ANDOVER – Bruce C. Harris, 76, passed away on Wednesday (May 25, 2022) at Gutherie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. following a brief illness.
Mr. Harris was born on October 19, 1945 in Wellsville to Clyde A. and Mary L. (Yager) Harris. He attended Andover Central School and later earned his GED. On October 11, 1975 in Wellsville, he married Shirley A. House, who survives.
Bruce worked as a millwright for BE&K Construction Company based in Alabama for many years. He later worked for Joyce Pipeline and Otis Eastern Service, Inc. in Andover. In 1994 he started BSK Hobbies and Raceway in Hornell, retiring in 2004.
In addition to his wife of 46 years, Bruce is survived by a daughter, Katherine Harris of Andover; one sister, Betty Joyce of Andover; one brother, David (Sandy) Harris of Andover; a sister-in-law, Brenda Harris of N.C; a grandson, Kristofer Bruce Harris of Andover and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Marilyn Harris and Carrol (John) Gavin; one brother, Donald Harris and a brother-in-law, Leo Joyce.
Bruce loved everything about cars. His wife said “Put a steering wheel in his hands and turn on the music and Bruce would be perfectly content.” He loved stock car racing of any type or surface and also enjoyed NASCAR and Indy racing. Bruce’s hobby shop was full of slot cars that he had been collecting since a teenager. He also enjoyed buying and selling radio-controlled cars.
When it came to music, Bruce was a huge Elvis fan but also enjoyed most of the older rock and roll. In his younger days he enjoyed playing cards, sometimes playing almost all night. He was known to enjoy some Crown Royal on occasion.
Some favorite memories are the time he and Shirley vacationed in Niagara Falls and the trip to Salamanca Casino with his daughter. He was a long-time member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge #1495.
There will be a time of visitation on Saturday (May 28) from 1-3 p.m. at the Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. immediately following the visitation with Rev. Calvin Densmore of the Andover First Baptist Church, officiating. His ashes will be laid to rest on Sunday (May 29) at 11:00 a.m. in Hillside Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
Memorial contributions in Bruce’s name may be made to Andover Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 714, Andover, NY 14806 or Andover Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 726, Andover, NY 14806. © 2022 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.