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EDWARD THOMAS (ED) HARRISON

EDWARD THOMAS (ED) HARRISON Of Unionville, Ontario, passed away from a sudden heart attack on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the age of 79. Beloved son of Ellen and Edward Harrison, Ed was born in Salford, England on March 13, 1933 and immigrated to Canada in 1957 where he settled in the Toronto area, joined State Farm as an Insurance Agent and met his soul mate, Renée-Michèle, whom he lovingly referred to as "My Michèle". Ed and Michèle were joined in holy matrimony in 1975 and remained an inseparable pair ever since. A true English gentleman in every sense, integrity was the cornerstone of Ed's existence; his word meant everything. As a man of action, he consistently under-promised and over- delivered on the tasks he committed to. A firm believer in personal growth and development, Ed constantly challenged himself to be the very best in everything he set his mind to. With a servant's kind and loving heart, his greatest joy always came from helping other people. He lived his life with humility and a sense of purpose, generously sharing his love and wisdom with all who knew him. While building his business, he earned several financial and business degrees including CLU, ChFC and CFP so that he could better serve his clients. Ed's interests were as diverse and extensive as the man himself. He was an avid reader, sports fan and accomplished Billiards player. Undeniably, the role Ed cherished most was that of family patriarch. Ed is adoringly remembered by his wife, Renée-Michèle and their 5 sons: Steve, Mark, Ted (deceased), Edward and Tom, to whom he provided unconditional love, guidance and support. In addition to his sons and their spouses, Ed also leaves behind 9 grandchildren: Evan, Gillian, Collin, Olivia, Jake, Grant, Eric, Grace and Chloe who will all miss his presence immensely. Friends and family are welcome to visit at the HIGHLAND FUNERAL HOME - MARKHAM CHAPEL, 10 Cachet Woods Court, Markham, on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, January 25, 2013 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. In celebration of the life and legacy of Ed Harrison, a funeral service will be held at the Highland Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. For directions, please call 905-887-8600, or visit www.MarkhamFuneralHome.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2013
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