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Captain Phil Harris

Phil Harris passed away yesterday at the age of 53.

Very sad and my thoughts are with his family and especially his sons (Jake and Josh).

Many of you know him as Capt. Phil Harris from the reality TV series Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel.  He was the Cornelia Marie captain, a 128-foot fishing boat that carries 180 pots and the capacity to hold 312,000 pounds of crab.  Phil celebrated 16 years on the fishing boat and his 30th year in the crab-fishing industry.  It was just two weeks ago he suffered a stroke while off loading a load of Opilio crabs in St. Paul and seemed to be making good progress.

During parts of the off season the boat was moored in Seattle and Phil lived in Lake Stevens.  There were numerous reports of Phil riding his Harley-Davidson on Washington highways during the warmer months.  Last year he had purchased a new bike from Titan Motorcycles (The Black Widow).

I’ve never been a fan of reality TV, but this show pulled me in and I enjoyed watching Phil on a number of episodes.  It was like you got to know him personally.

Rest in peace.

Photo courtesy MySpace (Phil Harris) site

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