David Harris

Obituary of David Kenneth Harris

David Kenneth Harris March 8, 1965 – July 21, 2019 Sadly, on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at the St. Boniface Hospital, David Harris, aged 54 years, passed after a courageous and valiant battle with cancer. Besides his loving partner Kathy, David is survived by his two children Colton and Courtney; mother Doreen (Doug); brothers Dan (Wendy); Jack, and Patrick (Melanie); sisters Kelly (Mike) and Rosemarie along with numerous aunts, uncles nieces and nephews. David was pre-deceased by his grandparents, and his father William Edward Harris in 1981. David was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and in his early years moved with his family to Hazelridge where he enjoyed living on the farm. He and his family moved back to Winnipeg for a few years before they headed west to reside in Courtney, BC. After the passing of his father William, David and his family returned to Winnipeg where David graduated from high school at John Taylor Collegiate and Auto Mechanics at Red River Community College. Family meant everything to David and he loved them dearly. He was especially proud of his two children and often talked about their accomplishments whether it was Ukrainian dancing, music, or their careers. Prior to his illness, David was employed in the automotive industry including auto parts, small engine repair and automotive repair. He had a passion for anything mechanical, especially cars (his or others) and had the uncanny ability to diagnose and resolve any auto issue by merely listening to the sound it was making. David was very well connected throughout the automotive community, always knowing where to get parts for and fix any vehicle no matter what make or model. His pride and joy over his past few years was working, alongside family and friends, to fully restore his “Z” car. His goal appeared to be, “how can I make this car break the sound barrier and still stay together.” David loved being active and had a variety of different interests and hobbies. One of his favorite memories was flying model airplanes with his dad and the time they spent together. David loved to cook/bbq and would often create his own recipes, or work on improvising others he liked from a restaurant or on television (his favorite spice…oregano. It went into pretty much everything). He loved bowling in his league at St. James Lanes and playing pool with his team SHAZZAMM!! at Smitty’s in Westwood. During the summer he enjoyed gardening, baseball, fishing, jet skiing and bonfires (fondly earning the nickname, “Nanook of the North” for his great ability to light them, the first time). David was very outgoing, had a great sense of humor and very few escaped his practical jokes. He was a sensitive soul and willing to help family and friends, no matter what time of the day or night. David, you were taken from us far too soon. You will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed, more than words can express and will be forever be carried in our hearts and memories.
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