Samuel Frank Harrison Sr., 94, passed peacefully into eternity with his Lord on Aug. 30, 2017.
Sam, affectionately known as "Pap", was born April 10, 1923, in New Castle, Del., as one of 12 children of William and Elizabeth Harrison.
Sam was an Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 864th Aviation Engineer Battalion in the Pacific Theater on New Guinea, Luzon, and the Philippine Islands from August 1943 to November 1945. Sam returned to New Castle, and soon told his father that the steel mills were not for him; he had seen too much fresh air. He moved to Danville shortly after meeting and marrying the love of his life, Ida Mae (Dawson) on July 27, 1946. Their union of 52 years was broken only by her death on Feb. 4, 1999. A daughter, Elizabeth Buckley (Thomas), joined her mother in heaven on July 21, 2016. On Aug. 23, 2003, Sam married Mary Jane Tanner. They lived in love and companionship until her death on Aug. 20, 2009.
Sam leaves behind a large family of: Philip Davis (Phoebe), of New Castle, Samuel Jr. (Norma), of Williamsport, Mary Ann Nogle (Terry), of Danville, and Janet Freese (Gary), of Stonington; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and two great- great-grandchildren.
Pap was a man who could do just about anything but was as humble as he was skilled. He loved working with his hands which led him to Cabinet Industries from which he retired as general foreman in 1986. He was also known for his beautiful flower gardens. Other hobbies included camping and music, both of which Pap and Grammy shared with the grandkids. He was very active in Danville community activities as a member of the Washies Fire Company, the YMCA, the American Legion, a founding member of the annual Halloween Parade, the Pine Street Lutheran Church, and all levels of youth baseball and softball.
His heart belonged to the youth of Danville. As a coach, a mentor, and an umpire, Pap touched the lives of boys and girls for over 50 years. He coached and umpired in the original YMCA Junior League, Little League majors and seniors, and girls major softball. His umpiring was often valued and called upon by surrounding towns for tournament umpiring duties. The youth whose lives he impacted spanned three generations of families. Pap reluctantly retired from umpiring at the age of 90, still young at heart.
Sam "Pap" Harrison will always be remembered for his gentle spirit, his love of life and family, and an others first attitude. While he will be missed, a part of him will go on in the many lives he was blessed to touch.
A viewing will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Brady Funeral Home, 320 Church St., Danville, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pine St. Lutheran Church, 407 Pine St., Danville, followed by the funeral at 11, with his pastor, the Rev. Dr. Lois Martin officiating.
Burial will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.
The family gratefully declines flowers. Memorial contributions can be made in Sam's memory to Pine St. Lutheran Church or the Danville Area Little League, P.O. Box 224, Danville, PA 17821.
Please send online condolences to BradyFuneralHome.com.
Published on August 31, 2017