In Loving Memory of Jeanne Harrison

February 05, 1932
Pittsburgh, PA
November 28, 2017
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Saturday 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

December 09, 2017


Spear-Miller Funeral Home


39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

Saturday, December 9, 2017 3-7 PM


Family Gathering


Jeanne W. Harrison

Jeanne Harrison, long time Fairfield resident, passed away peacefully on November 28, 2017. Jeanne was born February 5, 1932 in Pittsburgh, PA to Robert and Dorothy (Parry) Wilson.
She grew up in the Pittsburgh area and married Wayne Harrison in Mount Lebanon, PA on 29 Feb 1952 (Leap Year). They settled in Fairfield in 1968 with their 4 children. Jeanne was committed to preserving Fairfield’s Victorian Cottage and other historic locations in Fairfield, as well as serving on the Historic District Commission and the Land Acquisition Commission. Her passion for people and the arts inspired her to lead a variety of arts and crafts programs for children of all ages and her involvement with the Police Athletic League (PAL), YMCA, Fairfield Historical Society, and First Church Congregational.
Jeanne is perhaps best known for her painting of Fairfield fire hydrants in honor of the country’s bicentennial in 1976 and Fairfield’s 375th anniversary in 2014. In an act of clever retribution, the hydrants were painted to resemble the British Redcoats who burned Fairfield during the Revolutionary War. In 2013, Jeanne was honored as Fairfielder of the year.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Terri Jeanne Rotondo. She is survived by her loving husband, Wayne S. Harrison; her brother, Albert Wilson (Nera) of Longwood, FL; her children Wayne S. Harrison, Jr. (Hyun Jung) of Clearwater, FL, Robert Harrison (Mary Ellen) of Colorado Springs, CO, and Beth Perkins of Fairfield; 10 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
Jeanne will be remembered for her bold creativity and storytelling, love and devotion to her family, friends, and community; and her mantra "Dare to be different." Known about town for her signature smile, warm personality, and paint covered shoes, she will be dearly missed and forever cherished.
Friends are invited to greet Jeanne’s family at Spear-Miller Funeral Home in Fairfield, CT on Saturday, December 9th from 3 PM to 7 PM. A celebration of life will also take place at a later date. For information on memorial contributions or to offer an online condolence, please visit

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3 Guestbook Entries for Jeanne W. Harrison

  1. Our deepest sympathy to all. Your mom was something else — such a contributor to this community and so full of life. Here’s my favorite poem, for a little comfort:

    Death is nothing at all.
    I have only slipped away to the next room.
    I am I and you are you.
    Whatever we were to each other,
    That, we still are.

    Call me by my old familiar name.
    Speak to me in the easy way
    which you always used.
    Put no difference into your tone.
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

    Laugh as we always laughed
    at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word
    that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without effect.
    Without the trace of a shadow on it.

    Life means all that it ever meant.
    It is the same that it ever was.
    There is absolute unbroken continuity.
    Why should I be out of mind
    because I am out of sight?

    I am but waiting for you.
    For an interval.
    Somewhere. Very near.
    Just around the corner.

    All is well.

    Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ.
    –by Henry Scott Holland, 1910

  2. A great , fun-loving lady who I remember fondly for her enthusiastic approach to everything, especially, during our annual Christmas party, where, she would dress in a Santa’s elf costume and lead us in singing Christmas Carols. God Bless! Lion President Dave Howe, Fairfield Lions Club