Born Sept. 21, 1935, in Little York, NJ, he was the son of the late Edward and Elizabeth Paul Harrison.
He graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 1954 and married his high school sweetheart, JoAnn Condon Harrison. They were married for 61 years. Mr. Harrison was a detective with the Phillipsburg Police Department for two years and then worked as a project coordinator for Met Ed's Electrical Engineering Department for 33 years. He was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne from 1954 to 1956.
Mr. Harrison enjoyed playing golf and was a member of several leagues; he was an excellent wood carver, and enjoyed fishing. He coached youth sports for many years starting in the late 1950s with Firthtown football, as well as with PAL wrestling, and football and baseball with Steele Hill. A longtime member of St. Philip & St. James Catholic Church, he also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was many years ago, a member of Citizens Hose and the Holy Name Society.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Harrison is survived by his children, Lynn Harrison of Easton, PA, Chuck Harrison and wife Betsy of Breinigsville, PA, and Chris Harrison of Goldsboro, PA. Grandchildren are Kristin Regina, David Harrison, Alison Pickel, Stephanie Miers, and Nicholas Harrison. Great-grandchildren are Briella, Blain, Alexandria, and Morgan. Mr. Harrison is also survived by a brother, Gene Harrison, and sister, Betty Suydam. He was also predeceased by a brother, the late James Harrison.
A calling hour will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at the Finegan Funeral Home at 302 Heckman Street in Phillipsburg from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Philip & St. James Catholic Church on South Main Street, also in Phillipsburg. The entombment will be at Holy Apostles Mausoleum in Greenwich Township, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Phillipsburg Emergency Squad, 360 Prospect St., Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 or the Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860.