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Date of Passing: Apr 23, 2023

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Harris on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at Seven Oaks Hospital.

John was a much loved father to Colleen (Brian) Harris, Randy (Karen) Harris, Eleanor (Harry) Fritschy, Sylvia (Cliff) Clement, Cindy (Henry) Suyker, Gwen (Bill) Van Dorp, Kathy (Doug) Gullickson, Reg (Marg) Harris, Monica Ablonczy (Del Nikoleychuk), and Karen (Jack) Halma.

He was a much loved grandfather to Kelsey (Kevin) Clelland, Brenley (Harold) Herdt, Phil (Amy) Harris, Andrea Harris, Tara Fritschy, Nikki (Scott) Walker, Michelle (Matt) Buckle, Melinda (Daniel) Gwozdzinski, Marissa Fritschy, Justine (Kellan) Shields, Ted Bakkum, Adam Van Dorp, Clint (Darcy) Van Dorp, Jolene Van Dorp, Erica (Tyler) Ray, Corinne Harris, Sam (Jenn) Harris, Kirsten Ablonczy, Tannis (Taylor) Sloane, Lindsay Ablonczy, Kristina (Jesse) Guerette, Courtney Halma, James (Leah) Halma, and Joel (Carina) Halma. In addition, he was blessed with 24 great-grandchildren.

John was predeceased by his siblings, Bill, Henry, Teenie, Mary, Nick, Margaret, Gertie, Jack and George (Joe). He was also predeceased by his first wife of 50 years, Evelyn Ruth Harris (nee Dornbush).

Along with his own children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, John was loved and will be missed by his second wife of 15 years, Trudy (nee Smith), and her children, Peggy (David) Loewen, Wendy (Ron) Kroeker, Karen (Brent) Hirst, Jeffry (Tracy) Erhardt and their families.

A memorial service for John will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at Covenant Christian Reformed Church, 653 Knowles Ave., Winnipeg. A private family interment will take place prior to the memorial service. The Service will be livestreamed, and available at:

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the Calvin Christian School Supplementary Fund.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 27, 2023

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Dear Colleen, Eleanor, Randy and family We are sad to see such a great man leave this world but know your dad is at rest, a peace that he would welcome. Recently my mom, Marty Slyker and I met while walking on the sidewalk in front of Donwood. Your Dad quipped, “watch your speed on the curves”, a friendly and funny greeting which made our mom laugh. He was warm and generous like that. Many other accolades of his academics will resonate with many of his students and coworkers. I knew him to be a fine, well respected gentleman. He will be sadly missed by so many who knew him. (We’re sorry not to be able to be at the service today) Ted and Linda Winia - Posted by: Ted and Linda Winia (Friend of family) on: Apr 29, 2023

  • John Harris was my all time favourite teacher! He had a great sense of humour, was wise, and encouraged us spread our wings. He will be missed. I have many fond memories of him. Condolences to his family! - Posted by: Leonard Hordijk (Former student) on: Apr 28, 2023

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