William (Bill) Harrison
September 29, 1928 – March 3, 2013
Bill Harrison went peacefully to be with his Saviour Jesus Christ on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at the age of 84 years, in the Shalom Nursing Home, Cupar, Saskatchewan, after a five-month stay. He was a kind, gentle, patient, and caring person who enjoyed visiting with others. Bill, who was originally called Vasile in Romanian, was born at Hairy Hill, Alberta, as the third child of ten to John and Annie Harrison (Harasim). In 1930, the family moved to Pierceland, SK. It was on the farm through some travelling evangelists that Bill made his decision to receive Jesus into his life, and throughout his life his desire was that others would have this faith in God. Bill completed his grade 12 at Goodsoil School and entered Teacher's College in Saskatoon and after a few weeks of classes began teaching at age 19. In the 1950s, he attended Bethany Bible School in Hepburn, SK, graduating with a three year diploma. On July 15, 1959, Bill married Elnor Scott of Fiske, SK. Over the next few years, Bill attended the University of Saskatchewan, receiving his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees. He and Elnor moved to southern Saskatchewan, where Bill taught in Kayville, Limerick, and then moved to Dysart in 1965, where he taught 21 1/2 years before retiring in 1986. Bill was always interested in sports and during his career was involved in high school sports. He organized a community badminton club and after retirement helped in the Senior 55+ games, local Scrabble tournaments, shuffleboard, darts, bowling, bean bag, and walking programs. He also loved to garden, plant flowers, and travelled to Europe, South America, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, India, and Israel. His spiritual life was evidenced by daily prayer and Bible reading (reading through the entire Bible at least 13 times), teaching Sunday School for 35 years, leading home Bible studies, serving with the Gideons since 1975 in handing out many New Testaments, and sharing the gospel message of salvation with many people. He was actively involved in camping ministry and founded the Seniors JOY Camp at Echo Lake Bible Camp, serving as a director for 20 years. Bill was predeceased by his parents (John and Annie); parent-in-laws (George & Ida Scott); sisters (Rosie, Mary Meeker, and Pearl Wilton); brother and sisters-in-law (Bob Meeker, Al Wilton, Rick Bacon, David & Norma Scott, Harvey & Margaret Stalwick). Today he is survived by his loving wife Elnor, children Donna (Gerhart) Leischner, Dallas (Hema), Delmer (Marlene), John (Marcy), Garnet (Carolyn), and 14 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Helen Bacon, Vicky (Steve) Simpson, and brothers Mertin, George (Agnes), Mike (Shirley), John (Mary Jane), and by brother and sisters-in-law Melvin (Doris) Scott, Maxine (Ron) Follick and by many nieces and nephews. The Funeral Service will be held Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the Lipton Evangelical Missionary Church, Lipton, SK, at 2:00 p.m. The interment will be at the Dysart Cemetery followed by a luncheon at the Dysart Community Centre. Memorial gifts may be sent to The Gideons, PO Box 3619 STN Main, Guelph, ON, N1H 9Z9 or the Alzheimer Society.