Ed Harris, long-time resident of Key West, passed away peacefully on April 18, 2014.
Born in Steubenville, Ohio on October 24, 1931, Ed earned his Bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University. Following college, he served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army.
After receiving an honorable discharge, Ed spent 22 years working as a writer for the Labor Department of the United States government. He retired from public service in 1979.
For many years, Ed divided his time between Washington D.C. and Key West. He made Key West his official residence in 2002. An avid supporter of the Arts, Ed volunteered for the Tropic Cinema. Many Key West residents recall fondly Ed's weekly delivery of the Tropic flyer.
Ed will be remembered for his sharp wit, warm smile and kind nature. Ed never met a person that he did not want to talk to. His close friend, Tom Makepeace, often said "Ed would stop to talk to a cigar store Indian."
Ed was generous with his time and money giving to those less fortunate. He enjoyed preparing and delivering meals for the MCC church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Jean Harris. Ed is survived by his sister, Jan George, his nephews Mark and David George and his nieces, Lynn Bruder, Susan Edman and Carol Borzi. He has 16 grand-nieces and nephews and 16 great grand-nieces and nephews. Ed's love of all of people is evident in the "family" he assembled in WDC and Key West. He will be missed by his dearest friends Tom Makepeace, Scot Hoard, Mark Hayda, John Jurkowski, Maggie Adams, Jackie Conn, Stu Schippereit, his fellow residents at Lionsgate and his Friday lunch group.
A celebration of Ed's life will take place at La Te Da on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 8:30 p.m.