Willie James Harris was born in Boston, MA on April 1, 1958 to the beloved union of the late Willie F. Harris and Elma M. Harris. He attended Boston Public Schools, and soon after was employed at Massachusetts General Hospital for several years. In the early 1980s Willie served as an independent cab driver. He then went on to do construction work and later became a certified painter.
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Willie was a devoted father that truly valued spending time with his children and grandchildren. He had a big personality and his character was amazing! Willie had a passion for fashion, loved to go shopping for clothes and getting dressed up. Everyone knew Willie as a “sharp” dresser. He really knew how to make an entrance and would light up a room with his presence. He was always the life of the party; loved to sing and dance. After the slaying of his son, Yorki, he was actively involved in the local community, volunteered at various peace events and collaborated with the founder of the Museum of National Center of African American Artists in Boston to have a plaque created and displayed in honor of his son. He was also a dedicated father and uncle figure to many in the community.
Willie leaves to cherish his memory his sister: Valerie Harris; the mothers of his children: Donna Davis and Shelly Lipscomb; four daughters: India Crawford, Willisha and Deneésha Lipscomb, Tru-Anne; two sons: JáKori and the late beloved Yorki Lipscomb; three stepsons: Daniel Laurent, Danameche, and Dante Davis; son in law: Jason Best; 10 grandchildren (upon the decease of his son, Yorki he stepped in to be a father figure to his granddaughter, Yori Lipscomb); one aunt: Mary R Harris; two God children: Dina Willis and Lakari Thornton; several nieces and nephews; a host of cousins, other relatives, many dear friends, who mourn his passing. Two special friends: Paula Williams and Carmen Ayala.
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