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AYER — Richard M. Harrison, 78, died Monday, June 26, 2006, at his home following an illness.

Mr. Harrison was born in Springfield, Mass., on October 8, 1927, the son of the late Walter and Elizabeth (Callahan) Harrison and resided several years in Acton and North Andover before moving to Ayer in 1984.

He leaves his wife, Betty L. (Griman) Harrison; two sons, Richard M. Harrison Jr. of West Hollywood, Calif., and Mark Harrison of Raymond, N.H.; five daughters, Diane Walsh of Manchester, N.H., Linda King of Wheeling, W.Va., Patricia Harrison of Irvine, Calif., Pauline Zink of Milton, N.H., and Mary Philippy of Goffstown, N.H.; a brother, Walter Harrison, and a sister, Marion Harrison, both of Springfield, Mass. He also leaves eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

For 19 years Mr. Harrison worked as a technical writer for the Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard, Littleton, Lawrence and Marlboro, Mass., retiring in 1992. Prior to that he had worked for Sanders Associates in Nashua, N.H.

He was a 1946 graduate of the Springfield (Mass.) Technical High School. In 1952 he received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lowell Technical School, now known as UMass Lowell.

During the Korean Conflict, Mr. Harrison served his country for six years in the United States Army.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ayer. He was also a member of the Digital Retirees Association and the Turkey Town Trotters.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, June 30, at St. Mary’s Church, Ayer. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Arrangements for the family were handled by the Anderson Funeral Home, Ayer.

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