Following a long illness, it is with much regret that we report the sad passing of Colin CT Harris.
Colin was a giant of the smallbore shooting world, winning many trophies and championships. Colin was nationally known for his phenomenal successes in target shooting.
Colin was eighty years of age. In his early years Colin lived in Merthyr Vale a small mining village sited south of Merthyr Tydfil and since retiring, Colin and Michele moved to the Sirhowy valley.
Colin worked most of his working life at the Hoover factory situated in Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil and during his career he progressed from Apprentice to leading Mechanical engineer. His engineering background favoured a desire to understand the mechanics of shooting and Colin was not just working and designing washing machines but also, as many may recall, worked on the Sinclair C5 a small one-person battery electric velomobile.
Manufacturing CT rifle stocks and bespoke triggers was a passion for Colin and every opportunity to shoot was taken, until illness started slowing him down.
He started shooting in Merthyr at the BSA shooting club sited at the BSA factory in Dowlas. He moved to the Llantrisant rifle club and subsequently joined the highly successful South Wales Switchgear Club where he became a member of the only team to win the three prestigious British club championships in the same year. Team of 4 Boroughs & Watts, Team of 6 News of the World and Team of 8 Mackworth Pride. (Results can be viewed on the first floor of the Lord Roberts Centre at Bisley Camp). Llantrisant then amalgamated with the Cardiff Central Rifle Club and won many British honours at long range.
Being a member of each of these clubs Colin’s drive helped the clubs to many national successes.
Colin was a regular at Bisley National meeting with his love of caravans along with his wife Michele who he met through shooting. Winning Class X trophies and proudly being an X Class shooter at its inception at around 1970, he stayed in Class X for over 45 years.
During his career Colin represented Wales over 100 times, in various International matches.
Twice travelling to Camp Perry America in the GB Pershing team to compete against the USA in the Pershing trophy, he was also a member of the Roberts Team in the return match at Bisley, with a vast number of / uncountable GB Dewar representations.
Colin was proud to have competed in four Commonwealth Games, winning two Commonwealth medals. Silver in 1982 at Brisbane with Bill Watkins and a Bronze in 1986 Edinburgh, with Terry Wakefield.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Michelle and his two sons and grandchildren
Colin we will miss you!
Colin’s funeral will be held at Thornhill Crematorium, Cardiff – Wenallt Chapel, on Monday 18th January at 1.15 PM.
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