A Sad Day

Phil HarrisI’m sad… because Phil Harris, captain of the fishing vessel Cornelia Marie on the Discovery Channel’s popular show Deadliest Catch, has passed away. He was 53.

As I reported last week, Harris had just brought his ship into port to offload a catch when he fell victim to a stroke. Although he showed signs of improvement last week, he nevertheless passed away yesterday. I was initially a fan of Sig, a rival captain on the show. But Phil’s preternatural ability to find crab, his gruff (but lovable) personality, he cigarette-affected voice and laugh, and the tough love he showed his sons Jake and Josh (also fishermen on the show) quickly won me over. When I first read of his passing, I almost shed a genuine tear. You will be missed, Phil!

Rest in peace, brother!

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