John Harrison
1929 - 2021
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John Harrison The family of John Fred Harrison of Weyburn, SK are deeply saddened to announce the passing of their beloved brother and uncle on May 3, 2021. John Frederick Harrison was born on December 15, 1929 at the Whitewood Hospital. After the death of his father, John Harrison, in 1937, his mother Agnes (Lowe) moved the family from the farm to Whitewood. Fred, along with his older brother and sister, twins, James and Irene, and younger sister Lovella attended the Whitewood School. Even as a child, he was always willing to work and make a dollar. He was a paper carrier of the Winnipeg Tribune for several years and also hired out to local farmers in the summer holidays. After his schooling, he worked for the Department of Highways on the No. 1 and 9 highways from 1947 to 1950. He and his brother Jim worked in northern Ontario at a bush camp for Ontario Hydro in the winter of 1950-51. In the spring and summer of 1952, he drove a long- haul transport truck route from Saskatoon through Detroit, Chicago, Windsor and Toronto. At the beginning of the oil boom in Saskatchewan, Fred left the highway department to work for the Independent Oil Exploration Company on the seismograph crew, eventually working in Rimbey, Alberta. In 1954, he went back to southeastern Saskatchewan. At this time, a new industry, Western Wire and Cable Company was starting up in Weyburn, and Fred was hired. In 1960 the company became Canada Wire and Cable. Fred was the treasurer for their local United Steel Workers Union for 23 years. He retired from Canada Wire and Cable after 35 years of service. In 1958, Fred married Joan Johnson, the only child of Charles and Winnifred Johnson. Charles farmed in the Silverwood District and Winnie taught school there for many years. Fred and Joan made their home in Weyburn where Joan worked at Waddell's Drugstore among other retailers. Joan died in 1969 after a brief illness at the age of 32. Devoted to her memory, Fred never remarried. After his retirement, Fred chose to stay at his home in Weyburn in the "banana belt" as he fondly called it. He outfitted his garage turning it into a shop. When his yard became too small for his growing list of equipment and projects, he purchased a quarter section of land to the southeast of Weyburn and sold his quarter near Whitewood. Without any formal training in electrical, Fred picked up the knowledge on the job and talked to electricians about his ideas. He enjoyed projects such as converting AC to DC for his drill press so that he could easily control the speed. He also would wire in contactor and relays for his devices, repair motors and starters for obsolete equipment and weld and machine replacement parts. A regular pleasure of his retirement years was going for coffee at the Zippy Mart and later at the Co-op grocery store. He valued the friendships he had with his coffee crew. He was able to trot out his theories on all things and seek their response. On his own much of the time, his group of friends at the coffee table kept him rooted in the happenings of Weyburn and was his social circle. After the COVID-19 pandemic struck and such connections were severed, Fred continued to tour the countryside in his truck with a bag of Dad's cookies and coffee from the Co-op gas station. Predeceased by his wife Joan in 1969 and his brother James Harrison of Whitewood, sister Irene Towill of Whitewood and their spouses Marian Harrison and Frederick Towill as well as brother-in-law Rudolph Jarvi, Fred leaves to mourn his sister Lovella Jarvi of Esterhazy, eight nieces and one nephew and their families including Ruth Towill of Whitewood, Hugh Towill of Seoul, South Korea, Charlotte and Tim Raine of Langenburg and Caroline and Mark MacMurchy of Melville and their daughter, Jocelyn. A funeral service for John Frederick Harrison was held on May 21, 2021 in Whitewood at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church with the Venerable Wilma Woods officiating. Interment followed at the Whitewood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel of Weyburn. The family wishes to thank St. Mary's for opening the church to the family, the Venerable Wilma Woods and the Reverend Brian Woods, Weyburn Emergency Services and the caring and attentive personnel at Fletcher's. Condolences may be left Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Weyburn, Saskatchewan, 306-842-5432

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June 10, 2021
I remember Fred well when he worked at "the plant" Canada Wire. He was a great worker and seemed to be a gentle soul
Ken Murray
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