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John Perry Harrison

October 2, 1931 - May 28, 2021


It is with profound sadness I tell of the death of John Harrison, who has left us too soon.

John was born in Seattle but raised in Vancouver, going to St. George’s, Prince of Wales and University of B.C. After university he spent a year in Australia,  and on returning to Vancouver he bought Wright’s Travel Agency. Later he was with Vancouver Management until in 1970 he took his bride, Terry French, away on a year-long honeymoon in Europe. Once back in Canada, they decided on a life away from the big city, choosing the Cowichan Valley, where they bought a 42-acre farm on Maple Bay Rd. and embarked on a life of raising purebred sheep, dogs, chickens and geese and revelling in being Country Folk.

Next came the purchase of Floral Art Shops, one in downtown Duncan across from City Hall and the other in Duncan Mall. During these years John was on the original Totem Pole Committee, was president of the Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Cowichan Exhibition. After 20 years of being surrounded by lovely flowers and plants in their business, the Harrisons retired to their two-acre home in Mill Bay, where the garden and their Weimaraner dogs were his joy.

John was predeceased by his elder brother, Bill Harrison of Harrison Lake, and by his sister Deborah (Power) Jones of Ste. Agathe, PQ

John is mourned by his wife of 51 years, Terry, in Mill Bay, by his brother Michael Power and his wife Jane in White Rock, by his brothers-in-law, Fred French and his wife Yvonna in Victoria, Bud French in Saanich and Dode French in Victoria as well as nephew Kenton French and his wife, Susanne, and their two sons, Nicholas and Alexander in Victoria. He will be remembered with love by his niece Marie Potter  and nephews Tony Harrison in North Vancouver, Paul Harrison in Cassidy,  McShane and Tom Jones in Montreal, Derek Power in Toronto and Robert Power in England and their spouses. All will remember him as the handsome, loving uncle with the wonderful laugh.

John’s ashes will be interred in the French family plot in the graveyard at St. Francis Xavier Church in Mill Bay on Saturday, June 12 at 5 p.m. and at the same time, there will be memorial for John at the Farrell family monument in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.


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From: John & Joyce Pearkes

Joyce and I were saddened to read John’s obituary this morning. We have repeatedly said to each other since you moved to the island that we must make the trek to visit you both. We have now lost that opportunity but we continue to have our memories of those years so long ago. Have we not aged too quickly? We would love to get together again and hope you will make contact when you are next in Vancouver. In the meantime, please accept our sympathy for the loss for which we know you will suffer but we are happy that you have so many memories of John’s happiness with you.

Joyce and John Pearkes
1002 – 1616 Columbia St.V5Y 0B7

Relation: Friend, Terry and I served on the board of the Cowichan Symphony Society

Dear Terry,
So sorry to read about John’s passing. I always enjoyed my encounters with John at the Cowichan Symphony performances. The photo in the paper is exactly how I remember John, a twinkle in his eyes, a big smile, friendly and kind. Take care of your future self.
Ray Cadorette

From: Christian Stocker
Relation: Worked for as gardener for them in 1998

Sad to hear of John’s passing. A sweet smart man I had the privilege to work with him in his garden in the summer of 1998. My sincerest condolences on his passing.

From: Pat Fiddis
Relation: Mill Bay Library & fellow participant at the Cowichan Symphony events.

My condolences to hear of John’s passing. He will be sadly missed.

From: Judy Duncan
Relation: acquaintance from music

Terry, I am sorry to learn of John’s death. Please accept my sincere condolences.

From: Carol Stewart
Relation: Business

Dear Terry I am very sorry to hear of John’s passing. My years of calling on you both for advertising promotions were always made happier with his positive friendly attitude. He was a lovely kind man.

From: Sheila Watson

Terry, I’m so sorry that John has gone- too soon, yes. I always enjoyed him. I lost my Steve a year ago so know what its like, love from Sheila Watson

From: Trisha Waddington
Relation: Employee

A real gentleman, with a great laugh. My best boss ever.

From: Mary Hebden
Relation: Cowichan Consort

Dear Terry and family,
I was saddened to read of John’s passing and am sorry for your loss.

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