Monday, 17th January 2022
Image: tribute

Tribute: William Richard (Billy) Harrison

By Leslie Hutchinson on behalf of the Gilnahirk Church

Mr Harrison or Billy as he was known to many died on the 19th October 2021. He was 97 years old and had enjoyed a long life of faithful and fruitful Christian service.

He grew up in East Belfast and after his conversion he joined the Strandtown church and began to serve as a Bible Class teacher. He went on to serve for many years as a deacon, church secretary and then as an elder. In 1995 he and Mrs Harrison moved to the Gilnahirk church where he served as a deacon and church treasurer.

He also served the Association in a number of ways. He was a member of the College committee and its honorary treasurer for many years. He was a faithful, prayerful and generous supporter of Baptist Missions, and several other missionary societies, including the Spanish Gospel Mission, Seamen’s’ Christian Friend Society and Christian Witness to Israel.

He and Mrs Harrison were very hospitable and welcomed many College students, especially those from overseas, into their home. They were very practical in the help and support which they gave to the more elderly members of the congregation.

He was a man of exemplary Christian character. He was faithful in prayer, wise in counsel, generous in giving and diligent in service. He was very self-deprecating about his abilities, even though in his professional life he became one of the Senior Management team in Harland and Wolff and led the team that designed and built the S.S. Canberra, the last of the great ocean going liners to be built in the Belfast shipyard.

He was a great conversationalist, with a breadth of knowledge and quick, if dry, sense of humour, which was enjoyed by young and old alike. In later years, on his own in his Nursing Home room, with limited contact with others, he displayed great fortitude. He continued to do his Sudoku puzzles, the Daily Telegraph Crossword, FaceTime others, and read his Bible and pray every day.

He was a devoted husband to his wife Irene, who predeceased him in 2019 and with whom he enjoyed over sixty years of married life and justifiably proud of his family, his children, Richard, David and Beth and their families. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and members of the church at Gilnahirk.

The service of thanksgiving was held in the Strandtown church on 25th October 2021 and conducted by Pastor Drew Steele and Pastor David Luke.

    Blog Archive

Let’s Read Irish Baptist College Conference (Online) From Intern to Undergraduate (Emily Middleton) Let's Read: The Hole in our Holiness — The Reason for Redemption Baptists and Revival in the Long 18th Century Second Year Placements From Intern to Undergraduate (Josh Brown) Let's Read: The Hole in our Holiness — The What and Why of Holiness Final Year During A Pandemic 2nd Year Placement Experience Friends of the College 2021 Update The Art of Reading More Books Let's Read: The Hole in our Holiness — The Real Possibility of Holiness A Basic Easter Fact The Servant King Podcast Let's Read: The Hole in our Holiness — You Are Holy Third Year Reflection Gospel Guardians: Protecting the Purity of the Gospel for Future Generations Graduation 2021 Book Review: Succeeding at Seminary Let's Read: The Hole in Our Holiness — A Work in Progress Why the Irish Baptist College is Vital to the Health of the Association A Good News Story: The Ministry Partnership Scheme Why Study the Biblical Languages? Profit in Toil: A Short Message on A Level Results Day Let's Read: Small Preaching Recognition Service Report 2021 Sin Forgiven: Nourishment for Life and Joy for Living Let’s Read: Small Preaching—The Character of the Preacher Commencement Service Report Placement Friends of the College Update God Rejoices over His People: A Meditation on Zephaniah 3:17 Let’s Read: Small Preaching—Constructing the Sermon Evangelism Teams: Newcastle and Brannockstown Evangelism Teams: Stonepark and North Belfast Christian Fellowship First Year Reflections (Reuben and Andrew) Some New Books Let’s Read: Small Preaching—The Craft of Preaching Let's Read: Small Preaching—What is God Saying? A Christmas Reflection on John 1 - ‘The coming of the light’ Christmas Reflection on John 1 - ‘Life, Light & Glory’
Time to read Genesis...again Friends of the College - January 2020 Friends of the College - January 2020 Finances Tribute to Marion Craig The Resilient Pastor: Surviving & Thriving in Ministry Just a Blow-in? What is new on the shelves at IBC? Friends of the College - February 2020 Four Reasons to Study Theology Academically From Spain to Moira Testimonial Financial Update Friends of the College – March 2020 Irish Baptist Historical Society: The Mayflower Thomas Patient: the Father of the Irish Baptist Church Testimonials The Pastors’ Conference: An Encouraging Privilege Testimonials (part-time studies) In the worst of times: COVID-19 and the Book of Ruth Friends of the College - April 2020 The Long Wait: Victory Delayed Testimonials - Preparation for Ministry and Evening Classes The Leadership Podcast Testimonials - Ladies Study Fellowship The Leadership Podcast (part 2) Friends of the College - May 2020 Reflections from the Student Chairman Why do we teach the Old Testament? Reflections on first year at IBC Friends of the College - June 2020 Why do we teach Romans? IBC Placement Is Church History a Thing of the Past? Friends of the College - July 2020 Friends of the College – August 2020 Friends of the College September 2020 Recognition and Graduation Service Introducing the Irish Baptist College’s New Logo Commencement Service Friends of the College - October 2020 Filled with the Spirit: Soundings in Luke’s Theology of the Holy Spirit The Famous Five: The Abiding Relevance of the Solas of the Reformation Friends of the College - November 2020 The Importance of Theological Training in Fulfilling the Great Commission First Year Reflections — Tim Houston Singing: The Place of Theology in Corporate Worship New Library Books Friends of the College – Unite to Pray – December Christmas Reflections
Agree and Close notice.

By continuing on our website you agree with our Privacy Policy and to the use of cookies by third party plugins. Find out more here