February 10, 2010

Rest In Peace, Captain Phil

It is with tremendous sadness that we have just read of the passing of Captain Phil Harris, the skipper of the Cornelia Marie. We send our thoughts and deepest condolences to his family, friends, and particularly his sons.

As I wrote in an earlier post, we had the great pleasure of meeting Captain Phil this past summer. Physically, he was identical to the image he projects on TV, and it took only the brief time we spent together to know that he was an extremely kind and patient man. He spent a few minutes talking with me about service dogs and how they can help people with disabilities, then took the time to sign a postcard "To Ruby" as a souvenir for the person with whom she will someday be paired.

What I found most touching was that he started, then ripped up, two cards before he was finally happy with the third version; he wanted it to be just right.

Rest, Captain Phil. You will be missed.

7 comments:

Lori Jablons said...

So sad to hear this. His family will definitely be in my thoughts today.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

It sounds like he was truly a special person -

Safe sailing to him -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: I've got Siberain furiends - their litter was named fur the show -

Kari in WeHo said...

thats so sad :(

Clive said...

He sounds like a very special person.

That was a lovely tribute to him.

take care
Clive and the NSLM

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about the Captain.

Read an article about him. He was a special person. Happy Ruby and her family meet him.

The OP Pack said...

We don't follow the show but it is very sad to lose someone like that. We will keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

We are a day behind, but we really enjoyed the circus post - nice twist at the end:)

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Farley's Mom said...

The way you explain how he did the postcard until it was just right is incredibly sweet. He sounds like a wonderful man...