Richard J. Harrison, Sr., age 80, of McKeesport, died October 29, 2022, at Jefferson Hills Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. Born December 25, 1941, in Liberty Borough, he was the son of the late James and Emma (Bellas) Harrison and is survived by Susan Griffiths, who he has been with for 21 years. Rich worked for U.S. Steel National Tube Works for eleven years, as a limo driver for the airport for eleven years, and bus driver for PA Coach Lines for fifteen years. Rich served in the Army and was stationed at Fort Ord in California. Rich spent time outdoors camping and fishing in his younger years, and he was always a good cook. He was known for always coming up with some new concoction of a recipe, but was most known for his BBQ baked beans. In addition to Susan, he is also survived by children, Carla (Mark) Peaco and Richard Jr. (Cynthia) Harrison; Susan's children, William (Cindy) Griffiths, Lisa (Steve Dobrick) Griffiths, and Kristen (Marc) Morgan; grandchildren, John Harrison, Brandon Harrison, Robert Wahrenberger, Tyler Harrison, Angelica Peaco, Marc Morgan, Madison Morgan, William Griffiths, Lukas Morgan, Steven Dobrick, and Matthew Dobrick.
In addition to his parents, Rich was also preceded in death by his ex-wife, Carla Harrison; siblings, Luella Guy, William Harrison, Mary Jane Lako, Theodore Harrison, Sue Stepanick, John Harrison, James Harrison, Francis Harrison, Wilbert Harrison and Catherine Burkett. Family and friends will be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wiligfuneralcremationservices.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society at https://donate3.cancer.org or to the Cleft-Craniofacial Center at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh 4401 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Charles Danforth, Supervisor
Originally published November 01, 2022.