GREENVILLE and MONSON – Ronald Cook Harris, 62, died unexpectedly July 29, 2013, while camping in Township 4, Range 18, W.E.L.S., Somerset County. He was born June 23, 1951, in Greenville, the fifth of five children, born to Augustus Goldsmith Harris and Millicent Cook Harris of Monson.
Ronnie was raised on Homer Hill in Monson and graduated from Monson Academy in 1969, the last class to graduate from the academy before consolidation with Foxcroft Academy. During his years at the academy, he was very active in winter sports and could always be counted on to bring home blue ribbons in both skiing and snowshoeing competitions. He was also quite talented in the art of snow sculpturing. In 1968, he was one of two managers of Monson Academy Slaters basketball team that won the State small school championship. Within two years of graduation, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Feb. 10, 1971. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam, Nov. 28, 1971-Nov. 12, 1972. Because of his service, he received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 DVCE, and the Army Commendation Medal. Leaving the regular Army after returning home from Vietnam, he served with the U.S. Army Reserve until Feb. 9, 1977, when he was honorably discharged. Ronnie lived and worked all of his life in the Monson/Greenville area. He had a strong work ethic and was a dedicated employee of L&L Management, Greenville, for the past 25 years. In all of those years he never missed a scheduled work day. Ronnie had a great love and appreciation of the outdoors and could be found enjoying his favorite pastime, “ice fishing” on Lake Hebron during the winter months and at various “fishing holes” in the Moosehead area during the rest of the year.
He is survived by two brothers and two sisters, William Harris and wife, Sophie, of Danvers, Mass., Robert Harris and wife, Dolly, of Greenville, Jane Harris of Monson, and Elaine Harris Roberts of Abbot; plus many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents. He will be sadly missed and remembered by all of his friends and “fishing buddies,” including his long time friends, the Brown family; and special friends, Janice Lavigne and Karen Elsemore.
Graveside services with military honors will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Greenville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to C.A. Dean Ambulance Service, care of Geno Murray, President and CEO, C.A. Dean Hospital, P.O. Box 601, Greenville, ME 04441-0601. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Greenville. For an online guest register, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com.