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Kevin Harris

Kevin Neal Harris

Monday, November 25th, 1968 - Monday, October 19th, 2020
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Kevin Harris was born November 25, 1968 in Pittsburgh, PA to Cornelius and Alene Harris. He peacefully and unexpectedly departed this life on Monday, October 19, 2020.

Kevin attended Penn Hills Senior High School in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated Salutatorian, Summa Cum Laude from Howard University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Actuarial Science in 1990.

He attended the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota as a full academic graduate fellow and in 1993, graduated Summa Cum Laude with an MBA in Finance, all while working full-time, studying and taking Actuarial Exams.

Kevin was an avid jazz lover as well as a self-proclaimed epicurean. He enjoyed, and was proud of, his participation in the annual KC's American Royal BBQ competition. Kevin was referred to many times as a “deep thinker” possessing a significant thirst for knowledge and relished in reading books of various subject matters.

Most considered him to be an old soul - wise behind his years. He had a way of broadening one’s mind, to dig deep, to force you think, whilst guiding you to make the most favorable and informed decision on your own, without merely spoon feeding you his advice. He brought joy to everyone he met in some way.

Kevin was a loving and devoted family man. Being a sincere and reliable friend to many, Kevin would always lend a helping hand with whatever was needed to whomever needed it wearing a warm smile.

Kevin was also an active leader in a range of civic, community and volunteer organizations. Co-Owner - The New Dime Store in Brookside, Local Advisory Board Member, Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer, Fund Development Chair - Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Kansas City, Board Member - Operation Breakthrough, Board Member, Chairperson, Fundraising Co-Chair, Board Development Chair, Finance Committee - Kansas City Young Audiences, Board Member, Treasurer - UMKC Friends of the Conservatory, Chapter Vice President, Life Member - National Black MBA Association (Twin Cities Chapter), Mentor - Jack and Jill Rites of Passage, Mentor - YMCA Black Achievers, Advisory Board Member, Intern School Fundraising Chair - Howard University Center for Insurance Education, Participant - African/African American Summit - Dakar Senegal, Volunteer Teaching Assistant Project 2000 - Stranton Elementary School, Participant - Kansas City Tomorrow, Participant - Leadership Minneapolis

Kevin was proceeded in death by his father Cornelius Harris. He is survived by his loving mother, Alene Harris, wife, Kimberly Swan Harris, daughter, Kaari Laniece Swan, grandson, Novah Mehki Swan-Ward, sister, Kimberly Harris, niece, Amber Nicole Harris (Pittsburgh, PA), mother-in-law, Marilyn Marlene Swan (Minneapolis, MN), sister and brother-in-law Cassandra and Jeff Robinson, nieces/nephew Jassandra Michelle Robinson, Jaila Marche Robinson Jeffrey Randall Robinson II (Minneapolis, MN) as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of close friends and business associates.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to the ALS Association, 416 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15209, www.ALS.org or Autism Speaks, 9200 Olive Blvd., Suite 202, St. Louis, MO 63132.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 30th, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 30th, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Coston Funeral Homes, Inc.- EL
    Address
    427 Lincoln Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206
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  • Interment

    Friday, October 30th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    When
    Friday, October 30th, 2020 1:30pm
    Location
    Homewood Cemetery
    Address
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    Pittsburgh, Pennsylania
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Linda Thomas

Posted at 09:08am
A void has indelibly been left in the world and personally in our lives 
I remember with fond memories Neal as a child, teenager, young man and mature adult. Always a twinkle in his eyes, wide grin, wise and kind words. Though we had not seen one another in a few years, like family,  it would always feel like yesterday when we did. We will miss him.

Harris family, we love you, praying for you and here for you however helpful.  May the Lord comfort you with His peace, surround you in His love, and encourage you with His presence.

Love,
Linda and Derrick Thomas
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Jeremy White

Posted at 03:19pm
I love Kevin Harris. He was my always-faithful friend, my dear brother and my respected mentor. He could transition from "friend/brother" to "mentor" without me even recognizing it (which is one of the many things that made him so special to me and to so many others; he could mentor us in his gracious and unassuming way without us feeling "mentored," but we'd leave the interaction and realize later, "Kev just dropped some serious knowledge on me back there").

I am going to miss him. Missing Kevin means I will miss his friendship, his big and generous heart, his quick wit and sense of humor, his deep wisdom and his outside-the-box thinking and brilliance. I pray that God will comfort Kevin's family.
 
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Tad DeOrio Posted at 06:46pm

Kevin was one-of-a-kind. He was energetic, caring, incredibly smart, hard working and more. He made each of us feel important. He was the first to step up to help his friends and refused any recognition. He loved to learn and wouid encourage others to share is his knowledge. He could lead without having to say very much He used his skills to help many organizations and we shared a passion for helping kids succeed in school. If they got a good start he knew that many could find success I feel privileged to know him and will try to BeLikeKevin. See you later my friend Tad
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