Richard R. Harrison
Richard R. Harrison
  • April 28, 1942 - November 23, 2017
  • Silver Spring, Maryland

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Richard (Rick) Russel Harrison, Jr., 75, of Silver Spring, MD, passed away, November 23, 2017

at Holy Cross Hospital.

Rick was born on April 28, 1942 in Abilene, Kansas to Richard Harrison, Sr, and Juanita Gary

Harrison. He graduated from Spingarn High School in Washington, DC in 1959; immediately

enlisted in the Army National Guard, and also went on to attend Howard University, where he

met and would marry, Gayle Davis Harrison in 1963. He later earned a Bachelor of Science

degree in accounting from University of Maryland, University College.

Rick worked at the U.S. Department of Interior for 25 years before retiring as the Director of

Personnel, Bureau of Land Management in 1994. He left the Army National Guard in the early

1970s, but remained in the Army Reserves, retiring as a major after 18 years. In total, he gave

over 30 years of service to the United States Government. Afterwards, he launched Harrison &

Associates, an accounting and tax preparation firm.

An avid saltwater fisherman, Rick, was a member of the Mystic Knights of the Sea Fishing Club.

He also found great enjoyment in listening to jazz and classical music -- a love he inherited from

his father who was himself a jazz musician and music teacher. Rick loved spending time with his

friends and family -- especially his grandchildren. He never missed a game, recital, ceremony or

event in which his grandkids were involved. Many will remember fighting over Rick’s delicious

Chinese spare ribs, enjoyed at countless holiday parties, graduations, and special events.

He is survived by his wife Gayle, son Jeffrey Harrison, daughter Gina Harrison, four

grandchildren: Maya Jefferson, Morgan Jefferson, Cole Jefferson, and Isabella Harrison, sister

Garrie Dozier, sisters-in-law Reverend Dorothy McKinney Wright, Lola Gordon, and a host of

cousins, nieces, nephews, Godchildren, family, friends and fishing buddies. He was a kind and

patient person who was adored by all.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Juanita Harrison, Sr.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home

at 11800 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20904. The family will be available for

greeting from 10:30AM - 11:00AM and the Memorial Service will begin at 11:00AM. A private

interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the American Diabetes