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Obituary for Paul F. Harris, Jr.

March 9, 1947 - March 6, 2018
Newark, Delaware | Age 70

"Nothing Lasts Forever" F. Urquhart


Paul F. Harris, Jr., age 70, of Newark, DE, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Christiana Hospital. He was born on March 9, 1947 in Charleston, WV, to the late Paul F., Sr., and Virginia Shafer Harris.

A skilled musician, Paul earned his Bachelors Degree from Marshall University, where he was the Drum Major in the marching band. While at Marshall, he was a member of the ZBT Gamma Epsilon Fraternity. He went on to earn his Masters at West Chester University. Passing his love of music to the next generations, Paul taught string instruments at several schools within the Christina School District from which he retired. He also played with the Delaware Symphony and the Newark Symphony. He enjoyed all styles of music but his first love was classical.

Paul enjoyed sailing and taught himself to sail by purchasing a small sunfish sailboat and eventually mastering a 40-foot sloop. He, his wife, and friends could be found sailing the waters of the Chester River and the Chesapeake Bay, enjoying the beauty and serenity of the waterways. He was also a stamp collector and an avid reader and was known for his "Special sense of humor".

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Patricia; brother, Edward Wayne Harris and his wife, Carla, of Crestview, FL; sisters, Patricia Bowman and her husband, Jim, of Richlandtown, PA, Donna Hager and her husband, Keith, of Charleston, WV, and Janie Pierce and her husband, Steve, of New Martinsville, WV; and several nieces and nephews whom he loved as his own.

A Celebration of Paul's Life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, Inc., 122 West Main Street, Newark, DE 19711. Friends and family may visit one-hour prior beginning at 10:00 AM. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution checks can be made to the "Newark Symphony" and sent c/o the funeral home. To send an online condolence, please visit

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122 W. Main Street
Newark, DE 19711
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