I hope you enjoy these images of Phil Harris. They are some of my favorites–they’re happy and strong pictures of the Phil Harris we’ve all come to know, enjoy, and love since the beginning of ‘Deadliest Catch’. Included are quotes from Discovery and from several online articles. Credit for images go to Discovery, Corey Arnold, and several dedicated fans–thank you.
For ‘Deadliest Catch’ fans–please feel free to comment as you like. I will update with many more images throughout the season 6 airing so stop back, and remember to enjoy this little celebration of Capt Phil’s life.
(Discovery) “We are all deeply saddened by the passing of Capt. Phil last February. He was a devoted father and loyal friend to all who knew him. We will miss his straightforward honesty, wicked sense of humor and enormous heart — in every way, he was a true American legend.
Phil was a star of Deadliest Catch from the series premiere in 2005, but what we all shared on TV for just a few years was only a small part of his life as a fisherman and father. He worked for 18 years as captain and co-owner of the Cornelia Marie and for 32 years in the fishing industry. The son of a fisherman, Phil is also the father of Jake and Josh Harris who both served — and learned — under him on the Cornelia Marie.
We’re honored to have Capt. Phil with us for one more season of Deadliest Catch.”
Phil Harris in Gloucester, MA, during the filming of 'After The Catch II'
Capt. Phil & his crew for the 2009 King crab season--'Deadliest Catch', season 6
(fan) “I think he epitomized the very essence of the show. He was blunt, raw, and real. He was the mythical Marlboro Man.”
Filming in California for 'After The Catch III'.
When Capt. Phil passed away, Sig hansen–the captain of the Northwestern–reshaped his web page with a homage to Harris, including links to photos and videos under the banner, “Phil Harris was called home and will forever be remembered.”
Phil with some of the other 'tough' guys of Discovery.
Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand, captains of the Time Bandit, wrote on their facebook page: “We all share in this tremendous loss. May God bless you and keep you, Phil, you will certainly be missed.”
Capt. Phil & his crew for season 4.
(From his family) “Phil was above all a fighter, especially in the last years of his life when he was forced to confront serious health issues. ”
Great photo of Capt. Phil! (courtesy of Corey Arnold).
(From a fan) “He can’t be replaced. He was a real character. Of course the family’s mourning, but the fans, even though we didn’t really know him, we still feel like we’ve lost someone.”
Jake and Josh with dad, Phil
Phil & other skippers of 'Deadliest Catch' at a book signing for Discovery's book, Deadliest Catch: Desperate Hours.
Phil’s obituary and jam-packed guest book are available to view here
Phil & Sig Hansen at CatchCon I
Jake, Phil, and Josh in People magazine
According to Josh in ‘People’, Phil was cremated. Half of his remains will join those of his mother, and the other half will be released to the Bering sea this coming October so that he may be with near all the people he fished with his entire life.
Phil in his advertisement for Pullmaster.
CatchCon II is May 1, in Seattle. There is also a public memorial service for Phil Harris on April 30th.
Phil in Dover Delaware, at the races, on a 'Bad Boys of the Bering Sea' tour.
Capt. Phil with other skippers at Nascar, his dad directly behind him.
(From LA Times) “Discovery Channel’s statement acknowledged what many fans loved about Harris: ‘We will miss his straightforward, honest, wicked sense of humor and enormous heart’
Capt. Phil in New Bedford, MA.
...On tour again, as the 'Bad Boys of the Bering Sea'.
A couple of years ago, the crabbroker gathered together some of our favorite fishermen–Phil, the Hillstrands, and Keith Colburn–and dubbed them ‘The Bad Boys of the Bering Sea’. They toured the country and spread the word of the importance of the Alaska fisheries. A lot of fans got the pleasure of meeting Phil Harris at the Crabbrokers events.
Phil & his bike.
Phil Harris loved his bike. Bikers loved Phil.
Phil's Ad for Alaskan Amber beer.
Memorial to Phil at Fisherman's Terminal, Seattle, WA.
The fisherman’s Memorial in Seattle, Washington is where homage is paid for lives lost in the fishing industry. (thank you Donna, for the photo).