William Paul Harris, 74, electrician, Scoutmaster

March 13, 2003

William Paul Harris, a retired electrician and former longtime Hebbville resident, died of cancer Friday at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was 74.

Mr. Harris was born in Bakersville, N.C., and raised in Chester, Pa. He served in the Army's 11th Airborne Division during the occupation of Japan from 1947 until being discharged in 1950.

He moved to Baltimore in 1955 and became an electrician with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 31. He retired in 1988.

Mr. Harris, who had lived in Millsboro, Del., since 1994, played clarinet and was a member of the Colts Marching Band for 17 years. He also had served as packmaster for Cub Scout Troop 846 in Woodlawn, and later as a Scoutmaster. He also coached recreation league football and baseball for the Woodlawn Little League.

He enjoyed skydiving, camping, crabbing and fishing.

He was a member of the 11th Airborne Division Association, and the Quillen's Point Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Ocean View, Del.

Services were held Tuesday.

Mr. Harris is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Barbara Wagner; three sons, William E. Harris of Baltimore, Gary M. Harris of Ocean View and Lawrence P. Harris of Dagsboro, Del.; two daughters, Gloria T. Cruz of Millsboro and Barbara A. Palmisano of Dagsboro; two brothers, Brown A. Harris of Freeland, Mich., and Roy G. Harris of Halifax, Pa.; and 14 grandchildren.

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