Mary Alison Charlotte Harris

May 09, 1966 - September 24, 2023


Obituary For Mary Alison Charlotte Harris

Mary Harris, our tropical girl.

Born on the beautiful island of Trinidad, the youngest of eleven children. Mary was adored by her parents and treasured by all her siblings as their baby girl.

Mary had an infectious smile, an incredible laugh, and a natural ability to connect with anyone, making friends wherever she went. While living in Trinidad, Mary developed special bonds with her 5a classmates forming lifelong friendships filled with love, life, and laughter. Such joy to witness.

At 18, Mary relocated to Vancouver Island with her parents, and in September 1986, on a magical night, Mary and I met and fell deeply in love. Our love was so deep that within a month, we decided to live together. In early 1987, Mary moved to Vancouver, where we embarked on our new life together. We were married and had two remarkable boys - whom Mary absolutely loved with all her heart. Recently, both our boys were married, welcoming two incredibly beautiful daughters-in-law into our tight-knit family. The weddings brought immense joy, and Mary was beaming with love for her boys and two new daughters.

Throughout our life on the lower mainland, we have made many lifelong friends, all brought together by Mary’s infectious personality and unique ability to connect with people. We are forever grateful to her for uniting us all in love and happiness. Mary was universally adored and loved by all.

Mary began her career in Vancouver as a receptionist at an advertising company, she decided to pursue further education enrolling in night courses at BCIT to become a broadcast producer. Her strong work ethic and dedication led to swift promotions, and she truly enjoyed a successful career in broadcast production. Later due to industry changes, Mary established her own freelance company specializing in talent payment services. As her career flourished, it allowed her to work from home and spend more time with our growing children. We’re fortunate of this opportunity as it enabled the family to have a strong foundation. Mary was a true pioneer in remote working serving agencies in Toronto, New York, and Vancouver. Her career was incredibly successful, and we are so proud of her accomplishments.

In late 2016, Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer. She faced a series of treatments with remarkable strength, unwavering determination, and an intense passion for life - determined to overcome the disease. To help her through this period, she began channeling her creative talents writing and performing her exceptional poetry. We enjoyed six more fabulous years post-treatment filled with lots of travel, great happiness, and love surrounded by our beautiful family and friends.

On September 5th, we were devastated to learn that Mary’s cancer had returned. Within a few short weeks, she sadly passed away.

Mary touched us all with the joy she radiates, her love for life, of nature, and her deep love for her family and friends. She was stunningly beautiful and possessed an extraordinarily beautiful soul. She was unique and remarkable, and we will miss her tremendously.

Please join us in the loving memory and celebration of Mary and her life of love.

Mary’s spirit will live within us for the rest of our lives.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation.

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  • October 28, 2023

    John and family and all of Mary's brothers and sisters. I grew up with Mary at Pointe-a-Pierre and we took our sacraments together at St. Peter's Church. I am also part of the 5A girls chat. Mary was a blessing, a ray of sunshine, a calming presence when needed and woman who lived her feminine genius (Pope John Paul ll) to the fullest. She leaves behind the legacy of beautiful sons and the model of a life well lived that we would all do well to follow. Blessings, prayers and condolences from the Pointe-a-Pierre deVerteuil family, Love Claire Gramlich (ne deVerteuil)

  • October 24, 2023

    I am so devastated to hear of Mary's passing. She touched our entire Catliff family. Over these past years I've enjoyed all her Facebook posts of many fun travels. Chris and CJ and I will always remember our vacation day in Maui with Mary, John and Jacob....on the beach, climbing trees, listening to Jacob's music and laughing over Mai Tais. I loved hearing about her huge extended family!! Mary was an extraordinary beauty.. that stunning smile will never be forgotten. I will always appreciate her endless support and love shown for my son Kevin and Sean while roommates in London, Ontario. There could not be a warmer, kinder mother and together with John she raised two warm and wonderful boys. She will be so proud of anything her boys accomplish and can rest knowing she has prepared them well for their future lives as men and husbands! It is unfair that Mary has been taken too soon. She will be in our hearts forever. Her beauty and kindness were one of a kind. Sincerest condolences to all of the Harris family. With deep sadness and tears we send our love ❤️. Kym, Chris, Kevin and CJ Catliff xoxo

  • October 24, 2023

    Sean, Jacob and John, May your mum find her rest and be at peace. Thank you for sharing your love. Thinking of you all now.

