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Peter Wayne Harris
April 7, 1943 ~ September 5, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Peter Wayne Harris, a beloved brother, father, grandfather, and cherished member of the San Diego, California community. Peter, aged 80, passed away on September 5th, 2023, after a valiant and unwavering battle with cancer. He was born on April 7, 1943, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, the youngest child of Leroy “Smokey” Harris and Ethel “Bammy” Hopkins Harris. His two oldest siblings, now deceased, were Richard Harris and Betty Lou Kent.
Peter's life was one filled with love, laughter, and a legacy of kindness that touched the hearts of all who were fortunate to know him. He is survived by his sisters, Dianne Legros and Judith Horgan of Lunenburg, Massachusetts, his devoted wife Diane, three children, Brian, Scott, and Kathleen, who were a constant source of pride and joy for him. His three adored grandchildren, Kristin, Benji, and Kai, held a special place in his heart, and their memories with their "Papa" will forever be cherished. He treasured his countless nieces, nephews, and cousins, for family was his most precious blessing.
From a young age, Peter displayed exceptional athletic prowess, particularly on the basketball court, where he shone as a star player. His remarkable talent earned him recognition and admiration throughout his life. Peter graduated from Lunenburg High School in 1961, leaving behind a legacy of athletic excellence and camaraderie that remains a testament to his character.
Following his graduation, Peter enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served from 1961-1964. He spent his time in the USAF as a draftsman with the 3561st Student Squadron earning high praise and countless commendations from his superiors. His service exemplified his commitment to his country and his unwavering dedication to making a positive impact wherever he went. It was during this time that he demonstrated the same perseverance and determination that he later exhibited in his courageous battle against cancer.
Peter's life was defined by a remarkable career in the Heating and Cooling industry, spanning an impressive 44 years. His dedication to his work and his commitment to providing comfort to countless homes and businesses showcased his unwavering work ethic and commitment to excellence.
Peter will be remembered not only for his athletic prowess, military service, and career but also for his profound kindness, compassion, and intelligence. He possessed an innate ability to make those around him feel heard, valued, and loved. His warm smile could light up any room, and his presence brought comfort to those in need. His friends and family will forever treasure the countless memories they shared with Peter, and his legacy of kindness will continue to inspire and uplift all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Rest in peace, Peter. You will be deeply missed, but your love and warmth will endure in the hearts of all who were fortunate to call you a friend, brother, husband, father, and papa.