George Harrison

Died: Sun., Mar. 1, 2020


Family to do services at later date


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This is the story of George Harrison who left us Sunday March 01, 2020, who was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished.

On a spring day a little boy came into the world to Alexander and Sadie Harrison, at their farm on the Calabash Rd, Southside Boularderie. This little boy grew up loving everything truck or tractor related. In his early years he sold Massey Ferguson tractors, Stihl chainsaws and Sno Jet snowmobiles. Eventually he started his own construction company. In the winter he kept busy plowing snow and hauling salt. The rest of the year he dug ditches, hauled gravel, cleared land and built driveways to name a few. There was never a job too big or too small. He took extreme pride in his work and a job well done. He was famous for asking people to help him in the yard. He would always say it’s a quick job that will only take 5 minutes, and anyone that had that pleasure soon found out a 5 minute job really meant a full afternoon. And when you did help him you heard ”Get Me” many times. He didn’t have a lazy bone in his body. Da was world renowned for his lack of patience, not holding back his opinion and a knack for telling it like it was. He always told you the truth even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear. (His regrets were few). With that said he was genuine to a fault, a pussy cat at heart (or a lion) and he sugar coated nothing. He was as tough as nails and as stubborn as a mule. His extensive vocabulary was more than highly proficient at knowing more curse words than most people learned in a lifetime. He liked (maybe even loved) four letter words. Trust me we heard many, especially when he gave us a job and we didn’t follow his orders. Da took his fashion cues from no one. His signature everyday look was all his, a plain white pocketed undershirt designed by the fashion house Fruit Of The Loom, his green work shirt with matching work pants which held a pocket full of wrenches sold exclusively at Woolco or Zellers, and a good old pair of rubber boots. It’s 5:50am, the time of day that da would be headed out the door to start his day, only today he trucked up the stairway to heaven. His spirit was released from his worn out shell of a body and is now exploring the universe. George is survived by his children Sylvia, Rosella, Brian, grandchildren, great grand children, sister Mary Hunt, brother Peter(Shirley), sister in laws Sherrill Harrison, Jessie MacNeil, Barbara MacKenzie. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Doris, son Glenn, son in law Russell Campbell, grand daughter Ashley Campbell, sister Annie Saltesz and brother Michael (Mikey).

Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the SPCA, or a charity of your choice.                                                            

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Dee Clarkson
   Posted Tue March 03, 2020
My sincerest condolences on the passing of your Dad. His obituary described poor George to a tee. I lived in Big Bras D’Or and if any digging had to be done George was the man to call. He always got the job done right. I am sure he left you many good memories to get you through the difficult times. God Bless and give you the strength to get through the coming days. RIP George.

Shirley MacRae
   Posted Wed March 04, 2020
Your Dad was a hard working man, everyone in Big Bras D’Or can attest to that.. He would never see anyone stuck, he was always ready to help. He & Dad got along great they both knew what hard work was all about. I can remember one time I was going out the St. James Rd and it was a sheet of ice. My car slide to the side, but a snowbank stopped me from going over. I had to walk to Mr. Clark’s to get help. They said,call George, he’ll come. A few minutes later he came up the road with his loader, bucket full of sand. He spread the sand all over the road where I was and told me how to turn the car and come back out the St. James. He said, “ Don’t oit your foot on the brake”, even if it starts to slide, just creep along and you’ll be fine. I did what he said and got safely back to the main road. My knees were shaking, I had been terrified. I wanted to pay him, but no way would he take anything. That’s what neighbors are for, he said. Extending deepest Sympathy to you all, your Dad can rest now, he’s at peace.
Sincerely,
Shirley (Kaiser) MacRae

Ross & Carolyn Richards
   Posted Wed March 04, 2020
To the Harrison family, our thoughts and prayers go out to you folks at this time. George’s obituary fits him to a Tee. He did a great deal of work for us, it was great to know him. Take care & God bless, Ross & Carolyn.

Kevin MacLeod, Ottawa, Ontario
   Posted Wed March 04, 2020
I was deeply saddened to learn of George's recent passing although, in so many respects it was truly a blessing for him and his family. George was one of those individuals whose path we cross in life and for which we remain eternally grateful. He was a man who was genuinely larger than life, in so many ways, and indeed had a heart to match. He was generous to a fault and, what is not as well known and appreciated as it should be, is that he did a great deal of work for his friends, neighbours and wider community gratis. This included the two local churches: St. James Presbyterian and St. John's United. He is now at home and I have no doubt that he entered through the pearly gates of Heaven on his terms - driving his beloved backhoe. There, as he no doubt continues to work, may he find peace and happiness as his family, we trust, will find comfort My deepest sympathies.

Donna MacLeod Miller
   Posted Wed March 04, 2020
Sincere sympathy to Sylvia, Rosella & Brian on the Loss of your Dad. The loss of a parent(s) changes the rest of our days forever.

Alfred and Connie
   Posted Thu March 05, 2020
We are sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Please accept our deepest condolences to you and your family.

Heather Mac Neil
   Posted Sat March 07, 2020
I was so saddened to hear the passing of your Father, George. I have many fond memories of him and Doris, while spending time at my Grandparents and other relatives in Big Bras d'Or. He certainly was a character. Thinking of you all at this sad time...

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