George W. Harrison, 84, plumber

August 15, 2006

George W. Harrison, a retired plumbing company owner and flag enthusiast, died in his sleep Thursday at his Dundalk home. He was 84.

Mr. Harrison was born and raised in Baltimore and attended city public schools.

"He was one of eight and had to go to work to help support his family," said his son, Timothy T. Harrison Sr. of Taneytown.

Mr. Harrison earned a General Educational Development diploma, and during World War II served as an Army Air Corps reconnaissance photographer assigned to a B-25 Liberator bomber squadron in the Pacific.

"He was such a good photographer that after the war, he was offered a job as a TV cameraman and turned it down. He said TV was something that would never go anywhere, so he became a plumber instead," his son said.

He became a master plumber and member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 486 in Baltimore.

In the early 1970s, he established Harrison Plumbing Co. and was its CEO and president until closing the business in 1987.

"He did a lot of commercial work, including projects for Giant markets and almost 90 percent of the plumbing at Harborplace," his son said.

For the past 18 years, until retiring last year, Mr. Harrison drove a van for physically disabled students attending the Community College of Baltimore County at Dundalk.

Mr. Harrison was a past commander of American Legion Post 38 in Dundalk, and was appointed to the Maryland Veterans Commission by Governors Harry R. Hughes and later William Donald Schaefer.

He loved flying the flag every day at his Dundalk home, and for the past 30 years taught flag etiquette at area schools.

"He told the students all about the history, significance and how to dispose of old flags," his son said.

His wife of 59 years, the former Dorothy Rauf, died last year.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Christ Lutheran Church Cemetery, 7229 German Hill Road, Dundalk.

Also surviving are two grandsons and four great-grandchildren.

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