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Elizabeth Harrison

Elizabeth Harrison

Friday, July 31st, 1931 - Saturday, August 29th, 2020
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Obituary

Loving mom of Kelly (Ian Marsland) and Karyn (Garrett Lauzon), proud grandma of Katie and Bridget Marsland, Matteo and Mia Levin and Eva Lauzon, adored sister and best friend of Margaret Bibby, cherished daughter of the late Elizabeth Harrison and beloved wife of Robert Harrison. Elizabeth will be greatly missed by her loving family and her dear friend, Rita Spicer.

Born in Toronto, Mom and Margaret were raised by their mother, Elizabeth Hughes, who often worked two or three jobs to support herself and her daughters. Clearly, Mom learned her work ethic from her mom. While working during the day Mom took typing at night school and was hired at Safety Supply Company as a clerk-typist. She worked her way up to become the Executive Assistant to the General Manager, Peter Dewar.

It was at Safety Supply where she met a young salesman, Bob Harrison. They were married in 1964. Mom and Dad loved living in the country and built their dream home in Campbellville in 1979. Soon after, they co-founded Heritage Safety Products in Milton. While raising two daughters and managing a household, Mom became a Jack of All Trades at Heritage and worked tirelessly to help build the company into the success it is today.

Throughout her life Mom always did what she could to make her community a better place to live. She volunteered for the Guelph Humane Society and generously donated to and canvassed for a number of charities. She wrote letters to municipal, provincial and federal politicians when she felt that their policies needed rethinking. Her older grandchildren loved that they had a woke grandma. Though we doubt that anyone has been keeping track, it would not surprise us if Mom holds the record for most Letters to the Editor submitted to the Milton Canadian Champion. Mom loved to read, and her creativity was beautifully expressed in her knitting, needlework, quilting and sewing. Her garden, and all the little creatures in it, gave her hours of enjoyment. She was incredibly proud of her girls, her grandchildren and her sons-in-law and loved spending time with her family just as we loved spending time with her. In her later years Mom spent quite a bit of time in Milton District Hospital. If the hospital had a ‘frequent flyer’ program Mom would have filled a punch card. Mom and her family were always grateful for the compassionate and expert care she received there.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Horvat, Dr. Hui, Dr. Marshall, the wonderful nurses, particularly those in the ICU and 2S, and the respiratory therapists at MDH for the excellent care they gave Mom.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to one of Mom’s favourite charities: The Donkey Sanctuary in Puslinch, The Oakville and Milton Humane Society or Milton District Hospital.

The family will receive friends at McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home 114 Main St. E. Milton 905-878-4452 on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm. A private celebration of Mom’s life will follow at a later date.


Everyone must follow proper health and safety advice, including physical distancing of two metres from people who are not from the same household or their established 10-person social circle. Please refrain from hugging, kissing and shaking hands and please keep your face mask on at all times.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    Address
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Everyone must follow proper health and safety advice, including physical distancing of two metres from people who are not from the same household or their established 10-person social circle. Please refrain from hugging, kissing and shaking hands and please keep your face mask on at all times.
  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    Address
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Everyone must follow proper health and safety advice, including physical distancing of two metres from people who are not from the same household or their established 10-person social circle. Please refrain from hugging, kissing and shaking hands and please keep your face mask on at all times.

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Douglas Miller

Posted at 12:45pm
Bob, Karyn, Kelly,

Betty will surely be missed. It was always a pleasure to visit and see her at home during a work visit or at the office. She always made my day.
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Our condolences.

Douglas, Gordana, Kira, Hunter Miller
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Vicki Brydon

Posted at 01:21pm
Bob, Kelly and Karyn, I am so sorry for your loss. Betty had such a huge heart and generous soul. She also had the best laugh that would light up a room. She was a true giver in every sense of the word, to family, friends, animals, and even strangers. Her kindness and philanthropic spirit knew no bounds. Big hugs to all of you.
MB

Marianne Botting

Posted at 12:51pm
The thing I remember most about Betty was her great sense of humour...she could always make me laugh...and her propensity for helping people and animals. She had a very big heart and will be missed. Love to Bob, Kelly and Karyn
Marianne Botting and family
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Sian Spicer

Posted at 06:16pm
Betty was such a big part of our family for almost 50 years and our hearts our broken. She loved her family, friends and all the critters that came in and out of her life. We have so many wonderful memories of time spent together - so many shared meals, summers at the cottage, holiday dinners and of course, all the antique shows that Betty, mum and Marg went to. They were so well known that if one of them wasn't there, the antique vendors always asked where the 3rd was. We will always remember her big heart, wicked sense of humour and her wonderful laugh. She was one of a kind and we loved her so much. Sending love to all of you - Rita, Sian & Rob - xo.
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