William H. Harrison, 90 Prominent Cape Cod Businessman
Yarmouth - William H. Harrison, 90, of South Yarmouth passed away Thursday, January 14, at Mayflower Place where he had been a resident since April 2015. Bill was born in Leominster, MA to George H. and Helen (Kelleher) Harrison. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife Joanne (Foss) Harrison and second wife Jane (Thacher) Harrison. He is survived by two sisters, Hope Sabean of Ohio, and Sally Dickinson and her husband Porter of Lunenburg, MA, daughter Linda Benn and husband Lew of Sandwich, MA, son Jack Harrison and wife Deirdre Callanan of Harwich, MA, son Tom Harrison and wife Clare of Plymouth, MA , daughter Brenda Borho and husband Jim of Plymouth, MA, daughter Sue Brown of Charlton, MA, daughter Marty Zurn and husband Tom of South Yarmouth, MA, stepson Frank Smith of Florida, and stepdaughter Nancy Mumford of Marstons Mills, MA, 18 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Bill served in the United States Navy as Signalman, First Class, in both WWII and the Korean War. Before and after serving in the Navy, he worked with his father in Leominster for Harrison Motors. He was a graduate of the Chrysler Corp. School of Business Management. In 1956 he moved with his young family and wife, Joanne, to Cape Cod. He joined builder, Tom Grew, in the land development of Crowes Purchase and Stage Coach Village in 1960 and two years later formed Harrison Associates, Inc. Realtors. Bill was very involved in the Cape Cod Board of Realtors. He was awarded Realtor of the Year in 1968 and he served on many committees, as well as being the first member of the Yarmouth planning board that was in the real estate profession. He sold real estate in the Yarmouth area for 53 years, retiring at the age of 87.
Bill was a Masonic member of the Howard Lodge A.F. & A.M. since 1950. Bill was also an adult leader in the Boy Scouts and served many years on the Cape Cod Council. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout, as did his two sons, Jack and Tom. In the early 1970’s, Bill was a developer and owner of the Cape Cod Coliseum and its professional hockey team, the Cape Cod Cubs. Bill was a senior Deacon and served on many other committees at the First Congregational Church of Yarmouth. He especially loved his Wednesday morning men’s Bible study group and his involvement in the Emmaus Community and Alpha Program.
Visiting hours will be held at the Morris, O’Connor & Blute Funeral Home, 58 Long Pond Drive, South Yarmouth, MA 02664 on Monday, Jan. 18 from 3-6 pm. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 1 pm at The First Congregational Church of Yarmouth, 329 Main Street, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The First Congregational Church of Yarmouth, 329 Main Street, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675 or Cape Abilities Farm, 895 Mary Dunn Road, Hyannis, MA 02601.