Ronald E. “Ron” Harris, age 71, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday May 8th, 2021 in Philadelphia. He was born August 18th, 1949 in Baltimore Maryland to the late Earl and Helen (Capaldi) Harris.
He married Winifred (Grandinetti) on July 28th, 1972 in Philadelphia. Ron showed a passion for entrepreneurship at an early age and went on to own a number of Pizza Shops, Delis, Handmade Hot-Dog Carts, and Ice Cream Trucks. Well known by many in the Northeast, not only because of his voice over the loud speakers in the Ice Cream Truck, but because he was an entertainer at heart. Ron started a neighborhood acapella band at a young age. Later he would become the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the Philadelphia band “Legacy.” His wife Winifred traveled to every gig and was always by his side. Ron was also a part-time comedian and inventor in his own right. He always had a new joke at the ready and could put any competitor on Shark Tank to shame with his innovative ideas. Ron lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; chatting with his friends and family, spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Winifred (Yo Dar!); daughter, Winifred (Mike) Schmucki; daughter, Kris (Bill) Zeller; son, Ronald Jr. (Heather) Harris; His Grandchildren; Brooke, Nikki (Mike,) Richie (Akemi,) Tori, Nicolas, Heather, Joey and Winnie IV; Great-grandchildren, Abbey, Grayson, Richie IV and Angelina; siblings Joseph and Loretta. He is preceded in death by his grandson Anthony.
Family, friends, and others whose lives Ron touched are invited to the memorial service at Richardson Funeral Home, 7450 Oxford Ave. from 10am-12pm on Thursday, May 20th, 2021 to pay their respects, reminisce, and of course share a story.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Penn Medicine in Honor of Ronald Harris (please specify the donation recipient as Penn Transplant Institute: Kidney Transplants). His family is especially grateful to Doctor Anna Dubyankskite and her entire staff who helped give Ron an extra 20 years of life.
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