Date Created: 08/18/2014
Last Updated: 08/22/2014

In loving memory of Ralph Junius Harris Sr.
5/25/1930 - 8/10/2014

Location: Belchertown, Massachusetts

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Born May 25, 1930, Ralph Junius Harris Sr - fondly called "Opi," passed Sunday August 10th 2014 at UMASS Memorial Hospital Worcester Massachusetts. At his side was: his wife of 58 years, Bettijean; his daughter Robin; son Ricky; grand-niece Jazzy with her partner "Dee"; his pastor Rev. Steven Wilco of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst MA;and the love, prayers and best wishes of a multitude of others who couldn't be present. Even to your last breath, you kept a smile. You will be missed Opi, but not forgotten.

 
 
 
 

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By: denise amato Monday, September 08, 2014
From: Denise Amato This is the card I gave to Opi (Ralph) on his birthday this year. And in response, he said "this goes in the family album"...once again, reflecting my birthday message. Dear Opi, This is a more... View Entire Memory
By: Edward Hue Cosper Sunday, August 24, 2014
I had just turned 7 years old when I attended Bettijean & Ralph's wedding. Bettijean and I are relatives. Her Mother and my Grandmother are Sisters. And, when I close my eyes I can still remember the wedding. It was... View Entire Memory
By: Julie Beaulieu Thursday, August 21, 2014
I will always remember this talented, intelligent, witty man, whom I am proud to call a friend. He sang, "Happy Birthday," to me at my 40th birthday party in 2010, both in English and German. We also shared his 80th... View Entire Memory
 
 

 
 

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By: Johnnie Jordan Jr. Thursday, January 07, 2016
Mr. Harris, as he was known at the John J. Pershing High School in Detroit, MI, gave his students, myself included, the opportunity to explore genres of music that we would have ordinarily not been exposed to. I so... View Entire Tribute
By: Carol Magrone Friday, August 22, 2014
Junius Junius is the kind of person who commands attention when he purposefully walks into a room and finds his place to settle. You will know him not only by the milk-chocolate color of his skin but also by the... View Entire Tribute
 
 

 
 

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By: MGV und Gemischter Chor Herrstein Thursday, September 11, 2014
Mit großem Bedauern haben wir die Nachricht vom Tod von Ralph Junius Harris SR vernommen. Viele von uns haben ihn noch persönlich gekannt und wir empfinden eine tiefe Trauer um einen tollen Menschen. Er hat oft mit... View Entire Condolence
By: MARY BLACK Friday, August 29, 2014
Aunt Betti, Robin, Rickie, Raplh Jr and Brennen I am so happy to have shared time with you all at Uncle Ralph's bedside a few weeks ago. I am so sorry that I could not be there this weekend, but my love and prayers are... View Entire Condolence
By: Marsha Cole Saturday, August 23, 2014
Betti, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I can only imagine how hard it is to lose your life companion. May God grant you His peace, comfort and love to live out the rest of your days until you are... View Entire Condolence
 
 

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