John J Harris

October 12, 1931May 17, 2018
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John J Harris, 86 years old and a resident of Port Orange, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2018, surrounded by his family. John was born October 12, 1931, in Shaftsbury, Vermont, to the late Smith and Exelia Harris. He was married to Joyce Sherwin Harris on October 25, 1951, who predeceased him. In his early years he was employed by Fairdale Farms in 1965 relocated his family to Hollywood, Florida. There he was employed at Sears, Roebuck & Co. in the home improvement division, selling roofs, patio covers and the like. He retired in 1991 and spent his days relaxing and soaking up the Florida sunshine. He leaves behind his five children, Sheila (Wayne) Elmore, Diane (Gary) Auricchio, Julie (John) Smith, Brian (Lydia) Harris, and Michael Harris. Also left to cherish his memory are his sisters, Madeline Wansbury and Louise Gauthier together with several nieces and nephews and predeceased by his brother, Paul Harris. His grandchildren include Stacy Chaplic, Michael Auricchio and Daryl Auricchio, together with his great grandchildren, Leah and Gabriel Chaplic. He also leaves behind and extended family of stepchildren and step grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 1 - 2 p.m. at Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 4815 Clyde Morris Blvd in Port Orange. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Condolences may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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John Gauthier

May 23, 2018

It was always such a pleasure visiting with my Uncle John. He had the ability to make everyone in the room feel at ease, and once your guard was down he'd surprise you with his snappy wit. He had a way to make me laugh like no other.
When it was just he and I, I would hear stories about spending the night shift with his father Smith at the old depot in Shaftsbury, or the hijinks skating or "test driving" in the gravel bed. He recalled the sizeable trout his small children caught one summer day, only to discover they had innocently dropped their lines in a nearby hatchery.
I have always been glad to share first names with him and respectfully honor Uncle John's memory today by holding dear the times we shared.

Mark Nosewicz

May 22, 2018

Watching the touching memorial it's easy to see how much John was loved by all the knew him. Myself, I'm honored and privileged to call him my Uncle.

From the first time I meant John and through out the years, John and his family always welcomed me from the start when I first started dating his niece Joan Wansbury. Joan and I later married and I always enjoyed my visits with Uncle John and his family.

He had a quick wit and humor also had a way to keep everyone on their toes. I have many found memories of Uncle John "definitely one of a kind" but to share one. He told me the story of the "Soup for one". At the time it was a bit sad and funny, but later he and I had plenty of chuckles about it together.

I'm so sorry for your loss, it's unfortunate that "great man" like Uncle John have to pass on.
Uncle John you will be truly missed and I will think and prey for you often.

All my respect and love Mark N.

Joan Nosewicz

May 22, 2018

My Uncle John was always a delight to be with. It was impossible to be with him and not be laughing. I have so many wonderful memories of family gatherings around the piano at his parent’s home. He loved to sing the ole Irish songs with such charisma and humor. Always the character, uncle John lit up a room and brought joy to everyone.

He will be so missed!
Joan & Mark Nosewicz and Craig, Joanna, Cameron & Savanna Nosewicz