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John Joseph Harrison

May 23, 1929April 6, 2021

John Joseph (Johnny) Harrison

Johnny passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by his loving family, on April the 6th, 2021 in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of Jean Harrison (nee McNaughton) for over 60 years. Loved father of George (Bambi) of Brockville, Anne Dobos (Mike) of Port Hope, Margaret Bland (Craig) of Abbotsford, BC and John (Carrie) of Oshawa. Survived by his brother, Ranald (Lilian) of Thorold, and sister, Verna Riordan (late Peter), of Oshawa, brother-in-law, Roger Wood of Ottawa and sister-in-law Maria Harrison (nee Papps) of Maxville. Predeceased by his parents, Angus and Josephine (nee Lee) Harrison and loving siblings Hazel, Jimmy (Inez), Charlie (Marie), Lee, Margaret McDaniel (Pat), Betty Wood, George and Bob. He will be missed dearly by his ten grandchildren Jessica (Dan), Emily, Hannah (Stephen), Laura, Katie (Kelton), Harrison, Isaac (Sophia), Marshall, Samuel and Gracie, and two great-grandchildren Willa-Rose and Max.

He had a special gift for remembering infinite details about his upbringing at MacMillan’s Corners, Ontario, and his ability to retell stories contributes to the legacy he leaves behind. He loved reminiscing and shared these stories with anyone who would lend an ear. He could relay geographical facts about Oshawa from his early days here, in the late 1940s, and his ability to remember dates, times, places and people was unmatched.

A huge thank you to all who made his last few days peaceful, especially his nurse extraordinaire, daughter-in-law, Carrie, and his fabulous PSW, Alma. Funeral arrangements will be determined at a later date, due to COVID. If you wish to make a memorial donation, they can be made to Diabetes Canada (


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Carol Mahoney

May 5, 2021

Dear Jean and family,
My condolences on the death of Johnny. I will always treasure my visits to the Harrison house hearing Johnny’s stories and sharing a drink. May he Rest In Peace.

Dave and Pam Walton

April 21, 2021

Dear Jean, George, Anne, Margaret & John.

Pam and I were truly saddened to hear of Johnny’s passing.

We will always cherish the fond memories we have of Johnny’s stories, his humour and of course his impeccable ability to recall people’s names and events from years gone by.

We were so fortunate to live across the street from the Harrison’s for so many years and enjoy many neighbourhood events with Jean and Johnny, including the odd glass of red wine.

Jean, we look forward to seeing you when our world allows it. Stay safe.

Our deepest condolences.
May he Rest In Peace.

Pam and Dave Walton

Caterina Cathcart

April 21, 2021

Dear Margaret, Jean and family, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of John. He loved his family very much especially his grandchildren. He loved watching them play in the pool and we were so privileged to have spent many afternoons there with them.
Please keep those memories with you and accept our condolences and prayers. He was very loved by so many. ♥️

Caterina, Cassandra and Elizabeth xoxo

Mark MacDonald

April 19, 2021

The Harrison's
Dear Jean , George, Anne , Margaret , John

Please accept our condolences on Johnny's passing . He was (you all were) very good friends of ours back in the Stewart / Crawforth years. In more recent times when visiting my mother we always enjoyed seeing Johnny while out on his daily stroll, which always included a friendly greeting and a laugh or two. In particular during my mothers latter years on Stewart you were a valued part of the neighbourhood web which she enjoyed greatly.

Condolences and Best Wishes to all of the Harrison Family
Mark MacDonald and Family

Kathleen Pezzarello

April 12, 2021

It was a privilege to meet John. Listening to recollections as shared by him made you feel as though you were part of the story. He was amazing and his smile lit up a room. We both wish we had met you both much earlier in our lives.

Joe & Kathleen Pezzarello
God bless - Namaste

Ralph and Doris Pallone

April 11, 2021

Dear Jean and Family,
We are saddened to read of the passing of John. Please accept our deepest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Your many fond memories and the love and support of family and friends will give you strength in the days ahead. May he Rest In Peace.

Fred, Pauline, Craig, Ken Graham

April 11, 2021

Dear Jean, you, John and Family were beautiful neighbours to have had. We would like to express our sorrow for your loss with the passing of John.
You are in our thoughts.
God bless everyone and may we all keep safe in these trying times.

Our deepest sympathy.

Tom Ward

April 11, 2021

To the family : Very sorry to her of Johns passing. He was a great man and always greeted myself with a smile and a friendly hello.

John Beaudette

April 10, 2021

Jean, George and Family

Gertie and I send our thoughts and prayers to you at this difficult time. Current circumstances make these life events so much harder but we will overcome all barriers placed in our path.

We moved to Picton a little over five years ago so that would explain our absence from Holy Family church and area.

John & Gertie

Michael Smith

April 10, 2021

Dear Jean, George, Anne. Margaret. John and families. I was saddened to hear of John's passing. I have many fond memories of visiting George and his family over the years, in Whitby after we met at Kemptville College. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. He will be missed by many...