Harrison, John Ralph



At The Dorothy Ley Hospice on April 25, 2011. Beloved husband of Margaret, loving father of David (Mary Lou), Robert (Shauna) and Katharine; devoted grandfather of Sarah, Rachel, Emily and John James. John’s passion for music education was inspiring to so many students and colleagues–as a teacher, master at Ontario Teachers’ College, professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto, Supervisory Officer at the Ministry of Education, organist, choir director, adjudicator, clinician, past president of O.M.E.A., and the co-author of the CANADA IS…MUSIC textbook series. He will be greatly missed. Visitation will take place on Saturday, April 30, 1:00 p.m., immediately followed by the Funeral Liturgy at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, 477 Manning Ave., Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Dorothy Ley Hospice.

Condolences and memories may be sent to: www.tranquilitycremation.com


9 replies
  1. Bill Wilson
    Bill Wilson says:

    “Welcome welcome every guest, welcome to our music quest.”

    I will miss John Harrison very much. He was not only a family friend but conductor for my first community choir, Etobicoke Youth Choir (formerly Islington Community Youth Choir) from 1977-1983. He loved music and was always pushing his choir members to perform to their fullest talents. It was also a lot of fun to participate in the recording sessions for 3 of the CANADA IS…MUSIC series.

    Thank you, John, for your loving friendship and sharing your musical talents with many youth and adults over the years.

    You will be greatly missed!

  2. Dave Kains
    Dave Kains says:

    Thanks John, for everything you did for us.

    I fondly remember my time in the ICYC and EYC, and you taught us a great deal.

    Rest in peace, friend.


  3. Jennifer Vecchio
    Jennifer Vecchio says:

    Rob & Shauna, John and I would like to extend our condolences to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jennifer.

  4. Lisa, Tom, Liam and Kieran Lynch
    Lisa, Tom, Liam and Kieran Lynch says:

    To all of you, our deepest sympathies. Keeping you In our thoughts. With love,

  5. Kelly Wright
    Kelly Wright says:

    With deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Angelo, Kelly, Brian and eveyone at Michael Kellys Brooklin.

  6. Sue Walkovich
    Sue Walkovich says:

    John will be greatly missed at our dental office. He was one of our favourite patients and always brightened our day with his positive attitude and great smile.

  7. Mickey and Glen Bonham
    Mickey and Glen Bonham says:

    David and MaryLou
    I just learned that David’s father, John, had passed. Please accept our most sincere condolences.

  8. Lori Ranta Rodrigues
    Lori Ranta Rodrigues says:

    Marg, Katie and family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. John’s warmth and compassionate nature will be greatly missed.


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