptroller of Collingwood Shipyards and subsequently promoted to CFO where he worked until the shipyard closed.  He then worked as Vice President of Finance at Port Weller Dry Docks in St. Catherines until retirement.

An avid sailor, he served as Commodore and Treasurer of the Reef Boat Club.  He ran his first marathon in New York at the age of 50 and founded and organized the Kimberley 10K.  After Noni’s death in 2003, Terry became Treasurer of the renovation of historic Meaford Hall where he later met Liz.  Their wedding on the stage was the first event at the hall.  Later, he was also treasurer of the Meaford Curling Club. Their decade long marriage was filled with sailing, golf, curling and travel. Terry will be missed for his forthright, unpretentious manner and his sarcastic wit.

A visitation will be held at Gardiner-Wilson Funeral home in Meaford on Wednesday, December 30 from 3-5pm and a service will be held at the United Church in Meaford Thursday, December 31 at 11am.  A celebration of life will be held at the home on May 21, 2015 at 2:00pm.  Donations to the Meaford Hall can be made at

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