Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Chancel Choir Mourns Loss - Dr. George Harris
The Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church mourns the loss of George P. Harris, M.D., who passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at Covenant HealthCare – Cooper. He was 79 years old.
George P. Harris was born on September 16, 1932, in Bay City, to the late George and Catherine (Phillips) Harris. He married Marion E. McGuire in 1956; she preceded him in death in 1973. Dr. Harris married Laurelynne Daniels later, on August 23, 1973; she survives him. George was a 1950 graduate of Bay City Central. Following high school, he attended Northwestern University, where he graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor’s Degree. He then attended medical school at the University of Michigan, where he graduated in 1958. Dr. Harris proudly served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force; he served as a flight surgeon from 1959-1961. He then attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison from 1961-1964 completing his residency in radiology. Dr. Harris was a fellow of the American College of Radiology.
Surviving are his wife, Laurelynne; three sons: Geoffrey (Lisa) Harris of Traverse City, Christopher Harris of Bay City, Timothy Harris of Saginaw; a daughter-in-law, Sandy Harris; ten grandchildren; one great grandchild; three sisters and one brother: Susan Harris, Sally Suomela, Katie (John) Ogden and Don (Jane) Harris.
Dr. Harris’ funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2011, at First Congregational Church, 403 S. Jefferson Ave. Rev. Dr. Todd S. Farley will officiate. Military honors will follow under the auspices of VFW Post # 1859. Private burial will take place on Monday at Elm Lawn Cemetery, Bay City.
Friends are welcome to visit with Dr. Harris’ family at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Rd. (off State) on Friday, December 2, 2011, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday at the church, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Organ Fund - First Congregational Church or the Luke Reed IDAA Scholarship Fund.
George sung in the Chancel Choir since 1972.