Rhys Miles Harriman

January 15, 1960June 6, 2013

Rhys Miles Harriman passed away in a tragic accident on Wednesday, June 6, 2013. He was born on January 15, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Ann Rees Harriman and Charles Palmer Harriman of Falmouth, Maine. Rhys was a loving husband, son, father, uncle, brother, and friend. He graduated from Falmouth High School in Falmouth, Maine in 1978 and received his BA in business in 1982 from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. He was an avid backcountry skier and windsurfer. He worked for several outdoor companies such as Teton Mountaineering, Life Link and Teton Gravity Research in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and most recently, the Gorge Surf Shop in Hood River, Oregon. He was a licensed real estate appraiser for Rocky Mountain Appraisals in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He coached soccer, ice hockey and worked as a dorm parent at Red Top, a residential treatment center for young boys in Wilson, Wyoming. He was a fervent environmentalist who was committed to maintaining the trails on which he loved to ride and testing the quality of the water of the Columbia River through his volunteer work at Riverkeepers. Rhys was a loving and enthusiastic father; always willing to jump whole heartedly into every aspect of his children’s lives. He was also a wonderful friend - he listened to people’s tribulations with a sympathetic ear and greeted everyone with an affable smile. His determination was astounding in that he could be found sailing with a smile on his face loving any wind condition that allowed him to be on the water. He and his wife, Kelly, enjoyed spending the winter months in Baja, California windsurfing and exploring the peninsula. Everywhere he went, Baja, Jackson Hole, Hood River Oregon, and Maine he had wonderful friends who appreciated his love for life and his enthusiasm for the outdoors. Rhys is survived by his wife, Kelly Dennis; sons, Tobin and Dillon Dennis; his father, Charles Palmer Harriman; his sisters and brothers in law, Melinda Harriman and John Barry of Littleton, CO; Katrina Harriman Conde and Juan Conde of New Canaan, CT; his brother and partner, Graham Harriman and Scott Kirkham of New York City; and his nieces and nephew, Kendall Harriman Hartzell, Haley Harriman Conde and Jesse Harriman Barry. He was predeceased by his mother, Ann Rees Harriman. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, June 9 at 3:00 P.M. at the Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, ME. Another Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Washington State. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Red Top Meadow School, PO Box 290, Wilson, WY 83014 or Columbia Riverkeepers, Hood River Office, 111 Third Street, Hood River, OR 97031. Care for Rhys and his family has been entrusted to the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home of Portland, ME. To leave messages of condolence and view photographs please visit


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Jane Auchincloss

November 23, 2013

Jane and lee Auchincloss were college friends of Rhys and we are shocked and saddened to learn of his death. our wishes are for a world of happy memories for your family.

Jeff Heintzman

August 7, 2013

Hi Kelly I just learned about Rhys yesterday on the BPE and cannot believe it.I just saw him last May on our way back up to Whistler from the Baja.I am very sorry and would like you to know we are thinking about you and Rhys Jeff and Patty Heintzman

July 31, 2013

Dear Kelly Tobin and Dillon,
We are so so sad and sorry for your loss. Rhys was an incredible person and we were all so lucky to have had him in our lifes. Know that we're thinking of you and we send our love,
Patricia, Jay, David and Maryelizabeth

Chris Mader

July 4, 2013

Kelly & Harriman Family

I am so sorry and saddened by the tragic loss of Rhys. He had such positive energy which affected all who were near him. He will be missed by all.

Bissy Murphy

June 30, 2013

Kelly, my love and thoughts go out to you and the boys. I am so sad to hear of Rhys' passing. My heart hurts when I think of how tragic it is to have lost Rhys so soon. I was lucky to have his light in my life. I have great memories of Sunday cribbage games over brunch during our years at Hartwick. After graduation we moved out west - I went to Bozeman and Chip landed in Jackson. Rhys made the move west soon after. I was so happy for him when he found his life with you. I will always regret that we drifted apart in recent years, but I will always think of Rhys as one of my best friends. He was very special Take care,

Andi Gordon

June 26, 2013

My thoughts are with you.

Curt & Tamara Clauson

June 24, 2013

Kelly, Tobin, Dillon, Charlie, and all the Harriman family, our hearts go out to you. We will remember Rhys's infectious laugh and his zest for living life to the fullest. May we all be able to remember to pay that forward.

Eric Stucky

June 21, 2013

Everyone who knew him well must consider themselves blessed. I know i do. He had such a calm positive energy and out look toward all aspects of living. He truly, didn't merely touch the lives of those who's paths he crossed......but made a lasting impact on them.
I remember one time spring skiing on the pass in Jackson. He and Oliver Goss had to really dumb things down in order for me to keep up. That never changed the way he went about things. The smile he wore that day was just as big. Toward the end it got pretty rocky and we were picking our way threw the trees. Rhys was leading. After a fairly long pause, Oliver called down, yo! Rhys was coming back up as mellow as ever. He had skied right into the middle of a moose families napping area. We all made it out un trampled. Later, while sipping the customary beverage of choice, he casually mentioned that he could have touched the bull on the rump with his ski pole. He was that close to them! But they didnt run, they only meandered away.
This was the kind of calm positive energy Rhys always put out.

Eric Stucky

David Noyes

June 18, 2013

I am glad Rhys lived such a full life and glad I was a small part of it. Please know my thoughts are with you.

Rusty and Jane Andrews

June 17, 2013

We were so sorry to hear about Rhys. We know how much you loved him and how proud you were of him. He will be missed greatly.