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[Welland Tribune, 24 September 1897]

For some time past J.C. Harris has been very ill, at times apparently somewhat improved and again becoming worse. He had a host of friends and they were most solicitous for his welfare and, though it seemed like hoping against hope, all joined in wishing him restoration in health.

But it was not to be. The best medical attention was given him and affectionate friends nursed him, but age had taken away his old-time vigor and he was unable to withstand the ravages of disease. For the past few days he lay in a semi-conscious condition, his mind at times wandering back to scenes and incidents of former years, and the physicians said the end was near.

Saturday morning, Sept. 18, the messenger of death came and surrounded by his family, the kindly old man, who had been everyone’s friend, breathed his last. His death will be generally regretted among all classes in the Niagara district.

Some 40 years ago he came to St. Catharines, and his firm, Harris & Berston, did a very large business in tobacco. Upon the death of his partner, Mr. Harris continued the business alone, and to the last was keenly interested in all details pertaining to his business. He had the reputation of being scrupulously honest in his business dealings, and did a large trade throughout the district.

He was born 78 years ago in Nova Scotia. When 10 years old he came with his father to Fonthill, and later on, he and his brother started a cigar factory there. Then John Berston entered the firm, and later Wm. Berston, with whom Mr. Harris started business in St. Catharines.

He leaves to mourn him a wife and daughter, Mrs. E. Neelon, and to them will go out sympathy and condolence.

Mr. Harris had been an alderman of the city and was a member of St. George lodge, A.F. and A.M., and Mount Moriah Chapter. In politics he was a life-long Reformer.-Standard.

Mr. Harris’s funeral took place on Tuesday and was very largely attended. Interment at Fonthill.

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