Bert Harris

Bert Mark Harris

November 13, 1940 - March 29, 2021
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    Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 12:00pm
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Donations are being accepted for:
Parkinson's Foundation

1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018

Michael J Fox Foundation

PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741


Bert Mark Harris, of Sarasota, Florida, formerly Baltimore, MD, passed away on Monday, March 29th, 2021 at the age of 80. He is survived by his beloved wife, Karen Harris (nee Wiesner); children, Aaron (Sandy) Harris, Lee (Marilyn) Harris, Dayna (Seth) Spinner, and Billy Sadoff (Brittney Vogt). He was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Ruth Harris.

Bert Harris had an amazingly rich and varied life. Bert's career track began with his father's hardware store and ended in the GAO, he was a veteran of the Coast Guard, he traveled extensively on cruises with Karen, was an expert gardener, a musician, an avid dancer, an art lover, an all around Mr. Fix It, and of course, Bert was the patriarch of a large and loving blended family. Bert had a dry sense of humor which was always paired with a signiture twinkle of his eyes. He loved sharing stories about his life or discussing his projects. He was always at most a phone-call away for advice about anything, from relationships to home-ownership. His vast array of experiences and skills made him sometimes opinionated but endlessly supportive and protective. Worth a particular mention is his legendary sweet tooth, and separating his memory from the overarching concept of chocolate is impossible. He will be dearly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him and doubly so by the family that he created.

Services are private. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation ( by selecting Tribute Gift under Donations (or by 200 SE 1st Street Suite 800 Miami, FL 33131); or the Michael J. Fox Foundation ( by clicking on Take Action, then selecting In Tribute under the Donate heading (or by P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741.)
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Alan Sandler

Posted at 04:17pm
As an old friend of Bert's going back to high school days at Forest Park when we all knew him as "Herb" I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the family. He was one of a kind. Funny, talented and a true pleasure to know. My Dad also had a hardware store. We always shared stories about that business that made us both laugh. Herb, as he will always be known to me, played the sousaphone in the high school band. I played piano and we had a little jazz group that would meet for jam sessions that will never be forgotten. We were neighbors in the Scotts Level are for a number of years and we kept in touch that way. Life took us in different directions and while I haven't seen him for decades, the memories will last for a lifetime. May your memories of him be a source of strength and a blessing for all of you.

John Buettner

Posted at 09:35am
Sending condolences on behalf of friends in the the entire Marketing Office team at Stevenson University. May memories of your father Bert always be a blessing and inspiration to your families!

Diane & Larry Macklin

Posted at 07:35am
The Harris Family:
We are very sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, dad and grandfather. May your happy memories help you through difficult days.

Wendy Brager

Posted at 12:09am
Bert was a good friend for 40 years. He and Karen were a wonderful couple. His
encouragement led me to get my U.S. government job, one of
the best decisions of my life. He had a great sense of humor and
many talents. I know he loved his family and they loved him. I send my heartfelt condolences. He will be sorely missed. May his memory be a blessing.

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