On Jan. 8, 2013, our beloved husband and wonderful father took his leave of this world from the final fight of his life.
Raymond (Ray Jay) Harris of Cape Coral passed away from complications involving a cerebral AVM leaving behind his wife, Catherine; six children and 14 grandchildren. Daughter #1, Stacey (Todd) Goddard of Marion, Ohio, have two children; daughter #2, Susan (Christopher) Huffine of Marion, Ohio, have three children; and daughter #3, Shelley Cox and fiance Tim Teets of Richwood, Ohio, share four children. His 4th and 5th daughters and son were his step-children and were always loved as his natural children. Carriann (Christopher) Lane of Washington state have also have three children while son, Alex (Christine) Carlson of Edmond, Okla., have two children, and the youngest daughter, Sarah (Bryan) DeGroot of Muskegon, Mich., share the joys of all the family.
Mr. Harris was well known for volunteer work within the community he and his wife shared whether it was with Hope Hospice, The Fleet Reserve Association or the church he and his wife attended or just folk that he knew would become better friends once they knew he cared. Further to that, he loved to golf and managed the Moose Golf League in Cape Coral for many years.
His working career spanned across several arenas in the course of his life as he spent 29 of his 31 years as a reservist in the U.S. Navy Seabees after having served two active duty tours in Vietnam in the mid-1960s. In his civilian career, he worked for 25 years as a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 189 in Columbus, Ohio, and retired in 1994. He then topped it all off as a designer and field engineer for Jacobs Engineering. He had a great love for travel and he and his beloved wife did much of it together as they both appreciated life, the people and the beauty that the world around them had to offer, but above all else he adored his combined family, loved Jesus and always maintained the true spirit of the Seabee motto which is "Can Do!"
A celebration of his life was held Friday, Jan, 11, at Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd., Cape Coral, with Pastor Wes Furlong officiating.
There will be no interment at this time.
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.