William Henry Harrison
a.k.a. Bill, a.k.a. Pop, a.k.a. Billy, a.k.a. Dad, a.k.a. Grandpop, a.k.a. The kindest, funniest, most genuine person I ever had the pleasure to know.
However you knew him, I am sure you can agree we were all blessed to know this “Sweetheart” of a man.
William Henry Harrison, 87, born September 15th 1932 entered his eternal life to meet the love of his life, Beverly Harrison, on June 27th, 2020. His memory is carried on by his sons Douglas and Stephen Harrison, granddaughter Taylor Harrison, grand-dog Poe, sister June, many other extended family members in California, Texas and Germany, and countless friends who will always cherish his spirit.
Here are some of our fondest memories of Pop, and some lessons he taught us along the way:
He was a wonderful artist and created beautiful pastel drawings. As a child, I (Taylor) would draw pictures and be sad that they did not look as good as his pastels. He would trace over them with colored pencils, smoothing out my childlike lines, and tell me, “No look you did a great job, it just needed a little color”, and I believed him; probably because he meant it.
When I first got my learner’s permit, he let me drive across the bay bridge in his van. My Grandmom clutched the handle above the door in terror. Grandpop laughed and was as calm as could be (though I am sure he was just as scared). I miss them both so much.
In his later years, he would burst into song out of nowhere and found such joy in doing so. “Sweetheart, sweetheart... will you love me ever? Will you remember the day, when we were happy in May, my dearest one?” This was almost immediately followed by a belly laugh.
If Grandpop taught us anything, it was to find the comedy in almost every situation. He was always upbeat and always made sure everyone around him was comfortable. He would give you his seat, offer you a drink, or even give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Knowing him meant to love him. He really was the best kind of person.
Bill grew up in Solomons Island, Maryland. He served in the Naval Reserve and went on to serve in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was married to his love, Beverly for 64 years until her passing on December 27th 2016. Bill and Beverly will be interred together at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery at a date to be determined.
He had numerous interests through the years: taking drives, antiquing, painting, singing, watching Western movies, dancing, walking, going to restaurants (he was a foodie if there ever was one), playing Keno, and making people laugh, but his greatest love of all was always his family (including his best friend Poe). We miss you Dad/Grandpop/Bill. You will stay in our hearts always.
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