Captain Phil Harris Rest in Peace a Followup
As all the heartfelt messages have been pouring in to all the websites regarding the passing of beloved Captain Phil Harris of the Discovery Channel hit series Deadliest Catch, we have not yet been able to find a date, place and time for his funeral. We did manage to find a mailing address for anyone wishing to mail a card or drop a personal note to the family. A close family friend posted an address on Facebook for anyone wishing to send condolences to Jake, Josh and Phil’s dad. The address is: Captain Phil Harris, PO Box 32466, Amarillo, TX 79120-2466. The writer assures us that all mail will be personally delivered to the family. On February 6, it was reported that Phil was making progress since he was medivaced to St. Paul Island after suffering a massive stroke two weeks before. He was doing much better and even talking to family.
According to Legacy.com, Phil’s obituary stated how he was improving and talking to family prior to his death and his tenacious spirit was apparent in spite of his condition. They also mentioned that a close family friend named Derek Ray had flown to St. Paul to skipper the Cornelia Marie for the rest of the opilio season proving how the fishing community is a great family to belong to.
Unknown until his death, or at least not mentioned on the program where Phil appeared was the origin of the name Cornelia Marie (which I always wondered). Cornelia Marie Devlin was the co-owner of the F/V Cornelia Marie with Phil. She made her first promotional appearance in August of 2009 at an event at the Alaska Aviation Museum with Phil.
According to the Cornelia Marie website, Phil was fishing since he was seven years old and became a captain at the young age of twenty-one. In 1990, Phil bought into the Cornelia Marie along with Cornelia Marie and her husband. When Cornelia Marie’s husband sold his share of the boat, Phil stayed on as captain. He resided in Seattle, Washington during the off-season and loved to ride his Harley-Davidson on the highways and byways of Washington State.
According to all sites where info appears about Captain Phil and the F/V Cornelia Marie, since Phil had his stroke in January, the outpouring of emails of get well wishes and prayers for Phil have been tremendous. It is so heartbreaking when we find that God needed him more. But any further info regarding Phil’s funeral arrangements is forthcoming. But our hearts are broken for the loss of such a great friend that he had become to all his faithful fans. We know that he is fishing in heaven and riding his Harley too. He also did not leave us on a Friday, which was one of his superstitions, so we are sure he is in heaven having a grand old time with many of his friends who gave their lives for the occupation they loved. God bless you, Phil!