Samuel D. Harrison Jr., 93, MTA bus driver

June 18, 2005

Samuel D. Harrison Jr., a retired Maryland Transit Administration bus driver who enjoyed helping the elderly and needy, died of leukemia Sunday at his Eldersburg home. He was 93.

Mr. Harrison was born in St. Michaels and raised in Baltimore. He left Polytechnic Institute to help support his family and in 1945 went to work as a streetcar motorman for the old Baltimore Transit Co.

During his 34-year career, he also drove trackless trolleys and, at his 1975 retirement, was assigned as a bus driver to the MTA's Retreat Street Division.

"Helping people was what he liked to do," said a son, Stephen L. Harrison of Eldersburg. "He was a Christian through and through. He drove until he was 92, taking food to the needy and driving the elderly to the store and medical appointments."

Mr. Harrison had lived for many years in Catonsville. He was an active member there of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, where services were held Wednesday.

Survivors also include his wife of 65 years, the former L. Lavice Woolard; another son, Charles B. Harrison of Glen Burnie; a daughter, Suzette H. Godman of Eldersburg; a sister, Ruth H. Campbell of Parkville; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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