  • October 24, 2023

    Beautiful service for our beautiful Mary 🥰 Thinking of all the Haskells and Harrises with love and remembering Mary with joy, Love Alexa XX

  • October 24, 2023

    My sister connected Mary and I in 2016 as we were both going thru our personal cancer journeys together. We would have the occasional chat and coffee date just to check in and share our experiences, what we learned, how we were doing. My spirits were always lifted after spending time with her. Mary I will miss you❌⭕️

  • October 24, 2023

    My deepest condolences John & boys & all the Haskell family. May comforting memories of our beautiful Mary be with you now, lift you in the days ahead and bring peace to your heart always. Hope it helps to know you're being thought about with love at this very sad time. Will always have a special light in my heart for my bubbly cousin Mary. Thank you Lord for Mary. Rest in peace with the angels in eternal life. Love you family. Rosalind, Graeme, Adam & Kelly. 🙏🏼

  • October 24, 2023

    If you wanted to find a shining star of an aunt it was Aunty Mary. Distance was never a limiting factor in how much love we, all her nieces and nephews , felt from her. Nor how much we loved her in return. She just had that magic touch which I will carry with me always ❤️💖💗

  • October 24, 2023

    To our cousin Mary, may her smile always be with you, dear John, Sean, Alex and family. We send you our most sincere condolences. Olga Richir and the whole family

  • October 24, 2023

    Oh Mary. What a beautiful shining soul you are. Still. You had grace, and elegance and warmth. The saying is people always remember the way you made them feel, and you, dear girl, made everyone feel joy. John, Sean and Jacob... sending love. Lori Cotton

  • October 24, 2023

    When I first met Mary as a young girl, she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen! And that never changed. I completely idolized her. Her style, her creativity, her infectious laugh. What an incredibly magical human. I'm devastated that she left so soon and send all my love and condolences to John, Sean, and Jacob, and Mary's amazing siblings. Lots of Love, Sasha

  • October 24, 2023

    Mary was one of the beautiful people inside and out. From the time we reconnected with you when Freddie and I moved to Vancouver to when we bumped up with you and John on an Aussie visit it was just as if we were never apart. May you rest in peace and your shining light always be shining. To John and the entire family, You were the centre of Mary's life, may you find joy in all the amazing memories you have. We are so so sorry for your loss of your beautiful wife, best friend, amazing mom and all the the great relationships with Mary. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all All your love, Judy and Freddie xxxxxxx

  • October 24, 2023

    Mary was truly a beautiful soul and though we rarely connected, when we did she brightened our day. I was honoured when she shared her amazing poetry with me. She was an incredibly beautiful and special person and I can only imagine the void she has left in your lives. We send our deepest sympathies and will be thinking of you all today. Much love, Richard and Alison de la Bastide

  • October 24, 2023

    Heartfelt ❤️condolences to John, Jacob, Sean and the Harris and Haskell families. Heaven has gained an Angel. Praying that God enfolds in His loving arms of comfort and give you strength and peace .Mary lives on in your hearts and cherished memories Mary was beautiful and kind ; a bright spark who encouraged and bright joy with her lovely smile and gentle manner. I remember our walk on White Rock Beach and dinner with her , John and mutual friends. May she rest in His eternal peace. With much love, Cheryl & Allan Johnson ❤️🙏🏼💖

  • October 23, 2023

    Mary was a beautiful soul. I enjoyed getting to know her through kayaking. John, I hope you and your family find comfort in happy memories. Take care. Hugs from Diana Franklin

  • October 23, 2023

    Thank you Mary for all the bright memories you offered us. We are so grateful for the beautiful moments we shared in France and Canada, that really left a lasting mark in our lives and hearts. We will do our best to keep your spirit with us in our daily life, so that you inspire us to be better humans, kinder souls, and more flexible yogis. We miss you and we love you ♥️ Marjorie & Alexandre

  • October 23, 2023

    To John, Sean, Alex and family, sending all our love. The stories shared by Sean & Alex have described Mary as a person with so much love to give that it's felt by everyone around her. It's clear how much her genuine kindness, warmth and fun spirit were admired by all. She will be truly missed. Love Sabina, Michelle, Milan, Tess, Alex, Hania, Danielle, Rachel, Kristen, Ali, Caelan, Rayanne, Nicole, & Bryony.

