Ronald Peter Harris
Ronald Peter Harris of Creston, BC, passed away with family by his side on September 29, 2015.
The 5th of 8 children, Pete was born on December 2, 1932 to Reg and Elsie (Smeed) Harris at the family farm in Creston, BC.
Times were tough but the family worked hard together to make a life. After finishing grade 10, Pete worked as an instrument man for topographic survey and travelled across much of BC. He often spoke fondly of working in these beautiful and pristine areas, including the Big Bend region near Golden BC. During survey off times, Pete worked in construction which he eventually switched to full-time, later starting his company Top Form Construction. He took great pride in his work, and built many homes and commercial buildings in the valley.
In 1979, Pete surprised everyone by starting his family, marrying Valerie Louise (Knight) Harris (predeceased) and raising his three children Michael Martell, Leanne Muzzio (Harris) and Lyle Harris on the property he grew up on.
In retirement, Pete used his passion for building to give back to the community, volunteering at the Creston Valley Museum and helping to build the PAWS building. He enjoyed gardening, visiting with family, and his beloved grandson Kieran Muzzio.
Pete will be remembered as a kind and patient man, who always put others before himself.
He is survived by his three children and grandchild, sister Donna (Harris) Zurwick and brother David Harris.
A Celebration of Life was held at Creston Anglican Church.
Friends and family wishing to make a memorial contribution in his honour can do so to Creston TAPS or the Creston Valley Museum.