Rhys Miles Harriman, 53: Enthusiastic father who loved the outdoors

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FALMOUTH — Rhys Miles Harriman, of Underwood, Wash., formerly of Falmouth, died in an accident June 6.

He was born on Jan. 15, 1960, in Boston, Mass., the son of Ann Rees Harriman and Charles Palmer Harriman, of Falmouth.

Harriman was a loving husband, son, father, uncle, brother and friend. He graduated from Falmouth High School in 1978 and received his bachelor’s degree in business in 1982 from Hartwick College, in Oneonta, N.Y.

He was an avid windsurfer and backcountry skier. He worked for outdoor companies including Teton Mountaineering, Life Link and Teton Gravity Research in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and most recently, the Gorge Surf Shop in Hood River, Ore. He was a licensed real estate appraiser for Rocky Mountain Appraisals in Jackson Hole.

Harriman coached soccer, ice hockey and worked as a dorm parent at Red Top, a residential treatment center for young boys in Wilson, Wyo. He was a fervent environmentalist who was committed to maintaining the trails on which he loved to ride and testing the quality of the water of the Columbia River through his volunteer work at Riverkeepers.

He was a loving and enthusiastic father, always willing to jump wholeheartedly into every aspect of his children’s lives. He was also a wonderful friend; he listened to people’s tribulations with a sympathetic ear and greeted everyone with an affable smile. His determination was astounding in that he could be found sailing with a smile on his face loving any wind condition that allowed him to be on the water. He and his wife, Kelly, enjoyed spending the winter months in Baja California, windsurfing and exploring the peninsula. Everywhere he went he had wonderful friends who appreciated his love for life and his enthusiasm for the outdoors.

Harriman is survived by his wife, Kelly Dennis; his sons, Tobin and Dillon Dennis; his father, Charles Palmer Harriman; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Melinda Harriman and John Barry, of Littleton, Colo., Katrina Harriman Conde and Juan Conde, of New Canaan, Conn.; his brother and partner, Graham Harriman and Scott Kirkham, of New York, N.Y.; and his nieces and nephew, Kendall Harriman Hartzell, Haley Harriman Conde and Jesse Harriman Barry. He was predeceased by his mother, Ann Rees Harriman.

A memorial service was held Sunday at the Falmouth Congregational Church. Another memorial service will be held at a later date in Washington state.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Red Top Meadow School, PO Box 290, Wilson, WY 83014 or Columbia Riverkeepers, Hood River Office, 111 Third St., Hood River, OR 97031.