  • October 23, 2023

    A beautiful lady who left us too early. Our deepest condolences to the family. Ed Redekopp and April Rohee

  • October 22, 2023

    Aunty Mary was a ray of sunshine, an angel who walked on earth. Her smile, her gentle, warm and loving nature will remembered by the many lives she touched forever. Sending our love - Natalie, Luke and Lana xo

  • October 22, 2023

    Mary was my first cousin and like a little sister to me. Our families lives were intertwined growing up and our friendship deepened as we got older and had our own families. She was so very proud of her husband John and sons Sean and Jacob. Losing Mary and her friendship has been very painful - there truly is a grief that can't be spoken, however, the light and memories she has left us with can never be dimmed - I am grateful to have received that light and will hold my memories of Mary in my heart forever. John, Sean and Jacob please accept my deepest condolences.

  • October 18, 2023

    The irreplaceable Mary. A beautiful soul - a firecracker - and one of my beloved 5a sisters. A friendship forged as young kids in primary school at our beloved St. Peter's in Trinidad. Mary's light and sense of humour was a gift. Her example and her reminders to live life to the fullest was perhaps the most important. I will cherish these lessons and honour Mary's memory as I remind myself to do as she did - to live life with that joie de vivre. May God hold all of her family firmly in his loving embrace as they navigate this incredibly devastating loss - and may our Mary rest in eternal peace. Giovanna (Perot) Averill

  • October 15, 2023

    Dear Mary, we loved playing pickleball with you! Your smile and your spirit will forever be remembered.. Marina and Kevin Cutler

  • October 14, 2023

    May Mary rest in peace and my deepest condolences to John, may God be with you and family throughout this difficult time. And Mary's smile will be in everyone's heart. Everything is in God's time, may we see His blessing with Mary.

  • October 11, 2023

    Blessed our paths cross and a friendship was gifted. Mary joined the splurge group at the beginning of its launch. 'Splurgenation' is a very special group of friends that first connected in 1999 and continues to meet. We have seen each others families grow and change. Our gatherings are filled with fabulous conversations, delicious food, loads of love and laughter, goofiness, sometimes tears and usually too much wine ..... eyes eyes eyes! Mary always brought a fashionable flare to the group. I loved listening to her poetry, she had some crazy trini dance moves, the best smile and sparkling eyes. I will miss her deeply, she is forever in my heart. Love MPTT

  • October 11, 2023

    My deepest condolences John to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cherish your memories, as they last forever.

  • October 11, 2023

    My memories of MHH Crabmeat from Phillips to make crab cakes Using empty patron bottles for decorations Magic numbers .. 11.11 Butterflies and birds as signs Stylish dressing for so Lovely hair and hair styles Beeeuuuteful Christmas tree Delisha 5a

  • October 10, 2023

    Neighboring Mary is our pleasure. The first toy our son received from the nice lady next door, the chats we had about humming birds, gardening works, life sharing topics ... there were many memories of her. Most of all, is the big smile and joyful laughter we received when meeting her. May this infectious joy continue to bless the family and all who love her. Condolences From: Roy, Lucy and Roger

  • October 10, 2023

    We will miss our Mary's friendship, smile, laughter, poetry and genuine love of life and happiness. For those who know Mary & me she was my Hot Sauce :):) Love- Peter & Marnie Gallagher "Always Missed, Never Forgotten"

  • October 10, 2023

    Dear John and family: I felt so privileged to have known Mary through Peter, my son, and Marnie. She was a joyous soul who radiated love and care to all she met. Through God's grace, may she rest in peace. Rosemarie Gallagher

  • October 09, 2023

    So sorry to hear about Mary's passing. She was a beautiful person in every way and will be remembered for her big smile, infectious laugh, and kind heart. Best wishes to John and the boys in getting through this difficult time. Jim Doyle

  • October 08, 2023

    I got to know Mary when our children attended elementary school together. She was a beautiful soul. Our condolences to all the family as you navigate through this difficult time. - God bless you all, from the Rouillard's.

