HARRISON, Douglas - Douglas Robert Harrison of Nipawin, Saskatchewan passed away in the presence of his loving family on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at age 86. Douglas is survived by his wife of 60 years Dorothy (nee Lyons), daughter Lynn (Stan) Jensen, son Robert (Doreen) Harrison, daughter Susan Kiryk (Robert), son Bruce Harrison (Darla Saunders), Hua (Jie) Cao, many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. Doug was a loving husband, father, grandfather and long-time friend to many in the community. Doug was born in Nipawin on April 22, 1930 to Robert and Mary (Marshall) Harrison and raised on the farm with his brother Brian north-east of White Fox. He attended the Blue Spruce School and later drove school bus for the same school unit. He worked on the farm while his father was away during the war years and soon after joined Newfield Seeds. Doug married the love of his life Dorothy in 1956. Together they farmed and raised their family in a loving environment with a healthy mix of hard work and fun times both on the farm and at the lake during family vacations. His second family revolved around the family seed farm and the seed business. Doug was a true "seedsman" with a career that began when he first joined Newfield Seeds in the fall of 1949. Doug served in many capacities from bagging crew to Managing Director. He felt fortunate that the seed business allowed him to travel with Dorothy throughout North America, the UK, Europe, China and New Zealand, absorbing the culture wherever they went. His long service and many contributions to the Canadian seed industry were recognized in 2002 with the Canadian Seed Trade Association "Seed Achievement Award" and the Canadian Seed Growers Association “Long Service Award” for 45 years of service. While busy with family, work and community, Doug continued to farm with his father, on his own, and later with his son Robert and grandson Scott. Running a seed farm was an important part of the family's lifestyle and an opportunity to participate in the industry from another perspective. Doug was proud of his roots and enthusiastic about getting others involved in the business that was his passion. Community leadership was important to Doug. He volunteered with and was president of Minor Hockey and president of the Nipawin Junior B Hawks. He was part of the team that was instrumental in the transition to the Hawks Junior A franchise - still important to the community today. He later joined the Nipawin Heritage Society and loved the people, the comradery and working for a cause near to his heart. In his retirement Doug and his faithful woodworking partner Dorothy made clocks and countless projects of all kinds for children and grandchildren. This was a treasured time they spent together, providing the family with precious possessions and memories. His memory will be cherished by many and he will be sorely missed. The funeral service was held at St. John's Anglican Church in Nipawin on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Jeremy Boehr officiating. Doug was laid to rest in White Fox Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to CNIB, St. John's Anglican Church Nipawin, or a charity of your choice. To send online condolences please visit HREF="http://www.coventryfuneralservices.ca">www.coventryfuneralservices.ca. The family placed their trust with COVENTRY FUNERAL SERVICES Nipawin, SK 306-862-4233.
May the memories warm your heart, Dorothy, and keep Doug ever close to you.
I am sorry for the loss to the family and to Dorothy