Robert Francis Harris, Jr - Bob, fondly called Uncle Bob by many, passed away on July 1, 2021 at the age of 80 at Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC. His battle with serious medical issues in recent years showed his courage in facing life challenges with a smile and sense of humor. His will to live and desire to celebrate life with family and friends never waned.
Bob was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1940 to Mary & Robert Harris. Mary re-married Samuel Harrigan and moved to Lindenhurst, NY where she raised her 4 children Bob, Regina, Mike and Sam.
In August 1959 Bob joined the Airforce and was stationed in Plattsburg, NY where he met his one true love. In 1965 Bob married Maryanna and they started their life together in Selden NY.
Bob joined the Suffolk County Police department where he served in several precincts across Suffolk County including the 6th, 5th, and 3rd.
After purchasing land in 1970 in Wading River NY, Bob recruited his family and friends and began construction on the family home, which still remains in the family.
Bob retired from the Suffolk County Police Department as a lieutenant and began his electrical career. Eventually starting a company, Omega Electric, with his son Bobby. They worked side by side for 30 years. After spending 15 years in Stamford CT, they joined the team of Aerial Electric and began their journey as travelling electricians. One of the smartest men you’d ever meet, he was humble, generous, and kind hearted. He left his mark in many cities, taverns and pubs along the east coast. He had a special way about him and will be long remembered by many.
He is survived by ex-wife Maryanna Harris-Larsen of Calverton, NY. His children Kathleen Scarbrough and her husband Eric, Barbara Gallagher and her husband Rob and his son Robert Harris, his 5 grand-children Sean, Sarah, Emily, Rachel and Shane, his siblings Regina Jensen and her husband Ed, Mike Harrigan and his wife Susan, his nephews and nieces, Eddie Jensen and his wife Jeanne, Nancy McNally, Jill, Ann & Amy Jensen, Mike Harrigan and his wife Amy, Tim Harrigan, Lisa Dittman and her husband Mike, Shannon Harrigan Loo and her husband Keola, and Patrick Harrigan.
He is predeceased by his brother Samuel Harrigan and his niece Karen Jensen.
Memorial Service: Sunday July 11, 2021 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm
Alexander Rothwell Funeral Home
Wading River, NY
Funeral Service: Monday July 12 at. St. John the Baptist Church at 11
1488 N. Country Rd.
Wading River, NY
Burial: Calverton National Cemetery
For more information 631.929.4111
Memorial donations can be made in honor of Bob to:
The Gary Sinise Foundation or the Fischer House
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