William R. "Bill" Harris

William R. “Bill” Harris passed away peacefully in his sleep on Aug. 21 in Delray Beach. Mr. Harris shared 65 years of his 89-year lifetime with his beloved wife Dolores Blum Harris, and together they raised a large and loving family that grew to nine children, 17 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
He was born in Canton, Ill., in 1923 to parents George Warren Harris and Lulu (Rumler) Harris. Mr. Harris had three sisters, Addie, Bernadine, and Luella (deceased) and is survived by his brother, Warren Harris of Canton. An athletic youth, Mr. Harris excelled in baseball and hockey. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps to serve in the Pacific Theatre for more than three years during World War II. He survived the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and served in the occupation of Japan after the Armistice. Mr. Harris returned home after honorable discharge from the service and began a long career with Illinois Bell Telephone. He met his true love and married Dolores Blum in 1947. Mr. Harris rose from lineman to management while working for Illinois Bell, most of those years located in Springfield. But despite his demanding work schedule, he always found time for his family. “Dad”, as he was known to his children, was their coach in both sports and in life. He was always very involved with each of his childrens’ activities and interests. After retiring from Illinois Bell in 1978, he moved his family from Springfield to Boca Raton, where he worked for Blums of Boca for more than 20 years. He was active with the Kiwanis Club of Boca during this time. Mr. Harris retired from Blum’s in 1998 and spent his golden years in the cherished company of his large family. Along with his wife, Dolores, other survivors include sons William II, David, Douglas, John and Patrick, and daughters Ruthanne, Martha, and Carolyn. Beloved daughter Mary Beth and grandson Tony Rice are deceased. His fifth daughter Annamarie died in childbirth.
A memorial mass celebrating the life of Mr. Harris will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. at Saint Marks Catholic Church, 643 N.E. 4th Ave., Boynton Beach. Condolences may be posted on his Tribute website at the address


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