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William Harrison, Urgel Bourgie / Athos

William Harrison
1929 - 2019

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William Harrison

William was born on June 6, 1929 in Harrison Town, St. Ann, Jamaica to Ernest Harrison and Eulalee (Nelson) Harrison. He was the 4th of fourteen children and is survived by 9 – Ionie, Edris, Laura, Pearl, Neville, Valda, Hyacinth, Cynthia and Errol.

William graduated from The Mico Teachers’ College, then taught at Trench Town Elementary, Monroe College, Manchester High School and Ferncourt High School before emigrating to Canada to further his studies at McGill University.

Upon graduation from McGill, Bill taught at Albert Schweitzer School in Saint Bruno, later becoming its Principal. He then moved on to the Terry Fox School (Commission Scolaire Taillon) as Principal.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 51 years, Edelmera, (nee O’Meally); his children Heather (Hines) and William Jr.; cherished grandchildren Geneva and Sonnet Hines; and son-in-law Owen Hines.

Bill will be remembered for his love of painting landscapes, drawing and his writing ability. He cared greatly for others, and was totally devoted to his family.

Thanks to all friends and family for their compassion and support. Thanks also to the doctors and nurses who helped Bill through his illness. A final thanks also to the church family that always kept him in their prayers.

The family will be receiving condolences at

Funeral Complex
1559, rue Montarville, St-Bruno

on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 2:00-5:00 p.m and 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 28, 2019 as of 12 noon at the church

A celebration to commemorate Bill’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2019, in St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, 105 Rue de Cherbourg, corner of Roberval, St. Bruno followed by a reception in the church hall.

Donations in William Harrison’s memory may be made to:

McGill University, Faculty of Education. https://www.alumni.mcgill.ca/give/


Pierre Boucher Hospital https://fondationhpb.org/faire-un-don/

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Messages in memory of William Harrison

