Bernard M. Harrison

December 27, 1929February 27, 2019
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Bernard “ Bernie” Matthew Harrison passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the age of 89. Bernie was born on December 27, 1929 in Guilford, Connecticut to the late Bernard and Mary "Molly" Matthews Harrison. He was a devoted husband to his late wife Elise Miller Harrison for 67 years. Bernie was a long time resident of Killingworth, Connecticut. Bernie had a passion for landscaping and gardening. He worked alongside his brother Calvin at Harrison Landscaping for over forty years. In his later years, Bernie was a frequent contributor at the Dudley Farm Farmer’s Market in Guilford. He had a life long love of cats and dogs, particularly his latest dog Daisy. He was known for his Yankee ingenuity, outspoken political views, and his kind, gentle spirit. He enjoyed the company of his neighbors and everyone knew his name at Nick’s Place Restaurant in Madison. In addition to his parents Bernie was predeceased by his wife Elise; his four brothers, Herbert, Russell, Calvin, and Richard. He is survived by his nephew Calvin (Donna) Harrison of Unionville, CT; nieces, Noreen (Jeff) Koester of Castleberry, FL; Cynthia Harrison and her partner Chris of Los Angeles, CA; a nephew Brian Harrison of Keene, NH. He is also survived by his great niece Katherine Harrison of Branford, CT; He is also survived by his brother in-law Bill Miller of Engelwood, FL. Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 10 - 12 with a Service at 12 p.m. in the Swan Funeral Home, 825 Boston Post Road, Madison, Connecticut 06443. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Green Hill Rd., Killingworth Connecticut.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, March 9, 2019

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Norene Koester

March 15, 2019

We will miss you Uncle Bernie! Brian& I have many fond memories of growing up next door to you, visiting you in the garden, you & Elise bringing apple cider every thanksgiving for the family gathering, get-togethers at holidays and throughout the years, gathering at the kitchen table for a cup of tea and conversation, dirt clod fights in your garden with my brothers, your garden clothes permanently stained with Killingworth soil and well worn(!) , you appearing at our door as you headed back home at night from the garden, dropping off vegetables, and your weather worn cheeks red from the chill and your ever twinkling blue eyes. In later years, you have been the remaining Harrison brother who has been our source of family history and lots of fun stories about my dad & your view of my family that only a big brother/uncle would remember in such vivid detail. I enjoyed your company, our visits, and conversations. Our children too enjoyed knowing you as their great uncle and so glad you at least were able to briefly chat with and meet your great great nephews over the phone and hear Nolan say, "Happy, happy happy!" which brought you much joy! There's no way to sum up your life and legacy in a paragraph but you were enjoyed, loved and appreciated by your family, friends and neighbors. You are and will be missed!

P Adams

March 6, 2019

To Calvin and Donna and Family,

My prayer to you and your family at this difficult times, I will miss hearing funny stories of Uncle Bernie, my he be in peace. he will be watching all of you up in heaven. Peace

Wendy DeWolfe

March 4, 2019

Will Miss you Uncle Bernie, I remember when I was young getting pumpkins that came from his garden around Halloween Time and me and my sisters would each get one. Also getting together at the Chowder Pot or the Fish Tale for Lunch.

Patricia Bello

March 3, 2019

A true gentleman and a gentle soul. Sam so loved his conversations with him. So as the two of you meet again, know how much you will be missed. Squash soup will never be quite the same. We will never again say this is the best because the squash is from Bernie's garden. Go in peace. Pattie

Cyndi Harrison

March 1, 2019

We will miss you!!

Pamela Faber

March 1, 2019

My most vivid memory is walking with Uncle Bernie, hand in hand on his property. Looking up at him and listening to his gentle voice.

Jody Bush

March 1, 2019

Bernie was my blessed friend for over forty years. We laughed worked and talked with joyous abandon and humor. Lord I will miss him. Jody (and Flag) and John

Donna Rechetnuk-Begin

March 1, 2019

We will miss our weekend adventures. Xxoo. Rest In Peace Calvin and Donna

Chris Vining

February 28, 2019

Many happy memories of Uncle Bernie.


Bernie and James


Uncle Bernie


Bernie and Daisy


Daisy and Bernie


Bernie and Daisy Christmas


Uncle Bernie, Aunt Elise, Me, Joyce and William Miller


Elise and Bernie


Bernie and Elise


Elise and Bernie Catching a Bite to Eat on their Wedding Day 4-18-1953