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James "Jay" Andrew Harris
August 27, 1983 - September 29, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">HARRIS, James (Jay) Andrew <br>August 27, 1983 - September 29, 2016 <br> <br>It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, James (Jay) Harris on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the age of 33 years. We know of no one who has suffered so much and fought so hard for his wellness. <br> <br>James will be forever loved by his 6 year old son, Jason, his mother, Gail Evans, his sister, Melissa Harris, his father, Brent Harris (Yvonne), his maternal grandmother, Marie Lacroix, his paternal grandfather, Joe Harris, and extended family and many friends. James will be remembered for his gentle spirit, his kindness, honesty and perseverance. <br> <br>James had a passion for rock/ice climbing and mountain biking and eagerly awaited the opportunity to share his love of extreme sports with his friends. James also obtained his accreditation in scuba diving and life saving. He excelled in skiing; always challenging others to a race to the bottom of the mountain … he always won! At the age of 21 he was drawn to the beauty of the West Coast, where he spent over a year working as an electrical apprentice and became a member of the International Brotherhood of Electricians and enjoyed cruising the oceanside in his little, 20hp aluminium boat. Nature’s serenity was a source of great peace for him. <br> <br>His love for his six year old son, Jason, was evident. It was fun to hear the laughter and screams coming from the basement as James and Jason played tirelessly. Many an afternoon was spent in the park and T-ball became their favourite sport. Memories were made during their visit to Heritage Park, where James encouraged Jason to experience the thrill of the many rides and carousel swings. James said that Jason was the best thing that ever happened to him. <br> <br>As a friend, he was loyal, supportive and forgiving. He expressed an innate compassion for those in need, such as giving virtually all his clothes to the people he had met at the Salvation Army; volunteering his time and energy through Samaritan’s Purse to help those affected by the Fort McMurray disaster. Helping those who had lost everything was a great source of happiness for James, even when it was at the expense of his own health. He could not tolerate the unfair treatment of others, a trait that even extended to animals, such as the time he rescued a bull dog that was being confined inhumanely. Even after the dog bit James on meeting him, James took the dog into his home to nurture and care for him. <br> <br>James was forthright in his relationships with others. He was thoughtful and expressed his views honestly and clearly, leaving no question as to how he saw things. He tackled work and personal challenges with determination and hard work. He was hopeful and undaunted in his search for career opportunities, always coming up with new ideas that might bring him success. <br> <br>His relationship with Pastor Ray and the community at First Alliance Church was a great comfort to him. James actively grew in his faith and sought to know the saving power of his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. <br> <br>James left this world on the Catholic Feast Day of Archangels St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael. On the wings of the angels we surely believe that he is now in the arms of his Beloved Lord…Forever wrapped in love and peace. <br> <br>James’ family wishes to express our gratitude for the sustaining prayer support and numerous acts of kindness from friends, the AARC Alumni, and relatives during this time of grieving. <br> <br>A Celebration of Life will be held at First Alliance Church (12345 40th Street, SE) on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. <br> <br>A Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church (1307 14th Street, SW) on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so prior to Mass. <br> <br>Memorial contributions may be made in James’ memory to an Educational Fund that has been set up for his son Jason., here's the link: <br> <br> <br> <br></div>