An Obituary: Ralph Harris

March 22, 2023

Ralph Harris, CMSgt, USAF, Ret., 80, of Bedford peacefully passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023.

Born on May 12, 1942 in Clear Water, Florida and he was the eldest son of Claude and Ida Mae Harris. He graduated from Dale City High School in 1960 and attended Florida A&M University as a running back on a football scholarship. After a football injury, he decided to leave college and enlisted in the United States Air Force.

Ralph Harris

Ralph served in the military for 29 years, ultimately retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant. He was passionate about his military service.

His hobbies included spending time playing and watching football, building model trains and boats, fine dining, and traveling. His career allowed him to travel extensively, and he visited such places as Korea, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Panama, and Curaçao.

He loved spending time with family and friends and would not want to leave home without his trusted companions: Yorkie, Mrs. Jones, or his well-loved Phoebe.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Darick Jeanne Harris (formerly Monroe) of 60 years; daughters Allyssa L. Harris of Houston, TX, Allorria L. Harris and Allanna L. Harris of Bedford, MA. Extended family members include sisters Ernestine Berry of Florida, Rochelle Poinsette of Largo Florida; and adopted sons Armand Boutte, Bruce Moore, and Willy Villanova.

A celebration of life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 5 at the Bedford Funeral Home, 167 Great Rd., Bedford. Military honors will take place at 5 p.m.

The family sincerely thanks everyone for their support and their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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