George Harris, had been a local farmer
Published 9:15 pm, Wednesday, May 23, 2012
George Griswold Harris, of New Milford, died May 21 at home surrounded by his family after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Harris was born in 1934, in Wethersfield, to George Mills Harris and Beatrice (Griswold) Harris.
He grew up on the family farm on Prospect Street, where his father and grandfather imported some of the first Brown Swiss dairy cows to the United States.
In 1957, he married Vivian Oppelt and moved the farm to New Milford.
Mr. and Mrs. Harris worked the 200-acre farm, Harris Hill Farm, and raised three children. He was devoted to his family.
He was also devoted to agriculture, and received many awards from state and local agencies.
After farming for close to 30 years, he took a position with the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders Association in Beloit, Wis., and became the executive secretary in 1988.
After retirement, he and his wife returned to Harris Hill Farm and invited groups of schoolchildren to the farm to learn and have hands-on farm experiences.
Mrs. Harris died in 2008. In 2010, he remarried, marrying Lila Harris.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Harris is survived by a son, George O. Harris, of Fairfield; two daughters, Susan H. Bailey, and Janet S. Harris, of New Milford; and six grandchildren, Sarah and Jennifer Bailey, Ryan Winkelvoss, and David, George M. and Christopher Harris.
Private burial will take place at the convenience of the family at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
A memorial service will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 26 Main St., New Milford.
The Lillis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Brown Swiss Historical Society, 800 Pleasant Road, Beloit Wl 53511, or to the Litchfield County 4-H Foundation, 843 University Drive, Torrington CT 06790.