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LONG-TIME TRANSPORTATION CHAIRMAN BILL HARRIS DIES AT 90

03.03.2020

Bill HarrisBill Harris, who died in February at age 90, was a familiar face around Akron every summer during All-American Soap Box Derby activities.

Bill had dedicated nearly 50 years of volunteer service to make certain that champions, their families, dignitaries, program sponsors and other visitors got where they needed to be during Race Week. He began as a courtesy car driver in 1966, became assistant transportation chief in the late 1980s and chairman of transportation in 2005. When Bill was inducted into the Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame in 2013, he said his greatest rewards for his many years as a volunteer driver were the appreciative smiles and thanks from racers and their families. 

Bill served in the U. S. Army and retired from General Tire & Rubber Company with 39 years’ service.  He lived in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and is survived by his wife Lois; son Steven; daughter Dawn, also a long-time Soap Box Derby volunteer; two granddaughters, and two great-granddaughters.  He was buried on March 2 at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville, Ohio.