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Keith Harrison

With profound sadness we announce the sudden death of Keith Harrison, on April 10, 2019, at his home on Hornby Island. Born in Vancouver in 1945, Keith was a well-loved and respected professor of English and Creative Writing and Journalism at Vancouver Island University for 22 years. Upon retirement, he was honoured by VIU as Academic Emeritus. In his decades of teaching he delighted in supporting his students as emerging thinkers and writers. Last year, Keith was happy to see his ninth book published, a scholarly study, Shakespeare, Bakhtin, and Film: A Dialogic Lens. He devoted his writing time to fiction as well, publishing five novels. Throughout his life Keith was intensely engaged with the arts, with a huge curiosity and great enthusiasm for words and ideas. He will be remembered for his warmth, lively wit and generous conversation.

Keith treasured a very deep affection for his grandchildren, Reid, Zoë and Wiley. He is survived as well by his life-long love, JoAnn, their two sons, John-Paul (wife Tracy) and Justin (wife Sarah), his brother Douglas (wife Betty), his sister Joan (husband Jim White), and many cherished family members, colleagues and friends.


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Nigel Krauth

June 13, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear about this. Keith was a wonderful academic and writer. His approach to writing and teaching was fresh and real. He was a delightful human force. With sympathies from Australia.

Ursula Vaira

April 28, 2019

Dear JoAnn-

I am so sorry to hear. Sending love with this message to you and the family. I have such good memories of spending time with Keith in the past. He was so kind. Such a wonderful writer. So generous with his time.

Marilyn Kopansky Allen

April 19, 2019

Dear JoAnn,
Chris and I are so sorry to hear the sad news of your beloved Keith's passing.
Keith was a lovey man, clever and kind.
You and Keith were both so welcoming to me when I arrived on the High Salal scene, schooling me in the ways of council and strata bylaws, we shared deep discussions and laughter too.
The last time I saw Keith , he was walking along the road, joyful. He spoke of his latest work and delight in his grandchildren. We smiled at our good fortune to be in such as beautiful place.
I will always remember Keith this way, happy and grateful.
with love,
Marilyn and Chris

Marian Paris

April 19, 2019

Our Paris clan was joyfully expanded when Betty met Dexter. The Pettigrews and Harrisons are joined in deep shock and grief over Keith's sudden passing. His warmth, wit and welcoming smile made each encounter with Keith a delight. To Jo, Rob and your families, we send our deepest condolences at this sad time. We hope that in the weeks, months and years to come we can reunite in loving remembrance of an irreplaceable person. Jeremy and I cherish our precious visits with you both at High Salal. The image of Keith's writing sanctuary nestled in the arbutus forest above Tribune Bay will forever hold his talents, energy and spirit in our hearts.

Christine Lowther

April 18, 2019

One of the nicest people I ever met. Creative, brainy, unconventional, sensitive, gentle, warm, welcoming, friendly, understanding, accepting. Likewise Keith and Jo one of the best couples I ever had the good fortune to meet. I will post a photo as soon as I find it. I'm a better person for knowing you guys and Earth's a better planet for having had Keith living, creating and teaching on it.