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November 5, 1942 January 15, 2019
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Obituary for Bernard John Harris Jr – January 15, 2019
Bernard “Bernie” John Harris Jr, of Montgomery, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. He was born in Spokane, Washington, on November 5, 1942, to the late Bernard John Harris Sr. and Dorothy A. (Ettenborough) Harris. He was preceded in death by his sister Anniemarie Harris. He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Patricia (Fisk) Harris; daughters Heather K. Harris-Aguirre (Gabriel) and Holly (Harris) Duke (Forrest); brother Jim Harris (Margie) and sister Fran Harris; grandchildren Lucy, Reese, Campbell, Bo, and Emme; and 10 nieces and nephews.
Bernie attended high school in Spokane, Washington, attending North Central High School and Shadle Park High School. In September, 1962, Bernie and Pat married. Bernie graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1964. Bernie was awarded his Professional Engineer certification in Washington State in 1969, and earned his Masters of Business Administration degree at Seattle University, graduating in 1985. Finally, Bernie was an inductee of the Order of the Engineer, proudly wearing the ring of the engineer until his passing.
Bernie’s first career job was with Western Union, which he started in 1964. In 1968, Bernie started working for General Telephone & Electronics (GTE) as an electrical engineer designing telephone and relay towers. In 1986, Bernie and his family moved from Everett, Washington, to Shelton, Connecticut when GTE transferred him to GTE International Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, to represent the company in international standards bodies. In 1989, GTE transferred Bernie to Worldwide Telephone Headquarters in Irving, Texas. Bernie finished out his 33 year career with GTE as the Director of Industry Standards and retired in 2001. After his early retirement from GTE, Bernie worked for a year with Delta Airlines. He then went on to become a private pilot with commercial and instrument ratings. He was a second lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol and volunteered as a pilot for Angel Flight.
Bernie enjoyed hiking, camping, hunting, canoeing, fishing, shooting, skiing, and many many other hobbies through his life. His last years were spent with Pat filling up their bucket list and included several trips and cruises, internationally and around the United States. Ultimately, Texas was home to Bernie and he always said “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.”
Dates and locations of memorial services being planned at this time remain to be set.
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A memorial to celebrate the life of Bernie will be held at 2 pm on March 1, 2019 at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in the Robb Chapel. 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. Reception to follow.

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