John Michael Harrison

December 5, 1951December 23, 2020

John M. Harrison, 69, of Canton, OH, passed away at The Pines Healthcare Center on December 23, 2020 from complications of COVID-19.

John lived most of his life in North Canton, and until recently often took the bus to his old neighborhood, chatting with longtime friends and hanging out at his favorite restaurants and stores, greeting the regulars with a big smile. Until the coronavirus pandemic made it too difficult, John liked nothing more than to be around people. He worked out at the Y, attended services at High Mill Church, and frequented car shows. He enjoyed chatting with the other residents in his group home and looked forward to participating in activities and going on outings with them. Over his lifetime, John built up an extensive collection of sports memorabilia and other collectibles. He was also a big fan of music, especially classic rock and country, and often listened to his large collection of CDs.

Wherever he went, John was never without his endearing smile and chuckle. People naturally cared for the special man that John was and what he brought to their lives. He will be sorely missed by many friends and family members.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Harrison and Shirley (Kesper) Harrison, and brother James L. Harrison. He is survived by his siblings, Judith Pozar of Amherst, MA, Jane Moore of Jones, AL, and Ronald Harrison of Jacksonville Beach, FL, and many other loving relatives and friends.

John will be buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, near his beloved parents and grandparents. A memorial service will be held in 2021 when we can safely gather again.

Contributions may be made in John’s name to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Goodwill Industries.


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Steve Harrison

January 7, 2021

Dear Cousins,
Thinking of you and praying for us all.

To John,
Rest in Peace dear and gentle Cousin.


Monica Smith

January 6, 2021

Dear cousins:

Sending my love. I will think of you and John and happier times together.


Keith Harrison

January 6, 2021

I always felt uplifted whenever I happened to run into John around town and talked with him a few minutes.
Good Memories

Cousin Sue Tetzlaff

January 6, 2021

Dear cousins Judy, Jane, & Ron,
I have fond memories of our times together as youngsters, over the holidays. (Your mom’s ham loaf was ever-popular.) Our memories of John’s laid-back personality and casual conversations at Harrison Reunions are pleasant ones. You are all in our prayers. We are sure he is already greeting people, in Heaven, with his happy smile. Sending hugs!
Susie & John

Pam McManus

January 1, 2021

Dear Cousins Judy, Jane, and Ron,

I am so sorry for your loss. May you always feel John's spirit in your hearts and find joy in remembering his smile.


Mindy Hamaker

December 31, 2020

I am going to miss John.He was a great guy,so friendly Rip your friend Mindy from Cafe 1320

Sharon and Jeff Williams

December 30, 2020

Dear Judy, Ron and Jane,

We were sorry to hear of John’s passing. We will certainly miss seeing and spending time with him. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Susan Oconnor

December 30, 2020

I am so saddened to hear of John's passing. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with everyone who knew John. I met John through my sister Sharon and her husband Jeff who he lived across the street from the family. I know there were a couple of times he thought I was Sharon as we are twins! Their relationship with John was that of love and respect and he visited them often as they did him as well. He was a very kind spirit.

Amy Walther

December 30, 2020

Sending heartfelt sympathy to you all.
Love, Amy Walther

Patricia Donze

December 30, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to the family. I have many happy memories of holidays with John and your family at my mom and dad's farmhouse.
Tricie & Dick Donze