THERE was a sense of shock and disbelief in Kilmanagh on Thursday, January 3 following the sudden and unexpected death of Victor R Harris.
Victor died as he lived – trouble to nobody and friend to all.
He was the youngest son of the late Fred and Olive Harris, and brother to the late Fergus, Eric, Basil and Ben.
He is survived by his wife Violet and daughter Jennifer, son Bryan, son-in-law David, daughter-in-law Linda and grandchildren Andrew, Jonathan, Jeffrey, Katie, Rachel, Tristan his only sister, Betty Hogg, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and a large family circle.
A man with a natural ability to sell and communicate, Victor served the farmers of Kilkenny and Tipperary for nearly 50 years.
He distinguished himself while working for Power Seeds Waterford, and Red Mills Goresbridge, winning many trophies along the way including ‘Salesman of the Year’.
Victor later branched out on his own to work with a previous colleague, James Slattery of Agritech Nenagh.
Following successful heart surgery in 1999, he took a trip to Australia to visit his brother Ben, and family and many local Irish emigrants there.
His second chance was not wasted.
He travelled extensively, spending time with Jennifer, David, and family in Devon, and see the ‘things to do’ list, which only ‘dad’ could do, always returning home to give Bryan and Padraig in BP Agri tremendous support in their business.
When asked if he had retired yet, he would say ‘officially yes, but actually no’.
Sport played a big part in Victor’s life, particularly Kilkenny hurling, rugby, soccer, and the highlight of 2012 as the Olympic Games.
The highlight of 2013 was to be Victor’s 80th birthday in June, but that was not to be. Victor lived life to the full, travelling to Cork, Dublin and Shillelagh in his last days and home to bring in the New Year in his local with many neighbours and friends.
His wife, his children, and his grandchildren were his pride and joy.
Victor will be sadly missed by those who knew him, especially Violet and their wonderful family.
His remains were received in St Aidan’s Church, Kilmanagh, and he was laid to rest in Ballykeefe Cemetery.