PHILIP R. HARRIS
Philip R. Harris, 77, of 1032 19th Street, Watervliet, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Eddy Heritage House Nursing Center, Tibbits Ave., Troy, NY where he was a resident since August 2014. He was the son of Andrew and Helen (Wanko) Harris
both predeceased. Phil was an active, long time member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Watervliet where he served as Elder and Deacon for many years. Phil attended and graduated from Watervliet City schools (School 9 and Watervliet High) shortly after which he obtained employment with the New York State Health Department as a Laboratory Technician with their Radiological Sciences Group. He remained there for 48 years at various sites in Albany, retiring only in 2006.
Phil developed an early interest in gardening and specialized in growing annuals like Zinias, Bells of Ireland, Cockscomb and especially many varieties of Sunflowers. Using plantings from his garden, he was known for creating unique flower arrangements for many occasions and provided floral displays for his church each Sunday. He was a life member of the Men's Garden Club of Albany where he participated and enjoyed the activities of the club for many years.
He also developed an early interest in ornithology, particularly in waterfowl and larger birds and had a wide knowledge of many species and their habits. He was a long time member of the American Pheasant and Waterfowl Society, the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club, and the New York State Ornithological Association. He was also a member of the Taconic Hiking Club.
He belonged to the Uncle Sam Stamp Club of Troy for many years and avidly collected stamps from Great Britain.
Phil was a member of the Troy Arts Guild and served as its long time treasurer before the group disbanded. He was also a member and guiding light of the Zelie Interdenominational People Society (ZIPS), a social and humanitarian group, which met at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Albany where he served as their President for many years.
Phil became a member of the Albany & Troy Lions Club and greatly enjoyed traveling
with his brother, Past District Governor Dave Harris, to attend club, national and international meetings and conventions of the organization.
He also enjoyed attending many theatre and classical music performances in New York State especially during summer in the Berkshires with his brother each year.
Phil is survived by his brother David Harris, sister Diane Ladley and her husband, Thomas Ladley all of Watervliet.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Men's Garden Club of Albany, Memorial Fund, c/o Russ Greenman, 25 Worthman Lane, Rensselaer, NY 12144.