American Veteran 06

Walter G. Harris

December 30, 1927 ~ June 16, 2022 (age 94)

Obituary

Walter “Walt” G. Harris, 94, of Guilford, died on June 16, 2022, at Middlesex Hospital. Born in West Haven on December 30, 1927, a son of the late William and Madeline (Neu) Harris. Survived by his most beloved wife of 73 years, Virginia (Tripp) Harris; loving sons James (Jayne) Harris Sr. (Retired Insp. CT States Atty), Donald R. Harris (Retired NoHPD); four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. Additionally preceded in death by brother William Harris, as well as sisters Madeline Abbott, Helen Clancy, and Virginia Marches.

A lifelong resident of West Haven, Walt graduated from West Haven High School and entered the U.S. Navy in February of 1946, proudly serving on the USS Kearsarge. Shortly thereafter he met his bride and they embarked on a wonderful life together. He devoted his career as an engineer to AVCO (Textron) Lycoming, whereby he traveled the world representing the company until his retirement in 1987. Walt believed strongly in service-mindedness and supporting one’s community, as illustrated by his 35-year Christmas tradition of representing Santa Claus through his membership of the Colonial Park Association. He helped form the West Haven Band Parents Association, and was actively involved in the Civitan Club, as well as several other civic organizations. His favored pastimes were spent surrounded by family, particularly in later years attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and spending time at their cottage in New Hampshire. Although Walt has now entered into rest, he will forever remain with those he knew and loved.

Arrangements have been entrusted to West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. Calling hours will take place on Tuesday, June 21st, from 9:30 to 11:30am, at which time a service will commence in the funeral parlor. Interment will immediately follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, West Haven, with full military honors. You may offer an online condolence by visiting www.westhavenfuneral.com.

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Services

Visitation
Tuesday
June 21, 2022

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
West Haven Funeral Home
662 Savin Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516

Funeral Service
Tuesday
June 21, 2022

11:30 AM
West Haven Funeral Home
662 Savin Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516

Interment

Oak Grove Cemetery
871 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516

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