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Tommy Harris
  • November 14, 1963
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  • September 03, 2010

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Thomas Frank Harris, 46, Edgewater died Friday, September 03, 2010 with his mother by his side.  Tommy was born November 14, 1963 in Daytona Beach.  Although born with Down Syndrome, Tommy excelled from a very young age.  Tommy went to school and participated in the Special Olympics for many years.  Swimming and basketball were his favorite activities.  Tommy then went on to participate in a job skills program through the Association for Retarded Citizens of Volusia County.  Such skills resulted in his first job at Florida Choice Supermarkets.  Thereafter he went to work at Publix Supermarkets where he worked for 14 years before retiring in February 2004.  Tommy loved NASCAR and particularly Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  He touched the hearts of all he met and brought joy to the lives of many.  His smile, humor and giving heart will live on in each us.  Tommy was preceded in death by his step-father, Gary Flaitz November 2009.  He is survived by his mother, Charlene Flaitz of Edgewater; father and step-mother, Charles and Shirley Harris of Jacksonville, FL; two sisters, Theresa Lemme of West Palm Beach, FL and Linda Bennett of Ocala, FL; two brothers, Charlie Harris of Jacksonville, FL and Doug Harris of Georgia and loving aunts and other family members.   The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler or the Association for Retarded Citizens of Volusia County, 100 Jimmy Huger Circle, Daytona Beach, 32117.  A celebration a life will be held 2:30 PM, Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the Bella Vista Baptist Church, 3232 South Ridgewood Avenue, Edgewater, FL Sea Pines Memorial Gardens, Edgewater, Fl

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  1. 02 Nov 2013
    Mike Bossie (Amaral) says:
    Hi Tommy... I will always remember your smile and your love for life.. I enjoyed many a homecooked meal w you and Theresa, your Mom and Gary back in the day. I always will remember the devotion your mother had to you.. she loved you and was so so proud of you !! Good bye for now Tommy. Until we meet again Tommy may you find peace :) your friend always Mike and the girls !

  2. 18 Sep 2010
    Charley Harris says:
    To Tommy my brother, my friend, I love you!
    Your journey on earth is now complete, you now walk and talk with Angels, no more pain and suffering will there be for you. Although you are gone, I will never forget you. Untill we meet again, just know you will always be in my heart. Love your brother, Charley

  3. 11 Sep 2010
    craig hilton says:
    I just wanted to say that I am very sorry for your loss. Tommy was a really inspiration to me because I have a son with Down-Syndrome also, and just seeing how well Tommy was able to carry on his duties at Publix gave us that hope that our Stephen could do it also. Well, Stephen works at Winn Dixie in Edgewater*(you may have seen him there) and he works every Saturday at Chic-Fil-A.
    Once again, please accept my condolences and thank you for sharing Tommy with all of us.

    Craig

  4. 09 Sep 2010
    Martha Parrish says:
    Dear Charlene,
    I am so sorry to hear about Tommy. I met you when I worked at the Edgewater Library and had the pleasure of knowing Tommy from his job. You are in my thoughts and prayers

  5. 08 Sep 2010
    Karen Webber says:
    Charlene,
    I was so sorry to hear of Tommy's passing. I pray for God to watch over you & your family at this difficult time. I worked with Tommy at Publix in Edgewater and he always had a smile & I loved his humor. He would alaways call me his Publix mom. He gave me much joy on a daily basis and held a very special spot in my heart. God Bless.
    Karen

  6. 08 Sep 2010
    Susan Rago says:
    Charlene: So sorry to hear of Tommy's passing. He is not suffering anymore and in a better place with Gary looking out for him. You were a terrific mother to Tommy which I'm sure he knew. Tommy always had such a big smile!
    Thoughts & Prayers. Susan Rago

  7. 06 Sep 2010
    Melissa Ann Stepp Goff says:
    I will always remember Tommy's beautiful smiling face!!! Every year we loved seeing him for his Christmas and Birthday parties. We looked forward to seeing him. He was always smiling and clapping.

  8. 05 Sep 2010
    Julia & Tom Ramsey says:
    Dear Charlene,
    We were so sorry to learn of Tommy`s passing, but he is in a better place and not suffering anymore. I`m sure Jill was there to give him a big hug when he got to heaven. They`re probably up there looking down at us and smiling. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Julia & Tom Ramsey

  9. 05 Sep 2010
    Tony & Sara says:
    To our dear friends and neighbors Charlene & Theresa,
    We are deeply saddened to hear of Tommy's passing, but at the same time we know that you are relieved to know that he is no longer suffering. Please know that we are here for you if there is anything at all we can be of assistance with.
    Sincerely, Tony & Sara

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