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Willard C. “Bill” Harris, 82, of Framingham.  We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Bill Harris on Monday, May 29, 2023 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. 

He was the devoted husband to the late Joann Harris, to whom he was married for 36 years. Bill was born on April 4, 1941 in O’Leary, Prince Edward Island, Canada to the late Annie Laura (Carruthers) and Harrold Harris.  Bill moved to the United States at the age of 9, first to Jamaica Plain and then to Waltham, Massachusetts and graduated from Waltham High School. After high school, he attended Wentworth University and worked for many years for Optical Filter Corporation in Natick. Bill was an incredibly kind and caring person who was always willing to help anyone. He loved life and always had a positive attitude. He felt that “every day is a 10”. 

He will be greatly missed by his two daughters who adored him, Kimberly Brown and her husband Stephen of Southborough and Melanie Doughty and her husband Tyson of Medway,  his five grandchildren, Kathryn, Peyton, and Maxwell Brown and Wyatt and Piper Doughty, who will always lovingly remember their special grandfather, his niece Kristen Awrey (Paul Prunier) of Grafton, his sister-in-law Jessie Lambiase of Winchester, many close cousins in Prince Edward Island, numerous other nieces and nephews, and his two wonderful caregivers Jamie Mullin and Hiver Alvear who loved him and, along with Kim and Melanie, took excellent care of him and made it possible for him to maintain his independence and live at home for the duration of his life. He was also pre-deceased by his son John Harris, and his sister Leah Awrey. 

Family and friends will honor and celebrate Bill’s life by gathering for a time of visitation on Tuesday morning, June 6th in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St. Framingham from 10-11AM. His Funeral Services will follow at 11 o’clock.  Interment in Edgell Grove Cemetery, Framingham.

Donations may be made in Bill’s name to: The National Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Miami, FL 33131 or online at

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