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North Huntingdon vet was dedicated to Scouts, his church

Joe Napsha
| Monday, June 11, 2018, 11:00 p.m.

Donald Harrison of North Huntingdon was devoted to scouting and to his church, mentoring youth and serving his community for many years.

Mr. Harrison, a former Boy Scout, became an assistant leader of Troop 257 of Irwin, when his son, James, was in the group and advancing toward earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He became leader of Troop 257 and served as committee member for the Bushy Run District of the Westmoreland-Fayette Council of the Boy Scouts of America and was chairman of the Friends of Scouting, said his wife, Connie.

For his devotion to scouting and his community, Mr. Harrison was given the Silver Beaver Award by the Westmoreland-Fayette Council. It is the highest award a Boy Scout council can give to a volunteer for exceptional service.

“It was quite an honor,” Connie Harrison said, noting her husband was a co-chairman of the heart fund for Westmoreland County.

Donald Allen Harrison, 79, died Saturday, June 9, 2018, at his home.

He was born July 30, 1938, in Greensburg, a son of the late Charles and Edna Bowser Harrison. He graduated from what was then North Huntingdon High School in 1958.

While in high school, he “fudged” his age and joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, his wife said. His older bothers had been in the Army and Navy, and he served with the National Guard eight years.

After high school, he graduated from Penn Technical Institute and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. But, instead of pursuing a career in art, he worked as a salesman and as an estimator in the printing industry.

His wife recalled she met her future husband while she was working with his sister at Jeannette Glass. His sister introduced them, and they were married 54 years.

Mr. Harrison was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Larimer, where he was a deacon, an elder, a Sunday school teacher, superintendent of the Sunday school and a president of the congregation.

Mr. Harrison was an avid supporter of the Norwin Knights football team and was a Norwin football season ticket holder for 54 years.

They also were devoted followers of the Norwin High School band and Norwin Winter Guard. Their daughter, the late Kelly Ann Bollman, was captain of the colorguard when she was in high school, Connie Harrison said.

“If it wasn't for football games and band, we would never go on dates,” she joked.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son James A. Harrison of Irwin; son-in-law Robert Bollman of Irwin; three grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the William Snyder Funeral Home Inc., 521 Main St., Irwin. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's United Church of Christ, Brownstown Road, Larimer. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery.

Contribuations can be made to St. John's United Church of Christ in Larimer.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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