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David J. Harrison

David J Harrison, 38 years old, passed away on November 19, 2018, at his home in Kennedy Township, Pennsylvania. He was surrounded by love while being cared for by his wife, Samantha Harrison, his mom and sister, Ginger and Anna Harrison and his uncle, Jim Quinlan.

Dave lived through and endured colon cancer for 7 years. Diagnosed in December 2011, Dave had countless surgeries and several rounds of chemo and radiation. Throughout it all, Dave chose to live life to the fullest and never let the cancer dictate his path in life. 

Dave was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He attended high school at Trinity Christian Academy and graduated from University of North Florida with a degree in Logistics and Management. 

In 2008, Dave moved from Jacksonville to Pittsburgh to continue his career with FedEx Ground.  It was through a work trip that Dave met his future wife Sam. They dated for 7 years before getting married on May 30, 2015 at Armstrong Farms. 

Dave’s passions included playing poker, spending time with his wife and family and playing and watching various sports including baseball, football, and golf.  In the past year, Dave and Sam chose to make the most of the time they had left. Their adventures included two trips to Hawaii, several trips to Vegas (Dave’s favorite city), Mexico, and a trip to Colorado. 

His surviving family members;
Wife of 3 years (together 10): Samantha Harrison

Immediate family: Ginger Harrison (Mother), Anna Harrison (Sister), Jim Quinlan (Uncle)

Pittsburgh family members:  Bill and Cindy Moore (Father and Mother-in-Law), Melissa and Rob Schweizer (Sister and Brother-in-law), Owen and Reagan Schweizer (Nephew and Niece), Betty Jackowski (Grandmother)

Visitation information for friends and family of Dave Harrison: Friends and family will be received Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the McDermott Funeral Home, Inc. 334 Forest Grove Rd., Kennedy Twp., then again on Saturday from 10 AM until the time of a service at 12:00 PM in the funeral home.

A luncheon reception for the family and friends will be held at Olivia’s Banquet Hall on Saturday, November 24th from 2pm-6pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
• St.Jude Foundation

Dave always said with his cancer journey he could never imagine a child going through something similar.

The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support in many heart-felt forms from too many people to name individually, but including: Family, Friends and FedEx Ground Co-workers. 

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A Tropical Dish Garden with Fresh Flowers was ordered on November 24, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Nov 24 2018 12:00 AM

My heart is grieving for you all in the passing of David! We all prayed for him for years, and this really struck me in the heart because I enjoyed him as a youth in my English class at Trinity when I grew to love him, and l prayed for him so often since he became ill. Ginger, I wish I could offer words of comfort to you that would fill your aching heart with hope, but losing a child is so incredibly painful, especially after battling to give him years of joyful life! You all did well and stood by him and loved him so well. May you ALL now know the comfort of God Who stands near to the broken-hearted! My thoughts and prayers will be with you in the coming days and weeks to follow.

Pamela Klemm Nov 21 2018 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences to the Harrison family.

Emily Faircloth Nov 21 2018 12:00 AM

An A Garden Path was ordered on November 20, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Nov 20 2018 12:00 AM

A Sweet and Warm Remembrance Table Arrangement was sent on November 20, 2018

To Sam and Missy and your family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Deepest Sympathy, Your Atletico Psycotico sisters

Expression of Sympathy Nov 20 2018 12:00 AM

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. ~Revelation 21: 4 I am so sorry for your loss. Looking forward to the day when this promise from the Bible comes true. Love and prayers from Jacksonville.

Crystal Lawrence Nov 20 2018 12:00 AM

Donation made to St. Jude Foundation in David's name from Tartan Devils Football Club. Our deepest condolences to all the family.

Tartan Devils FC Nov 20 2018 12:00 AM

My family is so sorry for your loss. I was always so impressed with Dave's toughness and bravery in fighting his terrible disease. As the obituary said, he never let cancer dictate who he was.

Your family will continue to be in prayers.

Foust Family Nov 20 2018 12:00 AM

A Table Basket was ordered on November 20, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Nov 20 2018 12:00 AM

A Feathery Palm Plant was ordered on November 20, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Nov 20 2018 12:00 AM

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