Beaverton business pays tribute to township teen killed in collision

A Beaverton area business has paid tribute to the Brock Township teen that was killed in a collision on Simcoe Street.

Fisher’s Your Independent Grocer has established an in-store memorial for 18-year-old Richard ‘RJ’ Harris, who died on Nov. 22.

Not only was RJ an employee, his mother – Jenny – is a long-time manager at the business.

“Our collective hearts are broken with the sudden passing of one of our own. We struggle for words and wish we could ease the pain,” reads a post on social media.

“RJ was a beloved member of our store family and we are going to miss him so much.”

The post notes that many customers have reached out to send condolences to the family in the days since the tragedy.

“We have set up RJ’s Tree of Hope. If you wish, you can write a note and place it on the tree or drop a card in the basket and we will pass all of them onto the family,” it reads.

A member of a large family, RJ is survived by his parents, step-parents, three siblings and five step-siblings.

“RJ was a bright, kind, caring young man that loved all his siblings, family and friends. He loved music, sports, Xbox and of course, sleeping,” his obituary reads.

“RJ was our in-house tech advisor, who had an uncanny ability to fix anything and everything. RJ graduated from Brock High School in June 2020 and had an incredible life in front of him. His presence will be forever missed.”