DANSVILLE — It is hard to sum up the life of a dear friend.
As I walked into Foursquare Church I was greeted with a slideshow of the amazing impact Sharon Harris made in the world. There were images of her life on the screen as we listened to soothing instrumental music.
The room was filled with a bittersweet sorrow as we all bid a fond farewell to someone who touched so many lives.
Sharon Harris passed away on March 9 at Strong Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
On March 12 the community came together to celebrate her life, friendship, and kindness.
Rev. David Hotchkiss gave a lovely sermon, and touched the hearts of family and friends alike.
For some, like Hotchkiss they knew Harris for a lifetime, and for others, like myself we only had a few short years.
All who knew her were drawn to her smile, sense of humor, and acceptance.
Being one of the first people to welcome me to the community it came as a shock when I heard of her passing.
Rev. Hotchkiss said that Harris was a pilot and a real estate agent. Harris loved being in the sky until her health made it hard to renew her pilot license. Harris loved her job as she walked in her father’s and brother’s footsteps as a real estate agent. She worked with her older brother, Dean Henty in a building that went from being a family hardware store to a family real estate office.
I never met anyone who loved Dansville more than Harris. She would always ask me what story I was working on, and what was the latest news in the community she called home.
Harris roots were dug so deep within the community she was part of everything including; Dansville Lioness Club, Dansville Historical Society, Dansville Planning Board, Noyes Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and Dansville Dogwood Committee.
Harris sold homes to many of the residents in Dansville, and she loved her job with a fierce passion.
Rev. Hotchkiss said that Harris and him had that in common; Harris prepared homes for those in Dansville, and Rev. Hotchkiss spoke of the home Jesus prepared in Heaven.
For me my memories of Harris are going out to dinner, watching Netflix, having New Year’s Eve parties with vodka eggnog, Christmas photos in the living room, playing games like Trivia Pursuit, and sitting next to her at the Dansville Dogwood Festival as we commented on the parade floats.
Harris loved when I covered the Castle on the Hill, and told me how her twin sister, Sandra, and herself worked there in high school. That was their first job.
She loved the history of Dansville as much as I did.
Harris’ legacy lives on now in her son Robb Harris , and daughter, Hillary Bennett. I know they will keep their mother’s memory alive.
It is hard to say goodbye to one of the sweetest women I ever knew, but I will keep a seat empty for her at the Dansville Dogwood Festival this year.