The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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November 16, 2010

Thomas W. Harrison

Sawhill retiree enjoyed Disney World experience

---- — A funeral service will be held Tuesday for Thomas W. Harrison of Hermitage. He passed away at 4 a.m. Saturday (11-13-10) in UPMC Montefiore, Pittsburgh, after a brief illness. He was 77.

Mr. Harrison was born April 4, 1933, in Grove City, a son of Rolland and Eleanor Brennan Harrison.

He was a 1951 graduate of the former Stoneboro High School.

Following high school, Tom began working as a coilwinder at the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp. and shortly thereafter began a machinist apprenticeship. This internship was interrupted when he was drafted into the Army and sent to Germany.

Upon his return to the states and civilian life, he completed his apprenticeship. Tom retired in January 1996 from the former Sawhill Tubular Products-Division of Cyclops, where he was employed as a journeyman machinist for 31 years.

He married the former Helen Mae Pierce on June 12, 1954; together they shared 59 years of marriage. Tom and his wife traveled extensively in their motor home and were members of the GMAC Family Motor Coach Association. For many years, they wintered in Florida at the Disney Fort Wilderness Resort, where they met many wonderful friends.

Tom was an enthusiastic admirer of Walt Disney World, particularly Mickey Mouse, and often joked that he was on the emergency snow removal team.

He loved the Disney “experience” and enjoyed sharing it with his family, particularly  his grandchildren.

He and his wife took their entire family on a Disney Caribbean cruise for their 50th wedding anniversary celebration.

Tom enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and other extracurricular activities and was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers fan.

Surviving are: his wife Helen, at home; two sons, David T. Harrison and his wife Ellen, Greenville; and Gary M. Harrison and his wife Keenie, Shenango Township; nine grandchildren, Sarah, Zackary and Holly Harrison; Justin Zilke and his wife Maggie; Bradley Zilke; Andrew Johnson; Victoria and Trevor Harrison; and Katie Thompson; a great-grandson, Adam Zilke; three sisters-in-law, Mercedes Harrison, Albuquerque, N.M.; Rosella Harrison, Hermitage; and Cynthia Carrara, Anita, Pa.; a brother-in-law, Paul A. Pierce and his wife Nancy, Greenville; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Tom was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert B. Harrison, formerly of Mercer; and John R. Harrison, formerly of Albuquerque; and a brother-in-law, Ray W. Pierce, formerly of Sheakleyville.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.


Thomas W., 77, Hermitage.

Calling hours: 6 p.m. to time of service Tuesday (11-16-10) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may send condolences by visiting our website at

Service: Funeral service at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.

Interment: Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township.

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