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Frank David Harrisson
Frank David Harrisson

Frank David Harrisson, 82, of Southport, went to be with our Lord Friday, June 17, 2016, at his home.

Mr. Harrisson led a life dedicated to protecting others. Born October 28, 1933, he was the son of the late Joseph W.E. and Roslyn Cirwithen Harrisson. He graduated high school from Admiral Farragut Academy in Pine Beach, N.J. Because of his interest in firefighting, he became a volunteer fire warden for the Office of Civil Defense during the Korean Conflict.

In 1949, he was introduced to the Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Company, where he became a member and served for 50 years, becoming a life member. In the 1970s he joined Lavino Shipping Company and worked in the Risk Management Department as manager of Property Loss Control, and later as corporate chief fire marshal. He was also a member of the Longport Volunteer Fire Company until 1978. Mr. Harrisson became a U.S. Navy naval cadet battalion fire marshal and served for four years. He also went on to graduate from several fire schools in Pennsylvania. In addition to learning massive amounts of material surrounding hazardous materials, he also decided to study building construction technology. He became a successful architectural/engineering designer in electric and fire protection engineering.

He was involved in many projects for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. When Mr. Harrisson moved to Southport, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at USCG Station Oak Island and continued to develop safety plans and served as key technical adviser on marine firefighting for the Ports of Wilmington and Cape Fear North Carolina. In 2005, he published the manual ‘Shipboard Fire,’ and in 2009, he published an interesting 50-year memoir, ‘Fire and Water.’ He held life memberships with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Fighters, and Lansdowne Fire Company.

Mr. Harrisson was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph, Charles and Evan; daughter, Marie; son, Joseph; and stepdaughter, Holly.

Leaving to cherish his memory are his wife of 21 years, Peggy Harrisson of Southport; sons, David, Charles and Keith Harrisson, all of Pennsylvnia; daughters, Rosalyn Peterson of Pennsylvania and Kelly Hall of Florida; 11 grandchildren, Joey Harrisson, Nicholas Peterson, Kayla Harrisson, Kim Harrisson, Ben Ray, Kayla Ray, Anna Hall, Jacob Hall, Amber Harrisson, Leah Harrisson and Tori Harrisson; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, 116 Market St., Suite 4, Johnstown, PA 15901; or Brunswick County Streetreach, BCSTR, P.O. Box 1331, Shallotte, NC 28459.

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