HARMONY – David John Morrison passed away on peacefully with his family by his side on December 30th, 2013 after a short illness. John was born May 15th, 1930 in St. Francis, Maine, the son of James and Ellen (Connors) Morrison.
As a young boy he attended schools in St. Francis and worked for his family. He enjoyed working in the potato fields in the summer and logging in the winter. He loved to share stories with his family and friends about growing up in the St. John River Valley. He was very proud of being from “the county” and often returned to visit and attend reunions.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 18 and was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska and the Mojave Desert in California. He returned to Maine where he met and married the love of his life, Patricia Gourley, on July 26th, 1957. They settled in Harmony where they built a home and started their family. He spent many years working as a bulldozer operator on various construction jobs including I-95 and Dow Air Force Base. In the mid 60′s in his spare time he constructed a sawmill in Harmony which became Morrison Lumber Company. He sawed and sold lumber for about ten years. During that time he also transported blueberries from Kingsbury to Franklin which became a family project as he always included a family member on his midnight runs to the coast. In the mid 70′s he began logging as Morrison Forest Products which is still being operated by his son and grandsons. In 1981 he purchased Chadbourne & Watson’s garage, now Morrison’s Garage, which is also still family operated. For many years he was an active member in the Harmony Patriarch’s Club. He was instrumental in purchasing amusement rides that were used for many years at the Harmony Labor Day Fair. He was also involved in many community projects including the construction of the tennis court, basketball court and baseball field. John lived his life for his family. He was always creating memories which included snowmobiling to the Big Horn for a cook out, camping in Old Orchard, attending horse shows and the road trip to California. He will be so deeply missed.
John is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Patricia, his son Tracy and friend Lora of Harmony, daughters: Lori Poirier and husband Tim of Harmony, Susan Bowman and husband Kevin of St. Albans and Diane Steeves and husband John of Skowhegan; 11 grandchildren whom is he very proud of, sisters: Nina Morrison of Portland, Ethel Pare of Dover-Foxcroft and Annie McKenney of Parkman. He is predeceased by his parents, brother, Francis Morrison, sister, Mary Johnson.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 from 2-5 p.m. at the Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Harmony Elementary School Gym, 18 Main St., Harmony, with the pastor Hugh Coulbourn officiating. Burial will be later in the spring at the Chadbourne Cemetery in Harmony. Donations may be made in his memory to the Harmony Ambulance, 37 North Rd., Harmony, ME 04942 or the Aliza Jean family, C/O Bangor Savings Bank, P.O. Box 454, Skowhegan, Me. 04976.