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GYPSY JOE HARRIS GRAVESTONE - DEDICATED OCTOBER 2006

         
   

Gypsy Joe's daughter, Charmaine Dancy, prepares her son (Harris look-alike & grandson) Freddy Dancy prior to the gravestone ceremony on October 28, 2006.

 
         
   

The new gravestone was covered with red velvet until its unveiling by daughters Charmaine Dancy and Deborah Merritt.

 
         
   

Gypsy Joe's new headstone at Merion Memorial Park in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

 
         
   

Gypsy Joe was born on December 1, 1945 and died March 6, 1990.  He was 44 years old at the time of his death. 

 
         
   

Family Resemblance.

Dead-ringers for the boxing legend: grandson Freddy Dancy and son Joe Lee Merritt celebrate at the Veteran Boxers Association (VBA) clubhouse in Port Richmond.

 
         
   

Gypsy Joe's brother, Anthony Molock, author of the biography "Gypsy Joe Harris: Son of Philadelphia" addresses family and friends at the VBA. Joe Lee Merritt stands by with his father's PA Boxing Hall of Fame plaque.

 
         
    Harris sister Arneta Miller, the youngest of the family,  talks about her big brother at the post-ceremony luncheon.  
         
    Gypsy Joe's big sister Dai'iyah Waheed (a.k.a. Milky) reads her comments to those assembled at the boxing club.  
         
    Sister Renee Fisher and family celebrate at the VBA luncheon.  
         
    Gypsy Joe's family, including - daughter Deborah Merritt (in white) and sister Pearl (behind Debra in red).

 

 
         
 

We thank all those who helped make this memorial possible by donating to the
Philly Boxing History Gravestone fund in 2006:

Ralph Andracchio, Anonymous Donor, Elmer Bauer, Hal Cohen, Phil Cohen, Terrance Coleman, Nigel Collins, Thomas Paine Cronin, Dan Cuoco, Paul DellaVecchia, Jennifer & John DiSanto, Robert & Tracy Hofstrom, Gypsy Joe Harris Sisters, Floyd Haskins, Tyrone Hogan, Robert Levin, David Levinson, Gregory Lewis, McGuinness Funeral Homes, Thomas O'Neill, Raymond Paquette, Dorothy Petner, Pride of Camden Elks Lodge #83, Richard Santore, Robert D. Scott, Ernest Solomon, Charles Titano, Anthony Valenti, James P. Vines,
& VBA Ring 1

 
     
         

 

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