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.