Tribute to lifeboat supporter John Cannell Harrison

ohn Cannell Harrison, proudly wearing his MBE at a formal dinner
ohn Cannell Harrison, proudly wearing his MBE at a formal dinner

WHEN John Cannell Harrison was appointed clerk and accountant to the Shoreham Harbour trustees in 1955, little did he realise he was beginning a long and close association, not only with Shoreham Harbour but also with the RNLI.

Mr Harrison, who died on August 6 at the age of 93, had a career spanning almost 30 years at Shoreham Port.

During that time he became general manager of the port authority, overseeing many changes in trade and infrastructure.

His office had a commanding view of the harbour, which made him well placed to become the secretary of the Shoreham lifeboat. He held the voluntary role from 1956 until 1981.

He devoted many hours, day and night, to the RNLI cause, holding the coxswains and crews in high regard as they risked their lives to save the lives of others.

Mr Harrison then served on the RNLI committee of management for many years. He was honoured to become a life vice-president and in 1984, he was awarded the MBE.

Daughter Lucy Adshead said: “He did a lot in his 93 years, so it was a life well lived. He was a Shoreham resident for almost 60 years.”

Not only was Mr Harrison deeply committed to the RNLI, he was also a member of Shoreham and Southwick Rotary Club, a past president and treasurer.

Mr Harrison is survived by his wife Marion, their four children, Rosemary, Geoffrey, Pamela, and Lucy, and their four grandchildren.

A service of thanksgiving will be held at St Mary de Haura Church, Shoreham, tomorrow at midday.

Read more in the Shoreham Herald, August 21 edition.