Rowland D. Harris, 91, Lifelong Greenwich Resident, Former Town Clerk

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Rowland D. Harris
Rowland D. Harris Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. - Rowland D. "Mike" Harris, a lifelong resident of Greenwich, died Friday, July 25. He was 91.

Harris was born April 19, 1923, in Greenwich, to Sam and Edith Harris. He attended Cos Cob School and Greenwich High School, graduating in 1940.

In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in World War II with the 96th Signal Battalion in the China-Burma-India (CBI) theater of war. He worked as an electrician for the former Electrolux Co. in Old Greenwich, as an insurance agent with the former Metropolitan Life Insurance Co, and then with his brother, Griff, at the Griffith E. Harris Insurance Co.

He was most recently the former Town Clerk of the Town of Greenwich. He was a longtime member with the Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol, a member of the Retired Men's Association, a Red Baron escorting patients and serving the coffee cart at Greenwich Hospital, Meals on Wheels, Cos Cob Republican Club, Republican Town Committee, Harpoon Club, Melody Men, Glenville Seniors, Social Seniors, American Legion and the veterans of WW II CBI group.

Harris is survived by his wife, Adele "Apples;" sons, Jeff (Cindy), Bob, and Rick (Flavia); five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Griffith.

Calling hours are Wednesday, July 30, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Knapp Funeral Home, 267 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31, at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Riverside.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Nathaniel Witherell Home, 70 Parsonage Road, Greenwich, CT 06830.

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