John  Harris

John Gordon Harris

Saturday, November 15th, 1947 - Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
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John Harris passed away after a sudden heart attack in the early hours of Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 71 years of age. John served with pride, dedication and compassion with the Hamilton Police Service between 1972 and 2012 when he retired as a Patrol Sergeant. Although John worked in various capacities throughout his service, he always had a fondness and cared deeply for the front line. John leaves behind his loving wife Lori and his family. John's large physique was overshadowed only by his kindness and humility. As per John's wishes, there will be no visitation or memorial service. In lieu of flowers, John had often said that he would have appreciated a donation to the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA. He will be missed by all who knew him.
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Bonnie Harris

Posted at 07:56pm
I just found out about john's passing. John was my second cousin. His grandmother Mae was my father's sister Harold Wesley Red. I have memories of John and I playing football on our Aunt Madeline's front yard on Park Boulevard. I wasn't very good at it He used me to practice his tackleing. I'm sure John's and officers and friends will miss him. Our deepest condolences to you Lori from his cousins Ken Newberry, Carolyn Grys and myself Bonnie Harris

Brad Thomson

Posted at 10:24am
John's dad, Gordie, was my mom's cousin. Her name was Betty Taggart, her married name was Thomson. I remember John from the time I was about 4 or 5 years old. John was 14 or 15 at the time. We used to play catch with a football and he was kind enough to get me a small one that my hand could fit around and then he worked with me to help me throw a spiral. John and I went to the same high school, Silverthorn Collegiate in Etobicoke. He played on the football team and I remember when he went to the University of Minnesota to play football on a scholarship. John had a big heart, and was a soft, kind and loving soul. I have fond memories of him, his dad, and his mom who was named Sheena. We were frequent visitors to each other's homes back in the 1960s and into the early to mid 1970s. I am sorry to hear of John's passing, and my condolences go out to his loved ones. When I was a young boy I loved him too.

Danial Cribbs

Posted at 03:04pm
It was with great sadness to learn of the passing of John. It was a pleasure interacting with him when he required my services. To his family, I send my heart felt condolences.

Danial and Jane Cribbs

Robert Rankin

Posted at 10:33am
Back when I joined (1960s) the sergeants were the backbone of the service. Although there have been changes over the years, John was one of the few who embodied the old time standards of fairness, discipline in private, praise in public and giving credit where credit was due. I don't think I ever saw him without a smile on his face or a kindly word on his lips. Our sincere condolences for your loss. He will be missed.

Bob Rankin and Shirley Collins


Scott Moreton

Posted at 11:59am
There is never a time in my life that I did not know the legend that is Sgt John Harris. It started growing up as he was my dad's partner at work for an extended amount of time. Then it went to my time when I started on the job and he was my supervisor on a number of occasions. It was a privilege to have him and my dad present me my sergeant's badge. I'll cherish that photo forever. He was the standard I try to live up to as a police officer. To say it was an honor to have him as part of my life is an understatement to the great man that Sgt Harris was.

Lori - on behalf of all the Moretons my condolences

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