OBITUARY: Noel Edwin Harris

Noel Edwin Harris

Noel Edwin Harris was a sweet man. He was a devoted husband, a supportive father, a steadfast friend, an engaged citizen and a lifelong activist for workers’ rights, human rights, justice and peace. Noel was born Dec. 6, 1918, in Inglenook, Calif., near Fort Bragg. He was the fifth and youngest child of Thomas Jefferson and Edith (Wood) Harris. Noel died at home on the morning of July 20, 2017, at the age of 98.

For the past 49 years, Noel was married to Ina Lipman Harris, the love of his life. He had three children from two previous marriages – John Stephen and Anita Kathryn, both of whom died tragically in 1967, and Rachel Fern, who survives him.

A memorial celebration of Noel’s life will be held Friday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 24 Fellowship Way in Bayside. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of the Noel E. Harris Archive Fund through the Humboldt Area Foundation at 363 Indianola Rd., Bayside, CA 95524 or to Veterans for Peace Chapter 56 at PO Box 532, Bayside, CA 95524.

We are asking people for recollections of Noel to include in his archive. If there is something you would like to contribute, please send it by mail to Ina Harris at 3327 Pine St. Eureka, CA 95503 or by email to Rachel Harris at [email protected]. For the full version of Noel’s obituary, please visit


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