1935 – 2014

WEST PARIS — Michael R. Harris, 79, of Route 108 in Rumford, passed away on Wednesday, April 30, at Ledgeview Living Center following a brief illness.

He was born in South Portland on April 6, 1935, a son of Donald H. and Dora (Gresley) Harris. Mike served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was employed for several years with International Paper Co., and was also a self-employed logger for many years.

After retiring from the logging business, Mike and his wife, Nikki, owned and operated a ceramic shop on Route 108 for 33 years.

He loved working with stained glass and making furniture. Mike also loved the outdoors: hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. He enjoyed sitting on his front porch, waving to all his trucker friends, and his daily visits to McDonald’s.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nicole “Nikki” (Dupuis) Harris, of Rumford; his five children, Michael D. Harris and wife, Debra, of Hartford, Philip Harris and wife, Madeline, of Navarre, Fla., Kimberly Page and husband, Larry, of Crestview, Fla., Dawn Larsen of Farmington and Hans E. Harris of Rumford; a sister, Donna DePhillippo and husband, Rocky, of Windham; five grandchildren, Ryan Harris and wife, Michelle, P.J. Harris, Jenni McMillen and husband, Dan, Zak Carey and Kyle Harris; five great-grandchildren, Dominic, Serenity, Kaitlyn, Natalie and Samuel; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Donald Harris Jr.; a sister, Shirley Fickett; and his grandson, Tyler Larsen.

The family would like to offer a special thank-you to the wonderful staff at Rumford Hospital and Ledgeview Living Center.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family by visiting their guest book at www.SGThibaultFuneralHome.com.

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