Phil Harris Tribute and Memorial

Friends, fans, peers, and family gathered in Seattle, Washington, yesterday evening, April 30th, to pay tribute to the man we’ve all come to know, love, and admire–Phil Harris, skipper of the F/V Cornelia Marie.  First up to speak were his sons, Jake and Josh Harris who quickly announced–after thanking people for attending–that it was their wish that all would take part in celebrating their father and the dynamic life he led.
(All images provided via courtesy of Northwestern Web Boss).

Jake and Josh Harris spoke early on at Phil's Memorial.

Phil Harris Memorial, Seattle, WA

During the memorial, a specially made video was shown of Capt. Phil and some of his more interesting moments at sea as well as his so memorable sayings.  The executive producer of ‘Deadliest Catch’ spoke of Phil’s magical ways with words, while ‘Deadliest Catch’ creater Thom Beers explained fishermen have wicked sense of humors and that Phil ‘got him good’ with the ‘crab fart’ theory.

Guests & fans arriving at the Phil Harris Memorial, Seattle, WA.

Dan Mittner spoke very highly of his best friend, and wore Phil’s leather Jacket last night.  Another gentlemen who had known Phil since 1977, as that was when they first became neighbors explained that he knew Phil was special right off the bat, when he walked into his living room and came face to face with Phil’s three Harley motorcyles!

Friends, fans, & family gathered at Capt Phil's Public Memorial held in Seattle, WA

Toward the end, the other ‘Deadliest Catch’ skippers we’ve come to know–who also knew Phil very well, all tossed flowers into the water in memory of their lost brother and friend, Phil Harris…

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4 Responses to Phil Harris Tribute and Memorial

  1. I HAVE WATCHED deADLIEST CATCH FOR NOW GOING ON THE ^TH SEASON.aND WHEN CAPTAIN pHIL CAME ON THE SHOW.i FELT THAT HE WAS A VERY BIG PART OF THE SHOW,AND HE MADE YOU FEEL LIKE IF YOU EVER MET HIM,YOU WOULD BE HIS FRIEND.GO HARLEY DAVIDSON!!!!!!!

  2. Jean Stauffer says:

    Dear Harris Family,
    Our Hearts Go Out To You So Very Much, We Realize That There Are No Words That Can Really Bring Back the Death Of A Loved One Or That Can Really Comfort,Just The Same We Pray For Him And You.We Pray That God Shines On You Daily As He Did Your Dad.We Know He Is In Heaven.
    But You Boys Have a Legacy That Some Can Only Wish For.Your Father Was A Great Wonderful Man No Matter His Wrongs Or Rights, He Has Left You With Something Wonderful,Something You Need As He Did With His Heart, But Never The Less A Great Hard Working Fruitful Business, Not JUST A Business But Love Of Life.Love Of Heart, Thats What He Was Telling You,I Watch These Shows Only Hoping That You Watch Them One Day Without So Much Pain And Know What He Wanted.You Can Do It, Not For Us, For You And Yours….Our Prayers Are With You,Your Family,Your Dad.God Bless You All.Good Luck, We Will MISS HIM!

  3. Jo-Ann says:

    I just started watching DC after the news of Capt Phil’s passing. I’ve now watched every episode on DVD from the very beginning. I feel like we are all family and we lost a member of our family. My heart goes out to the Harris Family, all the DC family members and us…the fans who came to love him so much. RIP Capt Phil Harris

  4. clive bastable says:

    coming from a seafairing nation i have a huge amount of respect for the job that these men do.

    Captain phil harris was, and still is a ledgend in the alaskan crab industry, and when watching the programme, you had phil the crab fisherman, but more importantly you had phil the man. (this guy was very special)

    I sincerley take my hat off to this gentleman and wish his sons and the whole fleet the very best for the future.

    Kind regards

    Clive bastable, United Kingdom.

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