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