James L. Harris

  • Died: April 2, 2019
  • Location: Salem, Massachusetts

The O'Donnell Funeral Home

O'Donnell Funeral Home
84 Washington Square, Salem, MA 01970

Tel. (978) 744-2350

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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SALEM – Mr. James L. Harris 76, of Salem, beloved husband of the late Louise (Ovens) Harris, died Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Salem Hospital.

Born in Beverly, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Mary (Harvey) Harris. He was raised and educated in Rockport and was a graduate of Rockport High School.

An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country as a member of the United States Airforce during the Vietnam War. Following his service to his country, he earned his college degree on the G.I. Bill.

Mr. Harris had been employed as a supervisor with Northeast Family institute and Center Point for many years. He had also been associated with the former Danvers State Hospital as a Supervisor.

A loving husband and father, James was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 18 in Salem. He was an avid Fisherman, who was a passionate Boston Red Sox fan, rarely missing a game on TV. Above all else he was devoted to his family and loved his grandchildren, he will be deeply missed.

James is survived by his daughters, Wendy Harris-Boulay and her husband William and her significant other Kenneth Ralphs all of Salem and Christine Harris and her significant other Matthew Mackey of Salem and his 7 grandchildren. He was the brother of the late David Richard Harris.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral services are private. Assisting the family with the arrangements is The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem. Donations in James' memory may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, Ma 01923. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com

Condolence & Memory Journal

He was a great man he will deeply be missed

Posted by Debbir Mertsch - Salem, MA - Friend   April 21, 2019

Dad So many memories and so many good times. The last 7 years we have grown the closest because it was the last few years that you became my good friend, my rock, my everything. You put up a good fight but you can rest easy now and go be with Mom and your parents. I will be loving and missing you forever RIP Love Always, Christabella

Posted by Christine Harris - Salem, MA - Family   April 10, 2019

We had a lot of good times that I remember so well. Enjoyed getting to know you again very much. Love you. You will be missed very much.

Posted by Glena Waterhouse - EAST WATERBORO, ME, ME - Family   April 06, 2019

Thoughts and prayers are with Jim's family. With Deepest Sympathy
Lovingly, Judi Harris and family

Posted by Judith Harris - Rockport, MA - Family   April 04, 2019

Dad, more than words can say.... you gave me so much, you taught me to fish how to yell at the t.v. my live for the Red Soxs and more memories than i can count. Your love for the grandchildren how proudly you spoke of them. Seeing your face light up when Sabrina would stroll in and you two Greed games. Ill be okay but you already knew that or you wouldnt of left. Give Mum kisses forever your little girl Wendy

Posted by Wendy Boulay - Peabody, MA - Family   April 04, 2019

Miss You Already

Posted by Wendy Boulay - Peabody, MA - Family   April 04, 2019

Family Album

Community Photos

Dad in his new car year and a half ago flipping me the bird lmao
Me and Dad at the CC celebrating my 40th bday 2015
4th of July cookout at Matt's with Chrissie, Jen Leedham and Dad flipping the bird as usual lol
Out in the Rocport waters with Judy Harris

Community Photos

Dad Belly Roll laughing down the Aoh with the Gang lol
Dad and Matt. Poker night at our house with the gang