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  • Jeff Harris

    Jeff Harris
    Jeff Harris, 56, of Newport Beach, brother, dearest friend, leader, ally, musician, uncle to many, cohort, wingman and inspiration left us suddenly, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. His smile, wit, loyalty, laugh, intelligence, instinct, talent, passion, artistry and optimism will be with us forever. Jeff had the rare blessing of living his passions and dreams every day. His talent and craftsmanship on the ground and sheer artistry in the air were legendary. The travel bug bit him early, taking him to every corner, and surf spot, on the globe. His passion for flying continued that dream, both as a longtime pilot for American Airlines, and as one of the most talented and prolific private and vintage war bird pilots and restoration experts in the country. Jeff’s insistence on perfection was always apparent, whether in designing and building a masterpiece custom home or restoring and flying historic aircraft. A humble yet very friendly and outgoing lad, “Hareball” could strike up a conversation and hold court with anyone, anywhere. He surely had his opinions on most subjects and was not hesitant to share them.  His love for the water drew him to many exotic destinations, and also to his beloved Beacon Bay, where he was a longtime and beloved figure; and where he was building his dream home and future. Jeff often talked about hanging out in his garage/workshop at retirement, holding court and building fine guitars.  Whether you knew him a day or a lifetime, he was your friend, mentor and entertainer.
  • More about the Ozark resident that caused a big commotion

    More about the Ozark resident that caused a big commotion
    OZARK, Mo. -- For the past couple of weeks, Ozark's newest resident caused quite a stir.  Many members of the community saw him walking up and down the streets on the south edge of town.  He was spotted many places, including Murfins Market, Edward...

    Former surfer recalled by friends

    Former surfer recalled by friends
    They came back to their hometown on Saturday afternoon to remember the good days when Jonathan "Johnny" Coontz was just another blond-haired Newport kid who had throngs of loyal friends, loved the ocean and surfed like a pro. Those were the care-free...

    Local students dance into ballet programs

    Local students dance into ballet programs
    Students of the Red Chair School of Performing Arts have been accepted to summer intensive ballet programs across the United States and for the first time, one Red Chair student is going to Russia. Those accepted are Elizabeth Briggs, Ryan Sinton,...

    Laurel Leader sports notices

    Send sports notices a minimum of two weeks before the requested publication date to Patuxent Publishing/Laurel Leader Sports Notices, 5550 Sterrett Place, Suite 312, Columbia, MD 21044; e-mail cclary@tribune.com. Include date, time, location, contact...