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Thomas William Harris


January 30, 2019


Thomas William Harris, 85, of Danville, PA passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville PA.  He was born April 24, 1933 in Danville PA the son of the late Thomas W. and Alice A. Smedley Harris.

He graduated from Danville High School in 1951.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Barbara Hulsizer Harris. They were married on December 8, 1951.

Thomas was employed for 38 years at Kennedy Van Saun in Danville as a machine operator, supervisor and salesman until they closed.  He also worked as a consultant with Chalmers and Kubeck, until his retirement at 62. 

He was an active and lifetime member of St. Paul’s Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Danville where he served faithfully as Treasurer, in the choir and chef in the kitchen cooking for numerous events.

He was an honorary member of the Big Rock Rod and Gun Club, NRA and was the founder of the Blue Hill Hunting Club.

Thomas was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing.  He was an excellent athlete in baseball and many other sports which he thoroughly enjoyed.  One of his greatest joys was watching and following his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their participation in their many interests and sports.  He was very well known as a spirited, fun loving man with a great sense of humor and many thought of him as an “unpaid comedian”.  His family, whom he adored, was at the heart of all he did and gave him tremendous delight in his lifetime.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons; Thomas W. Harris, Jr and his wife Lori and Joseph F. Harris and his wife Maria; all of Danville PA and two daughters; Linda D. Harris Hoover and her husband Thomas of Bloomsburg PA and Beth A. Harris Campbell and her husband Gregg of Danville PA.  Also surviving are 11 grandchildren; Amy, Brian, Tommy John, Christopher, Benjamin, Hanna, Paige, Joey, Lauren, Joanna and Adam as well as eight great-grandchildren; Masy, T.J., Lexi, Cody, Lorelie, Morgan, Joel and Holly.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews including his nephew, Allan.

He was preceded in death by two sisters; Anna Mae Gearhart and Laura Harris.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Thomas’s Life on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM at St. Paul’s Emmanuel United Methodist Church 417 Pine Street Danville PA with Pastor Greg Molter officiating. Friends will be received from 11:00 until 12:45 PM.  Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family will provide flowers.  To honor and remember Tom, do what he did best…….love and cherish your family and remember that time spent with family is the greatest blessing of all.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home 42 W Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821. www.visneski.com

 


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