Daniel Fudalewski
December 23, 2019
Mr Harrison would tell us stories at the school assemblies at Terry Fox elementary and one story in particular resonated with me. It was a simple story about himself when he was young, still living in Jamaica, and he had climbed a tree to acquire a fruit. I could never recall if it was a mango or a coconut or whatever because that part didn't matter. What did matter was that he found himself trying to enjoy the literal fruits of his labours and found it brought him little joy. It was only once he had found a friend and shared it with that friend that what he worked for felt worth it and the fruit tasted so much sweeter. This story planted a seed in my young and impressionable mind that has grown ever since. And each time a friend, family member or even a stranger would thank me for sharing what little I had at any particular moment I would let them know that them sharing what I had with me made ME a happier and more appreciative person. Mr Harrison was a kind and loving man. Through his brief interactions with me he brought about many acts of sharing, love and kindness. If that was what he could do with 1 young mind, the wave of good that must have come about from all the students, teachers, friends and family and other lives that he's touched must have been incredible. His passing should be a reminder that life is fleeting. Life is short. Life is difficult. But sharing those moments and what little we have with others is what makes it that much sweeter.
Camille N. Isaacs-Morell
October 19, 2019
Dear Mrs. Harrison, I learned today of Mr. Harridon's passing. Please accept heartfelt condolences from my mother Marie Isaacs, my sister Bridgette and me. We are saddened by your loss and assure you of our prayers. Mr. Harrison was a lifelong friend of my late father, John Isaacs and my uncle Ken Isaacs. We have fond memories of Mr. Harrison who stood by his friends in good times and through challenging times. His life was marked by service to God and community. May he rest in eternal peace.
Louis Isaacs
September 28, 2019
Dear Mrs Harrison and family. The Isaacs family express our deepest sympathies to you and your family in this time of sadness. We will continue to hold fond memories of Mr. Harrison and his deep friendship to our family and especially with our brother Kenneth and sister Joyce. May you and your family find comfort in the memories shared together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in Peace Mr. Harrison.
Cameron MacLeod
September 28, 2019
Dear Mrs Harrison and family, My condolences in this time of sadness. May the memories of Mr. Harrison be a warm blanket for you always. He certainly touched many lives and therefore lives on in the memories and stories of those same people.
Barry Bannister
September 26, 2019
My deepest sympathies to Mrs. Harrison and family. Mr. Harrison will forever be remembered as a strong positive influence in my life, as he was for a lot of us at Terry Fox. I am truly thankful to have had him as a school principal at such a young and impressible age, and the mass amount of wisdom that he imparted on us, especially me, for the many times I was sent to the office.
September 26, 2019
To Aunt Edel, Heather, Billy, Owen, Geneva, Sonnet and the extended family, on behalf of the Ramsay family, I extend our condolences to you on the passing of our dear Uncle Son. He was one of the cornerstones of our family, a kind person who cared deeply for both family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all and we will forever cherish his memory. Let us celebrate the legacy he has left us.
Dr. Anita Brown-Johnson and Dr.Dexter Gregory Johnson
September 26, 2019
Dear Mrs. Harrison and family, On behalf of our nuclear and extended families, including “Cy” (Cyril), Lancelot and family, we wish to express our deepest condolences on the loss of our dear friend (and adopted godfather), Mr. Harrison. We remember him as an outstanding educator, thinker, writer, dancer, fashionista, but most importantly, as an exemplary role model for his community by virtue of his utter devotion to his family - as your husband/life partner and father to your children, Heather, Bill Jr. and son-in-law Owen, doting grandfather to Geneva and Sonnet, his pride and respect for his many siblings and other relatives, and his enviable capacity to inspire all who crossed his path - through humility, an uncanny sense of humour, kindness, unwavering appreciation and joy for life and friendships, and solemn respect for what lies thereafter. Our nuclear family is most grateful for having been blessed with the extraordinary gift of having known his gentle spirit and for the positive role he played in the lives of our children, Anastasia and Nicholas, in addition to countless others. We are sorry for (and also share) your loss. We pray that you and family will be comforted by the army of friends and supporters you cultivated together during his journey on Earth, and by the knowledge that his legacy will endure. Of this we are certain. Indeed, Mr. Harrison’s noble star shall continue to shine brightly through each of you and through all who were lucky enough to be inspired by him. He will forever live in our hearts. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. With our deepest sympathy. Anita, Dexter and family
Bob and Nicole Shaw
September 25, 2019
Our most sincere condolences to you , Mrs. Harrison and to your family. At the time I was the English language minority Commissioner representing Terry Fox, Bill was truly a great friend and ally. Our two daughters, Karen and Katherine, have fond memories of Mr. Harrison's words of wisdom which he oft-time shared with the students. The love for 'his students' and desire to see them accomplish their goals will certainly be remembered. Be at peace knowing he is in a better place without pain or suffering. Our prayers will be with you.
Julie Hobbs
September 25, 2019
Dear Edel, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I have wonderful memories of meeting your husband at his school in St. Bruno in my early years at South Shore School Board. I wish you much peace and comfort as your family and many friends and colleagues surround you with their love. You are in my heart and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
Antonio Di Lallo
September 24, 2019
Mrs. Harrison, Want to express my sincerest condolences on the passing of Bill. My family and I will keep you, Bill and all your family in our prayers.
Dr. Lancelot A. Brown
September 24, 2019
Dear Mrs. Harrison, We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Harrison, and wished to personally express our condolences to you and your family. Not only our father Cyril, and my sister and brother-in-law's family to whom he was very close, but myself, Hermie, Arthur, Rebecca, and Edgar hold nothing but the deepest love and respect for you and your late husband, and can only imagine the sense of loss you all must be feeling at this time. We are all grateful however to have witnessed and benefited from the unwavering love and commitment your husband has shown to his family, his community, and to his friends who are family to him. He will be dearly missed. May the almighty grant you all the necessary strength during this time of grief as you mourn his passing, with the full knowledge that he has left behind a wonderful legacy that is you (his family) to carry on his work; and that you are not alone. With deepest sympathy, Lance
Brigitte Mital
September 23, 2019
Dear Mrs Harrison, both you and Mr Harrison were cherished role models of my elementary school years at Albert Schweitzer during the same years as William jr was there. Mr Harrison’s kindness and Mrs Harrison’s contagious love for singing while I was in grade five are precious memories. Please accept my sympathies, hugs and gratitude for making this world such a better one for all those you both touched. Inspired by you, I am an now a teacher and hope to make such a difference.
Lisa Fitzwater
September 23, 2019
My sincere condolences to you, Mrs. Harrison, your family, and all his loved ones. Thoughts are with you all during this time of loss. May your happy memories of an amazing life built together carry you through your sadness. With love & prayers, Lisa, Kevin, Tristan, Samuel & Chloe. xoxo
Patricia Macdonald
September 23, 2019
Mrs. Harrison, my love and prayers go out to you and your loved ones for the loss of your husband. May the fact that you were both sunshines in so many students and family lives be uplifting memories for you all to cherish forever. You were an amazing team! He left this world but will always be remembered! Sending you and your family my sincere condolences. Patricia Macdonald xx
Peter (keleghan) Krakus
September 22, 2019
Mr. Harrison and his lovely wife were highlights of my elementary school days. Gentle, kind, intuitive and smart, they were exactly the kind of teachers one remembers that added to the formula for the rest of your life, and made their profession noble. God speed Mr. Harrison. You did great down here!
September 22, 2019
To the Harrison Family, Deep sadness came over me when I learned of the passing of my friend Bill, so I want to take this opportunity to offer my condolences to his dear wife Edelmera, his son Bill Jr., his daughter Heather, his relatives and friends. Bill was a person I admired from the day I first met him some years ago when I lived in Montreal. What stood out to me about Bill was his humbleness and down to earth demeanor. He also loved to dance. Yes I remember vividly how he danced at the little house party I had after the Christening of my son Warren of whom he and his wife Edelmera are his godparents. Even though we were not seeing each other as often as back in the past years (as I moved to Toronto), his passing is sad for me, but he will always be remembered by me for the gentleman he was. May his Soul Rest in Perfect Peace.
Roy & Wilma Smith
September 21, 2019
Dear Edel and family. Please accept our sincere condolences. We will always remember Harry as a genuine and kind friend, with a keen sense of humour, and with whom we spent so many happy occasions. It is never easy to lose a loved one, but his love for you all and so many precious memories will comfort you always. May he Rest In Peace! Roy & Wilma.

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