  • October 08, 2023

    Our condolences to Sean and family. Perdre sa mère est toujours une étape difficile dans nos vies. Toutes nos pensées t'accompagnent- Mike et Odette

  • October 07, 2023

    May Mary be wrapped up in God's love - found deep in his everlasting wings - carried and kept, safe and cherished. Rest now sweet Mary - keep shining in the stars as your bright light will live on in the ones you love and those who love you. Wishing everyone in your family comfort and strength, with loving memories to hold close to their hearts. - Mandy Bridgemohan (5a) and Anton Lee Wah

  • October 07, 2023

    Mary and John were members of our kayak club, PIKA. As you all know, Mary loved nature and being outdoors. Whenever the two of them joined us for a paddle, Mary would turn a lovely experience into something even more special, just by her presence. She was such a joy to be around, and we were blessed to have her in our club and in our lives.

  • October 07, 2023

    My condolences and prayers to you Mary's family and friends. 🙏 Dearest Mary. You will remain forever in our thoughts, our memories and in our hearts. May you rest in peace in the arms of the ANGELS. Ajit Bally (Shorty). St.Peters.

  • October 07, 2023

    And in her presence there was a lightness and with her smile she illuminated the room. She lifted fragile spirits and gave cause to jubilation. She was the Joy!

  • October 07, 2023

    Dearest Mary, Your impression on me is ever lasting - I always knew you as the most beautiful soul inside and out. The last few years I was blessed that you chose me as your hairdresser and that relationship meant more to me than you will ever know. Our 2-3 hour sessions brought me so much joy as I got to know you on a more personal level. You allowed me to learn so much about you, your past and present. What really stood out to me was and will forever continue to be your love for your children and your love for your husband. That kind of love is something I aspire for in myself. Beyond that you had a inspirational love for life, health, positivity and creative outlets which I found beautiful. My most prized memory with you is when you would read your poetry to me, and share "affordable" fashion tips. Your outlook on life, colour, friendship, fashion and family is unmatched. I still don't understand. You have changed my life and will forever live on in my heart. Thank you for teaching me to enjoy life to the fullest. Rest in peace dearest Mary. (I Can still hear your beautiful voice) - I chose an orange candle because it reminds me of all the pictures of flowers and gardens from Trinidad you would share with me - Love always Meghan xoxoxo

  • October 06, 2023

    I love you and your sweet soul, always so loving , gentle , kind - the epitome of goodness. We are the joint fashionistas of the group I think... I admire your suave sense of style - much like mine ❤️🤩. I remember in school I was jealous of your perfect handwriting and totally admired your natural knack for art... boi could you draw and paint ... We tried to connect when you came to Trini but didn't get chance. But I have the memory of your beautiful voice - Canadian accent and all ...on the phone. Love ya kiddo and I'm a better gurl for having known my friend called Mary. Love always from Delisha of 5 a St Peter's

  • October 06, 2023

    Heaven has gained the most beautiful angel♥️ May your family be surrounded with love and strength during this difficult time. You will be missed sweet sweet girl.

  • October 06, 2023

    May the Lord keep you all wrapped in his arms as you go through this difficult time. Mary was loved by many. Condolences Reginald and Brenda Mac Lean

  • October 06, 2023

    Our hearts are with Mary's family during this most difficult time. - The Staff at Raincoast


  • 6 TREES

    6 Trees were planted in memory of Mary Alison Charlotte Harris - October 24, 2023

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    Florence Tang planted 2 trees in memory of Mary Alison Charlotte Harris . - October 24, 2023

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    Kristen Wharin sent Ocean Devotion for Mary Alison Charlotte Harris - October 23, 2023

    With love and remembrance for Mary. Love the Oakville Friends: Sabina, Michelle, Milan, Tess, Alex, Hania, Danielle, Rachel, Kristen, Ali, Caelan, Rayanne, Nicole, & Bryony.

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    Kristen Wharin planted 5 trees in memory of Mary Alison Charlotte Harris . - October 23, 2023

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    Claire Wilcox planted 7 trees in memory of Mary Alison Charlotte Harris . - October 23, 2023

    In memory of our beloved cousin, Mary Alison Charlotte Harris. With all our love to the Haskell Harris family from the Chanceys.

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    Peter Haskell planted 10 trees in memory of Mary Alison Charlotte Harris . - October 21, 2023

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    11 Trees were planted in memory of Mary Alison Charlotte Harris - October 16, 2023

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