Lives Lived: John Harrison |

Lives Lived: John Harrison

John Victor Harrison died Sunday, March 7 in Grass Valley. He was 87 years old, and had been battling illnesses of age for a few months.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 11 at the United Methodist Church, 236 South Church Street, Grass Valley.

Mr. Harrison was born July 9, 1922, in Somerville, Mass. He was a World War II veteran, serving 13 years in the U.S. Navy, followed by seven years in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. He later retired after working 13 years at United Airlines in San Francisco.

Mr. Harrison was a devoted husband to his wife of 65 years, Beatrice. They raised five children together, and retired to Grass Valley in 1978. They enjoyed their church activities together, especially the monthly pastie bakes for fundraising at the United Methodist Church.

Mr. Harrison was an instant friend to everyone he met, never hesitating to lend a helping hand or a kind word. He laughed easy, and was always quick with a joke.

His consuming hobby was his motorcycle touring. He spent weeks at a time on the road pursuing adventure, riding and camping with friends to Canada, Alaska, Panama, and many times across the U.S. His favorite rides were exploring all the regions of Mexico. He never turned down an opportunity to join a friend for a ride. He rode nearly a million miles during his lifetime.

He will be missed, but there is the knowledge that he will have new golden highways to ride and many more places to explore. He will make it to that million miles and more.

John is survived by his wife, Bea; sons John Jr. of Roseville, Michael (Pat) of Montara, Richard (Sue) of Grass Valley and Don (Joan) of Indiana; daughter, Connie (Bruce) Lane of Nevada City; grandchildren Paul, Cheryl, Aimee, Greg, Becky, Jenny, Kristen, Jeremy, Shanna, Eric, and great-grandchildren Tim, Emily, Caitlin, Josiah, Darrion, Amber, Skyler, Matthew, Kathryn, Sarah, Grace, Emelia, Camryn, Isabel, Gabe, Zachary and Julia.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary and Crematory in Grass Valley.

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