R. Steve Harris

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R. Steve Harris, 63 PORTLAND -- R. Steve Harris, 63, died after a long battle with complications from Diabetes. Born in Washington, D.C., to George and Isabella Harris on Oct. 23, 1945, Steve attended schools in Washington, D.C., Lap Az, Bolivia, and Skowhegan, where he graduated in 1963. He also attended classes in Los Angeles, Calif. Steve's first career was in men's apparel, starting with the management of discount chains such as Mammoth Mart. He then moved to the wholesale end as a manufacturer's representative for multiple companies such as Fruit of the Loom, Hathaway, Wolverine and others. At the same time, he also owned the Richmond Apparel Outlet and Harris Distributors. One of his dreams was to operate his own restaurant & pub, so he moved to Portland in 1975 and began bartending. He worked for Yesterdays on Commercial Street, the VFW in South Portland The Sportsman's Grill, The Seaman's Club, and Boothby Square Tavern. Steve and his wife Rosie purchased Ruski's Pub in 1985 and began to full fill his dream. They ran it for 20 years before his health issues made it time to retire. They purchased Boothby Square Tavern in 1987 which became known as Rosie's Restaurant & Pub on Fore Street in Portland's Old Port District. He sat on the board of the Old Port Association, was commissioner of The K League Softball Teams, and became an advocate in many of the disputes on restaurant regulations in Augusta. He and his wife felt strongly on helping out the West End and the families in need and established Harris Charities. He ran cruises, auctions and many other fund raising projects to help out organizations such as, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, food shelters, Youth Alternatives, and other West End Projects. Being a member of the Eagles Club, and The Elks Lodge in Skowhegan, he was always ready to lend a helping hand. When he got free time Steve's enjoyment came from his trips to his family camp at Mayfield Pond. Steve is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Rose Asali Harris; his son Jim Harris of Raymond, his daughter, Sandra Harris-Batakis and her husband Alan Batakis of Peabody, Mass.; and four grandchildren, Steve, Alexis, Samantha and Ashley. Steve is also survived by his brother Ric Harris, his sisters Ellen Cranford, Linda Petrell, Cathy Harris and Lana Shaw; along with 25 nieces and nephews; and 26 great-nieces and nephews. Steve loved his family and said so often. Steve was predeceased by his parents; his sister Virginia, and brothers Mitchell, Jeff, Will and Jim. A reflection of his life will be held Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Jones, Rich and Hutchins, 199 Woodford St., Portland. Following will be a few brief memories to be shared at 12 p.m. Casual attire requested, as Steve would have liked. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Portland West Learning Center 181 Brackett St. Portland, Maine 04102 Morrison Development Center 70 U.S. Rt. 1 Scarborough, Maine 04074-9658 or Big Brother/Big Sister Foundation 85 Main St. Brunswick, Maine 04011 R. Steve Harris Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home & Cremation Service 775-3763

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on July 12, 2009