CROZET, VA. — Robert Cleveland Harris, 88, passed into eternity on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at his home in Crozet, Va. He was a longtime resident of New York state in the Unadilla and Syracuse-Oneida areas.
Born on June 17, 1924 ,in Weehawken, N.J., to Stanley C. and Adelia Root Harris, Robert spent many summers at his grandfather’s home in Unadilla and grew to love the countryside.
At the age of 19, Robert entered the military and served with the U.S. 1st Army in the antiaircraft artillery. He was stationed in the European theater, and his service included the Normandy invasion and Battle of the Bulge. After the war ended, Robert entered Alfred University, College of Ceramics, Alfred. He became employed by Scintilla/Bendix Corp. in Sidney, as a project engineer in ceramics and earned seven patents during his career. On July 5, 1952, he married Florence Jane Clark and they lived in Unadilla for nearly 30 years. After retirement from Bendix, Robert worked for General Electric in Liverpool for five years as project engineer in sonar.
Robert was active in their local churches, enjoyed fishing, hunting, hiking, canoeing, photography, traveling and keeping in touch with friends and family. Many good times were shared at their summer home on Wellesley Island, Fineview and in the Adirondacks. He advocated responsible use and conservation of natural resources and enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren the fine art of fishing, instilling an appreciation for the outdoors.
Robert is survived by his beloved wife Jane, and three daughters and sons-in-law: Laureen and Daniel FitzGerald, North Rose; Pamela and James Lett, Columbus, Ohio; and Patti and Bradley Perks, Crozet, Va.; grandchildren: Julie FitzGerald, Heather F. (and Paul) Pat, Jonathan (and Amy) Lett, Jameson (and Crystal) Lett, Suzanne Lett, Lauren Lett, Stephen Perks and David Perks; four great-grandchildren: Sovanna and Asher Pat, and Noble and Henning Lett. He enjoyed close relationships with extended family members.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Harris was predeceased by an infant daughter, Barbara Grace; one brother, John R. Harris, and a sister, Rachel Harris.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Timothy McLaughlin and Legacy Hospice for their care and support. Donations in Robert’s memory may be made to Community Hospices of America Foundation, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 180, Charlottesville, VA, 22911. A memorial reception is planned for later this spring in New York state.