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Obituary for William G. Harrison

William G. Harrison, age 87, a longtime resident of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully at the High Pointe Hospice House on Thursday, April 4, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Mary (Mertz) Harrison with whom he enjoyed 67 years of marriage. He was born in Elmira, New York on September 13, 1936, and was the son of the late Kenneth R. and Alice (Riffle) Harrison.

William (Bill) met the love of his life at Penn State University in State College, PA. They both graduated together in 1958. He graduated with a BS in Business Administration. He later went on to get his Master’s Degree in Finance at Western New England College, Springfield, MA. He loved to work in finance for large corporations such as 3M, US Steel, ITEK, Nashua Corporation and NEBS. After retiring officially from his finance jobs, he chose many fun jobs such as real estate, taxes and several driving jobs well into his 80’s. He loved being out in the community and giving back.

Bill had many interests such as basketball, baseball, golf, skiing, tennis but his favorite was boating. He went from power boating for many years on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH to sail boating in Beverly. He was a proud lifetime member at Jubilee Yacht Club. He had a love of traveling to Europe and anywhere across the United States. He was always adventurous and on the go with new experiences to learn from. His daily passion besides reading his bible/praying with his wife was reading his newspaper. He loved being in “the know”.

Bill was certainly blessed with a mission to love and care for his girls - Mary, Cheryl and Kelle. He fiercely led his family with strong faith-based roots and nurtured his favorite ladies. Bill will always be remembered for his infectious smile, kind heart and generosity. He was so gentle but had the heart of a lion. He was fun and made everyone laugh. He was an excellent judge of character of those around him and he and Mary had lots of friends from many circles of life: neighbors, church, and boating. Bill will be most remembered for his unconditional love for his family.

In addition to his loving wife, Bill is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Knittel and her husband James of Salem, SC and Kelle Doyle and her husband James of Chelmsford. He leaves behind 4 grandchildren, Daniel and his wife Caitlyn Knittel, Jonathan Knittel, Sean Holmes, and his only granddaughter, Lindsay Holmes.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, April 12, 2024 from 11am – 12 noon at the Central Congregational Church, One Worthen St., Chelmsford. His funeral service will be held in the church at 12 noon following the visitation. Interment will be held privately. A celebration of life gathering will be held following the service. Memorial donations may be made in William’s name to the Central Congregational Church, PO Box 339, Chelmsford, MA 01824.