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Elliott Harris, Engineer, Business Owner

Greenwich's Elliott "Buzz" Harris III, an engineer and business owner, died of cancer Jan. 27. He was 65.

Harris grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y. After graduating New Rochelle High School, Harris earned his bachelor's degree from Lafayette College in civil engineering in 1967 and served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1967 to 1970. He was a licensed professional engineer in New York and Connecticut.

In 1970, Harris began his career as a professional engineer with Cauldwell-Wingate Construction Co. Harris moved to Merritt & Harris Inc. in 1971 and was owner, president and CEO of the company from 1978 to 1996. He also founded his own business in Riverside, Harris Consulting Inc. Harris also taught as an adjunct assistant professor at the New York University Real Estate School of Continuing Education.

In his spare time, he coached soccer, baseball and softball for 14 years. He was an active member of the Riverside Yacht Club, where he served on the board of governors. Buzz enjoyed the open water, spent many days fishing and was a member of The American Littoral Society and Trout Unlimited.

For many years he was a member of Presbyterian Church of Old Greenwich, where he taught Sunday school and confirmation class, served as an elder and mentored people. Most recently, he was a member of Stanwich Congregational Church. He supported faith- and youth-based organizations such as Tres Dias and Young Life.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jane Harris; children, Elliott Harris IV, Kristy Jadlos and Julie Moeller; brother Dwight Harris; sister Sherry Harris Erb; and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Stanwich Congregation Church, 202 Taconic Road.

Memorial donations can be made to the Stanwich Congregational Church, 202 Taconic Road, Greenwich, CT, 06831 or to Young Life, Greenwich P.O. Box 726, Greenwich, CT 06830.

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