CAMDEN — Gordon Reeby Harris, passed away in the early morning hours of Nov. 19, 2022, soon after his family had been visiting with him. He celebrated his 102nd birthday on Oct. 5.

Gordon was born in Canada, of American parents and spent his early life there with his parents and his two older sisters. He quit school and joined the Canadian army to fight in WWII. He and his wife Marcia met during this time through his future father-in-law’s aunt and a friend of his dad at trade school; and were pen pals during the war. Gordon came to Framingham, Mass. to finally meet Marcia Spaulding in 1945. It was love at first sight and they were married in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1946. They celebrated their 60th anniversary shortly before Marcia’s death in 2006. Marcia and Gordon were the parents of two children, Perry, and Roberta. At age 71 while living in Florida and “subbing” at an elementary school, Gordon earned his GED.

One of Gordon’s favorite things to do was to sing. Marcia was an organist and thought he should offer his talents to the church where she was working at the time. As well as her job as organist and his as occasional soloist, over the years at various locations they organized and took part in several musicals. After moving to Maine in 2005 and becoming members of the United Christian Church, Gordon was a frequent soloist. He also enjoyed playing the harmonica. He and his son-in-law Bob, and others, frequently could be heard at the Soup Cafe playing tunes after lunch.

Another of Gordon’s favorite pastimes was bowling. He belonged to several leagues during the years, both candlepin and ten-pin. For the last few years, he and his partner Ruthie bowled twice a week at Oakland Park Lanes in Rockport right up until his move to Windward Gardens. He was on the high scorer board several times.

Most of Gordon’s career was working with the Army National Guard in Massachusetts. Many summers he went away to summer camp as a reservist. He spent several years working at the headquarters in Boston and then moved to the Framingham location. He retired from the military in 1980 and had several part-time jobs before he and Marcia moved to Florida in 1986. He also spent a great deal of time being a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

Gordon leaves his significant other of 10 years, Ruth Reece; his son, Perry Harris and his wife, Janice of Medford, Mass.; his daughter, Roberta Heald of Lincolnville; his grandchildren. Jason Rawn of Lincolnville and Adam Rawn of Belmont; Jennifer Kelly and her husband Dave of Townsend, Mass.; Julie Colten and her husband Dana of Smyrna, Ga.; Christine Boberg and her husband Wil of Medford, Mass.; and his great-granddaughters, Amanda and Lauren Kelly of Townsend, Mass.

Please join us for a service for Gordon, and his son-in-law Bob Heald, Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. at the United Christian Church in Lincolnville. There will be a reception directly after the service in the Community Building next door.

Memorial gifts may be made in his memory to the United Christian Church in Lincolnville or to Coastal Opportunities.

Condolences may be shared at longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.