It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we, the family, announce the sudden passing of our Dad, poppy, great grand poppy, brother, cousin and friend to all, Aubrey Lloyd Harris, age 71, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, after a brief illness.
Born on June 7, 1948 in Louisbourg, Aubrey was the son of the late Lloyd Harris and Catherine (Beaver) Harris. Dad started work at a young age at Hopkins fish plant and then had an opportunity to take part in the reconstruction of Fortress Louisbourg. He left the fortress and went to work at Lewis & Company. After the closure of Lewis & Company he returned to the fortress as a blacksmith where he currently worked and had planned to retire in March 2020.
From a young age Dad was a very active volunteer in and around Louisbourg with many years coaching Louisbourg little league, flooding the town rinks, being a charter member of the Louisbourg Lions Club, probation officer, ambulance attendant and he served over 50 years as a member of the Louisbourg Fire Department. One of his biggest prides was his role in the annual Louisbourg Crab Fest where he was an undeniable pillar and could always be found with a big smile around the crab pots.
Throughout the years as a man wearing many hats in and around the community, Dad met and made thousands of friends, who are all sure to have their own story of Dad’s kind character and good nature. He always wanted to do the little favours for people and groups but remain anonymous as he never wanted to take credit for helping people out.
Dad was a proud family man and cherished his wife, Patsy and their kids, grandkids and great grandkids. He enjoyed going to Red Cup, chase the ace, spending time with his friends at Beavers transfer for weekly meetings, pool at Branch 62, weekend drives in the white Impala, and relaxing on his back step at home with a drink of Lambs amber.
As many of you know, Dad was happiest with Mom when they would ride his Gold Wing and in later years go for drives and walked the lighthouse and old town trails. The two would often be seen sitting together somewhere on the trail in the red chairs. He unexpectedly lost Mom on July 9, 2019, they would have been married 50 years on July 26, 2019.
Dad is survived by his son, Jason (Tanya); daughters, Jocelyn (Matthew Horne), Janice and Joanne; sister, Ruth (John Berlett) in British Columbia; grandchildren, Justin (Sarah) Katie, Ireland, Jonathan (Shelby), Julianna and Jayne; great grandchildren, Allie, Emily, Cory and Chloe as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was also a very dear and close friend of many years to Davey Wadden (otherwise known as Dad’s number 1 son).
At this time, we the family are finding some comfort in knowing that mom and dad are finally back together again. We all know how much he longed to be with her.
Visitation for the late Aubrey Harris will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Stella Maris Church in Louisbourg from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 11 am at Stella Maris Church, Louisbourg with Father Evo DiPierro officiating.
Interment will take place at a later date.
Memorials in Aubrey’s memory may be made to the Stella Maris cemetery fund.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
“Come aboard and bring your dory” and “I’ll see you off of Scaterie” -Aubrey Harris
Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing,he was a wonderful neighbor across the street growing up.Your Dad and Mom were so sweet,they were a Blessing to all.You are in our prayers.
From: Cheryl Bagnell
My condolences to the Harris family on your loss. I knew the Harris family from our summers on brickyard road and enjoyed the family gatherings and fun! Memories like those will remain with you always and comfort you.
From: Marion (Whitty) Macmillan
IT WITH SAD HEART TO READ OF AUBREYS PASSING NEW HIM FROM MY TIME AROUND BEAVERS TRANSFER HE WAS A FINE MAN RIP
From: FARLEY HUNTINGTON
my sympathy and condolence to the family.i knew your father and grandfather for years,we went to school together.
From: Frances Hurley
So very sorry for your loss. I will always be grateful for his help when Dad (Kippy) was sick.
From: Patsy Shaw
We are so very saddened to hear of Aubrey’s passing. Always welcoming, always a smile, always a joke, always willing to lend a hand, always kind. Our deepest condolences to the family and wishes of peace during this difficult time.
From: Heather & Barry (Wheeliker-Magee)
Danielle and I are very sorry for your loss. Both Aubrey and Patsy were kind friends to us, greeting us as I took Danielle for outings in her wheelchair. Often we were treated with Lindor chocolates, Danielle’s favourites, from these two special people. We’ll always remember them as we enjoy the peace and beauty along Louisbourg’s trails.
From: Toby Morris
sorry for your loss
From: Robert MacIntyre
So sorry for your loss Harris Family. He was a great man. I remember meeting both of your parents when I was in university with Jocelyn,I came to Louisburg to visit and they both were so welcoming to me. Hugs to all of you.
From: Rachel MacLean
Jason and all extended family. Your dad, poppy, & father-in-law always made me feel welcomed into the community of Louisbourg. Not being from Louisbourg he made me feel at home and would come right over and have a chat with me. I truly appreciated his kindness. He was a gem and a handsome one at that. May your fond memories and time ease the pain. Loosing both parents so close together is a big loss. Thinking of all of you in the days ahead. Sincerely , Jo-Ann MacDonald Albert Bridge.
