In 2021 the Bike Shop was christened the Dave Owen and Dick Harris Memorial Bike Shop in honor of two of its long time volunteeer leaders.
Dick Harris was born Richard Stuart Harris on March 24, 1928 in Portland, Maine. He lived in Maine until he was 16 years old when his family moved to St. Petersburg. He went in the Air Force after graduation from St. Petersburg High School and served on Guam as a Motor Pool Technician. He was a WWII veteran. After serving in the military, he went to work for the St Petersburg Police Department as a motorcycle policeman where he was nicknamed “Pinky” because of his red complexion. After 25 years with the department, he retired in 1978.
Dick started to work at the Christmas Toy Shop in 1991 and worked there 2 days a week for 28 years. Working with bicycles was something he enjoyed most of his life. The Toy Shop was his second love and he enjoyed giving tours. He was always very proud of the number of bicycles they repaired and he looked forward to giving them away each Christmas. He enjoyed the guys, the teasing and especially the comradery of the group. Dick left the Toy Shop in 2019 when he moved to Tampa to be closer to his daughter. He passed on October 15, 2020.