Major John A. Harrison

April 18th, 2017

In memory of Major John Alexander Harrison, US Army, Ret., age 61, who passed with his loving family by his side on April 13th, 2017 in Annapolis, MD.

John was born on February 6th, 1956 in Medford, Massachusetts. A natural athlete, John excelled in a number of sports. He was accepted to West Point, where his athleticism led to a distinguished ice hockey career. Not only is he in the top 10 all-time scorers in Army’s history, John also holds the unique honor of having been Army’s most penalized player in a single season. He was an Airborne Ranger, an Army Aviator, and a man of unparalleled integrity.

John was a man who lived life on his own terms, enjoyed a rare steak, lived and breathed for the Boston Red Sox, and refused to listen to anything other than Classic Rock. He was the most aggressive Jeopardy watcher that ever existed. He was a true man’s man with the biggest heart and gentlest soul, and was a friend to anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. He was a loving family man, who devoted his life to his three girls. Handsome, witty, smart, and kind, John was the man everyone depended upon – he was an exceptional human being.

John was preceded in death by his mother, Audrey Harrison, and survived by his wife Kathleen, his daughters Erin and Paige, his father Edward Harrison, his siblings Ed Harrison and wife Dolly, MaryJane Langone and husband Joseph, Beth Hoehn and husband Rich and several nieces and nephews. He was loved by all, and made an indelible mark on all who knew him.

Family and friends will gather for John’s Visitation on Thursday, April 27th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA. John’s Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 28th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. A celebration of life for John will also be held in the DC/Metro area in May.

In lieu of flowers, we are kindly requesting a donation be made to Army Hockey Athletics in John’s memory. A GoFund Me page has been set up as details surrounding the exact charity are finalized in his honor.


18 Entries in Guest Book for “Major John A. Harrison”

  1. Ms Allison says:

    Sorry for the loss of your love one. John 5:28, 29 assures Jesus will restore life to those who has died. Revelation 21:3, 4 gives further assurance death will be swallowed up forever. This is a comforting thought knowing your loved one is in God’s memory. Hope this brings comfort.

  2. Robert Kohler says:

    My condolences to the family

  3. Mark A. Coursey says:

    Will miss him. Remember watching him play hockey and was great at it. Have known him and his family for many years. Will miss him. He also graduated with my sister at Wilmington High School in 1974.

  4. Bonnie Hebsch and Ed Leary says:

    Our deepest condolences to the entire Harrison family. He was a great man and a friend to all. I remember John as an outstanding athlete, you should always be proud of his accomplishments.

  5. LTG(R) Dave Halverson says:

    Our deepest condolences go out to Kathy, the girls, and the whole family. Harry was an amazing warrior, friend, classmate and hockey player. His wit, smile, caring. spirit for life. and loyalty served as an example for all to emulate. We will miss him and will never forget his selfless service to our nation. He made us all a better person. I will miss the twinkle in his eye, that alerted us all – to hang on . TOTL.

  6. Maureen Howlett says:

    Dear Beth and family,
    It’s been a lifetime since I have seen John. In reading his Obituary, I am struck by how much life he lived and how he left behind an amazing legacy of accomplishments and service to our country and others. Most of all he will be missed by those who loved him, the truest testimony of a life well lived. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Kevin Buck says:

    Very sorry to hear of John’s passing. I worked with John for several years. He was committed to the Army mission and was highly respected by those familiar with his work. John will be sorely missed. Deepest condolences to the whole family.

  8. Wayne M. White (LTC USA, Ret) says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. John was one of a kind, with whom I worked along side for 16 years supporting the Army CIO/G-6. We will miss his no-nonsense character and typical hard-line New England wit! May God grant him peace and eternal rest.

  9. Wanda Catalano says:

    I am so impressed reading what an accomplished life John led. My deepest sympathies to the entire Harrison family.
    Wanda Dahl Catalano

  10. Kathi & Tom Vacca says:

    Sounds like a truly amazing man . Our deepest sympathies to your loving family .

  11. Cass Brownfield Harrington says:

    Kathy so sorry for your loss. You and your daughters are in my prayers. I so remember the days at West Point with Harry and hockey. May you some how feel peace. In my prayers. Cass Brownfield

  12. Chuck Toomey and Family says:

    Harry, your legacy will live forever. Kath, Erin and Paige, you have a husband and father whose love for you was, and continues to be never-ending. Be not afraid, for you are surrounded by those who love you.

  13. Charles Lankford says:

    My condolences to the Harrison Family and my thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of bereavement. I worked with John for many years in the Army CIO/G-6 and will miss his friendship and witty humor. God Bless.

  14. LeRoy Lundgren says:

    My condolence to the Harrison family. We are all thinking of you during this time. I worked with John for a long time. When I had a question about spending for the network I always called John. Besides having the answer he was easy to talk to and I always had fun talking with him. No matter what was going on he was always a kind and witty voice. He will be missed.

  15. Maryann Gigliotti Little says:

    My heartfelt prayers to all the Harrison Families,

    May all your happy, joyful memories help heal your sadness.
    John was a true “gentle” man. No matter your personality or your lifestyle, he always had a kind word or a simple gesture that seemed to work! If you needed John, he was there for you, not just in our high school days, but throughout his lifetime. I will always remember him on the ice, as a fiercely competitive, awesome hockey player, what a great joy to watch! John
    touched everyone he met, in a positive way. His kind and gentle nature will always be remembered.

    Maryann Gigliotti Little

  16. Barbara Wolfinger says:

    I was so saddened to hear of John’s passing. I worked with him for several years. He was a pleasure to work with and I will miss him greatly. My sincere condolences to the family.

  17. Joanne l Harrison/Perry says:

    It has been many, many years My Dad was Harold Benjamin Harrison but he weant by Benny. John would be my 2nd cousin, me and his sisters were close when we were younger and we lived in Wilmington. I also got to see him play hockey at West Point. He was amazing, His parents Ed & Audrey had the same spirit he had. I am sorry for your lost and you have my deepest sympathy. May he Rest in Peace Joanne

  18. Grace Dalton says:

    You are deeply missed by many.

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