From: Jo-Ann MacDonald
Jason & Family, So sorry to learn of your fathers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. May God Bless
From: Aubrey & Ann Shepard
Aubrey will be missed in ours and everyone else’s world. He would regularly visit the Coast Guard Station in Louisbourg, where he would quite often deliver cakes, pies or sweets baked by Patsy. He always had a story to tell. RIP my friend. Until we meet again. Always a pleasure.
So sorry for your loss it has been tough year for your family. Our thoughts are with you and all family
Deepest Sympathy to Aubreys family our thoughts are with you at this time. Lov e and hugs from Wayne and Nancy Dickie
So sorry to hear this RIP
So sorry to hear of Aubrey’s passing our condolences to his family.
Sincere condolences to the Harris family. Aubrey was a welcome visitor at Coast Guard Station Louisbourg, with his offerings of humour, and edible goodies. He also made me, a mainlander:) feel welcome during my time working in Louisbourg from
2011 to 2019. I’ll miss him.
It is with great sadness and regret that we learn of Aubrey’s passing. Your Dad was an exceptional man and will be truly missed. We trust that with the support of family and friends you will get through this most difficult time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God Bless one and all.
we are so sorry to hear about Aubreys passing. Aubrey and I were very close friends during our school years and although life took us our separate ways we did remain close friends. I had more fun and laughs with Aubrey then I can possibly remember, from sliding on his toboggan in winter to bike riding in the summer and playing pool in Lloyds pool room after school there was never a dull moment when you were with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry we can’t be with you at this times as we are away. Treasure your memories.
Jason and family, I am very sorry for your loss.
Bert and Maurina Lewis, Port Hawkesbury
Sending my condolences to the family. Aubrey was a good man and will be well remembered. RIP Aubrey.
David and I want to express our most sincere condolences for your loss. Rest now Aubrey!
To the Harris and Baldwin families my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Your memories will always be in your hearts.
So sorry for your loss. I remember him went we were teenagers. He was lot of fun. Remember your grandparent so much. I rent our 1 apt from Your grandfather behind the pool room. Your father spent a lot of time at my parents place a long time ago.. thinking of you all at this time. Wanda (Pitcher) Boisvert.
I am saddened to read of Aubrey’s passing. The family are in my prayers.
My sincerest condolences to Aubrey’s family. He was a most kind and generous man. Never one to let rules get in the way of doing what was right.
To Aubrey,s children and sister Ruth ,my deepest sympathy and condolence. I went to school with your father .
To the Harris Family:
Our sincere condolences at this time of sorrow. We know the pain is real however we know people pass and leave this world but the memories they leave behind always remain. The lives they touched and the kindness they shared remains forever. May God bless and comfort you.
Your thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
To Aubrey’s children and family,
We were so sorry to hear of Aubrey’s passing. Harold has many fond memories of Aubrey at the Fortress. Aubrey was a wonderful, kind man.
In our thoughts and prayers,
Harold and Irene Antle
Sorry for your loss Jason and family. I have great memories of him coming to watch the Portland Estates crew play in the Vince Ryan Tournament and of the great BBQ he co- hosted. Thanks for sharing your father with us all. Take care.
So sorry to hear the passing of Aubrey. Our condolences & thoughts and prayers to the family. RIP Aubrey
I am so sorry to learn of Aubrey’s passing . I remember him from school years , he was always a lot of fun. I have been gone from Louisbourg for over fifty years but having read all the ways he was able to volunteer his time and talents , he obviously made this world a much better place .
We are so sad to hear of Aubrey’s death. He was such a good friend and always a lot of fun. We always enjoyed seeing him and have such great memories of your father and your mother.Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.
I am so sorry for your loss. My memories of Aubrey make me smile. He was a classy gent and with his wife Patsy by his side made a beautiful couple. They were both involved in the town of Louisbourg and when I went home in the summer, I would always see them. They were always friendly. Louisbourg will miss Aubrey just as they missed Patsy almost a year ago. I know my sister Betty will be sad. Take care, blessings and you are in my prayers today!
Please accept our deepest condolences on Aubrey’s passing to all the members of the Harris and extended family. Willie worked with Aubrey at the Park, and will always remember Aubrey’s humour and friendliness. And of course, the whole community remembers him in his many volunteer activities. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and know that our thoughts and our prayers are with you at this sad and most difficult time.
Janice, so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Reading the obituary, I feel Aubrey was an exemplary model of how one should serve their community. He has set the bar high for sure.
Aubrey Harris was a very special Man full of kindness, and a good friend He will be missed but never forgotten. My sincere condolences to Jason and family.