John  Harris

John Gordon Harris

Saturday, November 15th, 1947 - Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
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John Harris passed away after a sudden heart attack in the early hours of Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 71 years of age. John served with pride, dedication and compassion with the Hamilton Police Service between 1972 and 2012 when he retired as a Patrol Sergeant. Although John worked in various capacities throughout his service, he always had a fondness and cared deeply for the front line. John leaves behind his loving wife Lori and his family. John's large physique was overshadowed only by his kindness and humility. As per John's wishes, there will be no visitation or memorial service. In lieu of flowers, John had often said that he would have appreciated a donation to the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA. He will be missed by all who knew him.
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Danial Cribbs

Posted at 03:04pm
It was with great sadness to learn of the passing of John. It was a pleasure interacting with him when he required my services. To his family, I send my heart felt condolences.

Danial and Jane Cribbs

Robert Rankin

Posted at 10:33am
Back when I joined (1960s) the sergeants were the backbone of the service. Although there have been changes over the years, John was one of the few who embodied the old time standards of fairness, discipline in private, praise in public and giving credit where credit was due. I don't think I ever saw him without a smile on his face or a kindly word on his lips. Our sincere condolences for your loss. He will be missed.

Bob Rankin and Shirley Collins


Scott Moreton

Posted at 11:59am
There is never a time in my life that I did not know the legend that is Sgt John Harris. It started growing up as he was my dad's partner at work for an extended amount of time. Then it went to my time when I started on the job and he was my supervisor on a number of occasions. It was a privilege to have him and my dad present me my sergeant's badge. I'll cherish that photo forever. He was the standard I try to live up to as a police officer. To say it was an honor to have him as part of my life is an understatement to the great man that Sgt Harris was.

Lori - on behalf of all the Moretons my condolences

Adrian Myra

Posted at 10:39am
I was very fortunate to have had John as my Patrol Sergeant on A Squad for over 10 years. He was a great leader and truly cared for all of us who worked with him. He always took the time to praise good work through emails, commendations and very flattering performance appraisals. His humour made working all those holidays and long hours so much easier. Even after I left his squad he maintained contact with me over the years and always made time for a coffee and a chat even after we had both retired.
One bitter cold winter night John was doing ride lanes with us on the Claremont access. For almost two hours John wore a short sleeved shirt with no jacket. It was a stunning sight to see for the motorist who John would approach as well as the rest of us who were bundled up and still had runny noses. John showed no indication of being cold at all. I asked him, how can you stand it? John replied with a straight face, it's not the heat but the humidity that gets you........... John, you were the one who could persuade the unpersuadable!
Lori please accept my condolences to you and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Adrian Myra

Paul Henderson

Posted at 06:25pm
Like everyone here, I was saddened to hear the news of John's passing. I worked for John at the East End Station and later was the Acting Sergeant on the opposite squad, seeing John every day at change-over. John and I also shared the same cruiser. Which means almost every day, John would remind me, "to push the seat back to the man position", as he had quickly tired of banging his shins on the dashboard while getting in. I had many conversations with John about policing and more often, the Hamilton Tiger Cats and the CFL. John loved talking football!
Once I got promoted to Sergeant, I crossed paths with John quite often. We would always reminisce about our old squad and of course football. John once told me that he never, ever had a desire to be a Staff Sergeant, let alone a "white shirt". John told me that the rank of Sergeant was where he felt he could make the greatest impact to the City of Hamilton and to the Hamilton Police Service. He wasn't wrong. And make an impact he did! No one speaks an unkind word about John Harris. John's words resonate with me to this day and I will always remember him as a great mentor, friend and gentleman. Rest in Peace, John.

Paul Henderson

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