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Albert Charles Harris, 71, died July 12, 2014, at his home in Dennis after a three-year battle with cancer.
He was the husband of Susan Vaughn Harris.
He was born March, 2, 1943, in Buffalo, NY, to Earl and Helen (Gauger) Harris, grew up in Rome, NY, graduated from Rome Free Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Buffalo.
He lived in Manchester, CT., for nearly 40 years where he was manager of the Carousel gift store, Connecticut sales representative for Parmenter and Till Associates and co-owner of Old Colony Lighting. He later was manager of Edgartown Art Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard, and most recently a bus driver for Cape Cod Regional Transit.
In Connecticut, Al also was a founder and active member of Unitarian Universalist Society: East, Manchester, elected member of the Manchester Board of Education, president of the Manchester Historical Society, president of the Glastonbury Unitarian Fellowship, and president of the Bicentennial Bandshell Committee. Since coming to Cape Cod in 2008, he was active in the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth, most recently as treasurer, and a member of the Yarmouth Newcomers’ men’s book club. His interests included theater and the arts, historical touring and family genealogy, photography, gardening and reading.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Harris of Mount Sydney, VA.; a brother, Earl Harris and his wife, Deborah, of Rome, N.Y.; two stepchildren and their spouses, Jeanne and Anant Sananikone of Sterling, VA, and Matthew and Suzanne Vaughn of Lake Forest, IL.; seven grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Frank Basile and Dr. Robert McAnaw and the oncology staff at Cape Cod Hospital for their special care of Al.
A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Church of Barnstable, 3330 Main St. (Route 6A), Barnstable, at 3 p.m. July 22 followed by a reception. A private burial will be at Unitarian Universalist Society: East in Manchester.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Cultural Center of Cape Cod: 307 Old Main St., designate for Education Wing, South Yarmouth, MA, 02664.