John Perry Harrison

October 2, 1931 – May 28, 2021
It is with profound sadness I tell of the death of John Harrison, who has left us too soon.
John was born in Seattle, but raised in Vancouver, going to St. George’s, Prince of Wales and University of BC.
After university he spent a year in Australia, and on returning to Vancouver he bought Wright’s Travel Agency. Later he was with Vancouver Management until in 1970, he took his bride, Terry French, away on a year-long honeymoon in Europe.
Once back in Canada, they decided on a life away from the big city, choosing the Cowichan Valley, where they bought a 42-acre farm on Maple Bay Rd. and embarked on a life of raising purebred sheep, dogs, chickens and geese and revelling in being Country Folk.
Next came the purchase of Floral Art Shops, one in downtown Duncan across from City Hall and the other in Duncan Mall. During these years John was on the original Totem Pole Committee, was president of the Duncan- Cowichan Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Cowichan Exhibition.
After 20 years of being surrounded by lovely flowers and plants in their business, the Harrisons retired to their two-acre home in Mill Bay, where the garden and their Weimaraner dogs were his joy.
John was predeceased by his elder brother, Bill Harrison of Harrison Lake, and by his sister Deborah (Power) Jones of Ste. Agathe, PQ.
John is mourned by his wife of 51 years, Terry, in Mill Bay, by his brother Michael Power and his wife Jane in White Rock, by his brothers-in-law, Fred French and his wife Yvonna in Victoria, Bud French in Saanich and Dode French in Victoria as well as nephew Kenton French and his wife, Susanne, and their two sons, Nicholas and Alexander in Victoria.
He will be remembered with love by his niece Marie Potter and nephews Tony Harrison in North Vancouver, Paul Harrison in Cassidy, McShane and Tom Jones in Montreal, Derek Power in Toronto and Robert Power in England and their spouses.
All will remember him as the handsome, loving uncle with the wonderful laugh.
John’s ashes will be interred in the French family plot in the graveyard at St. Francis Xavier Church in Mill Bay on Saturday, June 12 at 5 pm and at the same time, there will be memorial for John at the Farrell family monument in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.
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