YMCA: Body was of missing swimmer

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Quinton Harris

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A body that washed up on Little Talbot Island on Monday was that of a swimmer who went missing from Huguenot Park on Saturday evening, according to a tribute page by the YMCA.

The swimmer was identified as Quinton Harris, an employee of the YMCA, according to the page.

"If you had the privilege of knowing Quinton, you understand his unmatched energy, amazing enthusiasm no matter the task, tremendous passion for his work, and his heart that overflowed with compassion," the tribute reads. "Each and every day, he exemplified the quality and attributes of service that set the bar for Y staff members at every level of the organization."

According to the page, Harris began working with the YMCA two years ago as an intern while he studied exercise science at Jacksonville University.

"When he completed his internship, he was a shoe-in to become part of the team at Arlington while he completed his undergraduate career, earning his degree in December 2012," the site reads. "Very recently, he had accepted a full-time position as the Membership Coordinator - a role he earned and certainly would have excelled in. He was looking forward to his future of being a successful chiropractor and planned to start school in fall of 2013. Needless to say, we feel honored to have had the chance, albeit much too short, to have worked alongside such an amazing young man."

Funeral services for Harris will be held in South Carolina, where he was from, according to the website.

An informal gathering with light refreshments at the Y will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Arlington Family YMCA location on Merrill Road.

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