Hartley Lewis Harris

8 May , 19351 January , 2019

Harris, Hartley Lewis - Age 83 or Bear River, Digby Co; passed away January 1, 2019 in Digby General Hospital.

Born in Bear River he was a son of the late Lovett and Jennie (Sanford) Harris. Hartley was in the Canadian Air Force which brought him to Ontario where he met his soon to be wife, Helen who he married in 1958. They lived in the States where he worked at a family newspaper business for 19 years before moving back home to Bear River to look after his mom and brother. Hartley enjoyed traveling with his wife, fishing, hunting and camping and he loved his cats. He has missed his wife dearly since she passed away in 1996 and has kept much to himself since then.

Hartley is survived by sister–in-law, Doris Bell-Harris and his family who has looked after him for the past 9 years, Janice Chute (Robert Andrews) and their families. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Helen (Hatch) Harris; brothers, Kenneth Harris, Allison Harris and niece, Hope Harris.

A private graveside service will take place in Mount Hope Cemetery, Bear River with Rev. Jeff White presiding. Donations in memory of Hartley may be made to Society for the Friends of Ferals, 100 Culloden Road, Digby NS, B0V 1A0. Leave condolences at


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Cathi Hancock

16 January 2019

Being that I was Hartley's second wife, and mother to his son, I too shall miss him. While he did mourn the loss of Helen for many, many years, he did find some peace for a brief time. My sympathies to all who may miss him. He will always hold a special place in my heart. 1-4-3-7

Bonnir Vantassell

4 January 2019

I remember Hartley as a kid growing up in Bear River. He was older so l never became friends but my brother George knew him quite well.
Sympathy to the family.
Bonnie Dunn VanTassell Locke