Jack Harris dead, aged 85
THE chair in the garage will be empty from now on, and those passing by will no longer be greeted by the friendly face as they walk by.
Jack Harris, 'the man who sat in the garage', died in Maclean earlier this week, leaving the big chair downstairs at his Oban Street home as a reminder of the man who would greet everyone with a smile. He was 85.
Mr Harris, with his wife Joyce and family, moved to Maclean in 1970, and as the town's police officer until his retirement in 1979, forged a reputation as a fair, dignified and respected member of the community.
Robyn Collins, Mr Harris' eldest daughter, said her father loved living in Maclean, and had enjoyed spending his retirement fishing and playing bowls.
"He did enjoy living in Maclean, he thought every day was a Sunday when he retired," she said.
"He was a man who enjoyed having a drink with his friends and as long as he could go fishing and play bowls, he was happy."
Mrs Collins said in later years it was a usual occurrence for her father to sit in his chair in his garage where friends would pass by and call in on him to say hello.
Mr Harris joined the police force in 1946 and after stints in Sydney and throughout NSW, was posted to Maclean.
He served in World War II with the Australian Army's 2/18th, 8 Division, Signals in Malaya, where he was taken prisoner by the Japanese and served three-and-a-half years in the infamous Changi prison.
Mr Harris is survived by his wife Joyce and children Robyn, Dale, Colleen and Peter. He will be laid to rest today with a service at St James Anglican Church Maclean, beginning at 11am.