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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

In Memorium

Raymond Perry Harris

October 23, 1940 – April 1, 2024

It is with great sorrow that NEFAR has learned of the death of REALTOR® Emeritus Raymond Perry Harris, 83, a broker with Harris Real Estate and Associates in Jacksonville.

Mr. Harris’s funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 16, at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 11801 San Jose Blvd., in Jacksonville. It will take place from 11 a.m. to noon in the funeral home’s Mandarin Chapel. Mr. Harris will be interred in Mandarin Presbyterian Cemetery.

Harris’s long and illustrious real estate career began in 1965 when he joined McLeod Real Estate. He founded his own brokerage, Harris Real Estate, on March 21, 1967, and eventually expanded it to two locations, on the west side of Jacksonville and in Orange Park.

In 1995, Harris served as the last president of the Clay County Association of REALTORS® before it merged three other associations to create the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS®.  He also served as NEFMLS president in the late 1990s. In 1976, he was also one of the original Century 21 charter brokers of Northeast Florida.

“He was the hardest working man around. He relished being an entrepreneur. He used to say that real estate was the last bastion of entrepreneurship,” recalled his son, R. Michael Harris, who took over for his father as the broker for Harris Real Estate a few years ago.

“He loved helping first-time buyers,” Michael Harris said.  “He loved fulfilling the American dream one house at a time. He would be still selling real estate if he had not come down with this blood disease nine years ago.”

A native of Jacksonville, Mr. Harris graduated from Landon High School in San Marco and later served in the United States Air Force. He had a spirit full of adventure and travelled the world. As a true Florida native, he loved the outdoors and all waterways and was very much at home when he was boating. He and his family took many trips throughout Florida, the Keys, the Bahamas, and up the east coast as far north as Chesapeake Bay.