1 Year Remembering Charlene Harris a Remarkable Somerville Legend

By Anthony Boyd

Charlene Harris was 57 years old when she died. She would have been 58 years old if she was alive today. Also she was very well-known and well respected all around Sommerville. Charlene died on March 24th 2017.

Charlene worked at Sommerville High School as an Osha instructor in the Career Technical Education department since about 2012. She was just about everybody’s  favorite person and a mentor. Charlene mostly helped every kid that lived in Sommerville.

“She was the best mother anyone could have ever asked for” said Sara Harris, Charlene’s daughter.

Sara said that “The year definitely flew by fast. It seems like I was just talking to her yesterday. Its hard to believe it’s been a year.”

Sara just misses the casual conversation and going out to dinner with her mom Charlene.

She also said, “My favorite moment with my mom is Mothers Day 2016, when we went to NY to see Wicked on Broadway. We had the whole weekend together just us.”

“To be honest, some days are good, some bad, some days I don’t even think about it” said Andrea Harris, Charlene’s daughter.

Every time when something happens to Andrea she says to herself “Don’t forget to tell mom this when you get home” but she remembers she can’t.

Andrea said that, “She had more time to spend with her grandchildren. Its those small things that mean the most in life.”

She also said that, “My  favorite moment with my mom was the Elton John and Billy Joel concert at Gillette Stadium in 2009. I remember it was a great show and on the ride home from Foxboro, they were playing Elton John and Billy Joel, top 40, on the radio. When we got back to Sommerville there were still like 12 songs left in the countdown, so we went to a Dunkin’ Donuts. We grabbed a coffee and sat in the parking lot just listening to the rest of the songs.

The Harris family would finally like to thank everyone for their continued support for Charlene Harris.

Finally, Daniel Harris (son of Charlene’s) will be holding a wrestling show May 11th from 7pm-10pm for Charlene and 100% of ALL proceeds from the event will go to the Charlene Harris Scholarship Foundation.

RIP Charlene, November 29, 1959 – March 24, 2017

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