Kevin Gerard Harris, 56, Of Wilton

Information Courtesy Bouton Funeral Home

WILTON, CT — Kevin Gerard Harris passed away peacefully on July 8, 2020, due to heart issues. Kevin was born September 27, 1963 (56 years old), to the late Gwendolyn P. Harris and Elbert L. Harris, Sr., in Arcadia, Florida. He was the youngest of the four children born to that union.

Kevin grew up in Eustis, Florida, where he was known among family, friends and classmates for his outgoing personality, charming smile, and kind heart. Kevin made his mark as a standout athlete, having played baseball, basketball, track and field, and football. He was a highly recruited football player, having played quarterback at Eustis High School. He would decide to take his talents to The University of Georgia where he played from 1981-1985. Initially converted from quarterback to wide receiver, Kevin eventually moved to defensive back in his senior year, where he earned Defensive Most Valuable Player honors. He was later drafted by the Detroit Lions, but suffered a career-ending knee injury that sidelined his NFL career. Kevin was a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Kevin started his corporate career in insurance, which led him to New York City.

In 1993, Kevin met his wife, the former Terry Lynn Bullock and her son, Michaud Burgos. The couple married two years later, moved to Connecticut and eventually settled in their family home in Wilton, where he would become known by his family as “Mr. Mayor” due to his larger-than-life personality, the gift of gab, and the way he so easily and genuinely interacted with people, whether strangers or close friends. He always made the person he was speaking to feel as though he, or she, was the most important person in the world at that moment. Always attentive to the needs and comfort level of others, Kevin was deeply caring and loved his family and close friends, unconditionally.

Kevin and Terry welcomed their son, Quentin Alexander into the world on December 23, 1996, and their daughter, Lauryn Victoria, on November 9, 1999. Kevin loved family life, which brought him boundless joy. He continued his love of sports when he began coaching Michaud’s youth football team and later Quentin’s. He was also present and an avid supporter of Lauryn’s youth football cheer squad, ballet, soccer and other interests. He was involved in everything his children did and was their biggest fan. Kevin was an exceptional Dad to Michaud, Quentin and Lauryn. Fatherhood was his greatest gift to his kids, and they were his greatest blessings.

After 20 years as a corporate executive, Kevin decided to leave corporate life and start his own sporting goods, apparel, and equipment wholesale business. Entrepreneurship was not easy, but Kevin felt this would give him the flexibility he wanted to spend more time with his family and be more present in his children’s active lives. And that he did. He was extremely proud of all of his children: Michaud graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in engineering, Quentin receiving a full scholarship to play football at Duke University, becoming the starting quarterback and graduating with his bachelor’s degree in public policy and master’s in management studies, and Lauryn now going into her senior year at his alma mater, The University of Georgia, majoring in Communications.

When not attending his kids’ games and events or entertaining family and friends at home, Kevin could be found in front of the television watching sports and sports talk shows. He loved to debate with his siblings, Shaun and Elbert, Jr., and his Dad, also avid sports fans, but mostly he loved to follow his favorite athletes. We believe he could have easily had a successful career as a sport commentator.

Sports was not his only passion though. Kevin loved a good movie. He and his wife enjoyed watching romantic comedies on television. He and his brother, Elbert, Jr., could recite lines from movies they watched years before. It was a favorite pastime of theirs. Kevin also enjoyed watching HGTV and imagined flipping and redesigning homes. He had an eye for beauty. He also was a shopper who prided himself on finding great deals and great investments. And, Kevin loved animals, especially his two Golden Retrievers (Chaz and Max), both in doggie heaven now. He also fell in love with his sister, Tonya’s Whoodle, Marley, who he kept often when his sister travelled.

Most recently, due to COVID-19, Kevin joined the family Zoom sessions on Sunday evenings to stay connected with his Dad, Stepmother, Renee Harris, siblings and other family members. Even if he wasn’t feeling well, he always made a point to be on the call.

Kevin loved his family. In 2019, he and Lauryn attended the Pinkney family reunion in Washington, D.C. He would spend many holidays with the Harris and Bullock families. He loved spending time along the coast. As outgoing as he was, Kevin had a private side. When his health issues began, he spent time in meditation and deep reflection. He was a spiritual man who always placed his faith in God. It was his faith that kept Kevin speaking only positively about his condition and his future. He didn’t want any of his loved ones to worry about him or to be sad. He wanted to bring joy and laughter to everyone.

Kevin is survived by his wife of twenty-four years, Terry, his children, Michaud (wife Denise), Quentin, and Lauryn; Parents: his father, Elbert L. Harris, Sr. (stepmother, Renee); Siblings: Elbert L. Harris, Jr. (wife Verlita), Yolanda L. Harris, Tonya Harris Cornileus, Twyla V. Harris, Deron T. Harris, Darren B. Jackson, RaShan Harris, and Kerisha R. Harris; In-laws: Parent in-laws George and Maria Bullock; Sister/brother in-laws: Pamela Reyes, Yolanda Cooper (husband Erik, Sr.), Kevin Bullock (wife Denise); two grandsons, Jayden and Ian, and a host of nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to either, or both, charities, The American Heart Association and Pets and Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) of Connecticut – Norwalk, Connecticut.

This article originally appeared on the Wilton Patch

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