George Francis Harrison

It is with heavy hearts that our family announces the passing of George Francis Harrison on April 25th, 2012, in Vernon, BC.

George was born in Winnipeg, Man. on July 9, 1922, but most of his childhood was spent in Moose Jaw, Sask. He was married to a lovely lady, Margaret Harriott Webb for 58 years, who passed away in October of 2004. He was predeceased by his brothers John Mulvey of Moose Jaw, Sask. and Stewart Harrison of Regina, Sask. and is survived by his brother Desmond Harrison (Rose) of Richmond, BC. He is also survived by his two daughters Stacey Harrison of Wolseley, Sask. and Cathy Klukas (Arthur), of Vernon, BC, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren: granddaughter Kimberley Steeves (Randy) and their children Brodie & Isla of Regina, Sask.; granddaughter Kendal Oswald (Chris) & their children Payton & Cole of Davin, Sask.; granddaughter Kelsey Tourigny (Mike) & their sons Dax & Dominic of Meadow Lake, Sask.; grandson Josh Engel of Vernon BC, and granddaughter Amanda Engel of N. Vancouver BC.

George had an excellent sense of humour, although at times very dry, and enjoyed teasing people. Although he could be a stubborn, proud Irishman at times, he was a generous, kind-hearted man, a caring husband and a loving father to his daughters. His grandchildren affectionately called him “soft touch”. To both he and our mother, family always came first and for that we will be forever grateful.

As a family, although it hardly seems enough, we sincerely wish to thank Dr. David Arnold, doctor extraordinaire, for his attentiveness, time, expertise and huge heart and because of his care our Dad was with us for much longer than he might have been. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to Drs. DeBella and Hamish Hwang of Vernon, and Drs. Kates & Ellett of Kelowna, for all of their expertise and kindness. Also, a huge thank you to Larry Thomson and team at Interior Health, the staff at Vernon Jubilee Hospital and Polson Extended for their care, understanding and kindness through difficult and sometimes thankless jobs that they amazingly perform 24/7. And last but not least, a heartfelt thank you to the excellent, competent, caring staff at Save-on Pharmacy.

In lieu of flowers we would please request, if you wish to make a donation in George’s name, that it be made either to the Canadian Diabetes Association ( or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada ( There will be a small service held at Vernon Funeral Home on May 12th, at 2:00 p.m.

“When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom filled room. Why cry for a soul set free for this is the journey we all must take, and each must go alone. It’s all part of the master’s plan – a step on the road to home.”

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