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Memorial Mass

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Monday May 16th, 2022

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Joe E. Harrison

A Memorial Mass to honor the life of Joe Harrison will be celebrated on Monday May 16 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 124 Columbus St., Bakersfield, CA. Born on 5-16-1952 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Joe was a loving husband and father, son and brother, “BAGA” (Grandpa), uncle, friend, and employer. 

He touched lives in a positive way all his life, with a smile that lit up his face, and a quick wit that could have you laughing to tears.  His children inherited that quality. Joe was a successful athlete in his youth and equally successful in his business profession, highly regarded in the industry.  With his keen business savvy, Joe always dealt fairly, with integrity, from his employees to his customers.  Always highly competitive but operated within the limits of the field or the scope of the business situation.  Joe earned the admiration of his family, friends, and colleagues.  That was a constant. Joe had a humble heart, with a kind nature.  Always seeing things as a “team” effort.  His hand was there to help you up with encouragement, bringing out the best in others with a hug or a pat on the back. At times, a handshake sealed the deal. When the family moved from Arlington, Texas to Bakersfield in 1965, he made lifelong friendships while attending O.L.P.H. and Garces High School.

What he treasured most in life came to him in 1970 on the beach of Carpinteria when he met the love of his life, Karen Moore. Married on 3-3-1973, they have spent the past 49 years growing in love and numbers. As dad to son Joe and daughters Kristen and Michelle, his life was enriched proudly watching as they grew, seeing all their greatest triumphs. Seeing each of his children become such good loving parents brought him the most happiness. Joe became “BAGA” to eight precious grandchildren, Jacob, Garrett, Tanner, Harrison, Hayden, Hudsyn, Lundyn and Tatum. Each one had a special place in his heart.

Joe loved the heavy equipment business.  Coastline Equipment Co. fed his soul and gave him the best reasons to get up each day. Some may know that Joe’s health had been in decline for several years. His health issues didn’t know who they were dealing with. With the love and support of his family and employees at Coastline Equipment, Joe gave it the fight of his life. Through the help, love and devotion of his son Joe, he was able to go to work and continue his routine of starting the morning coffee for his work family whom he loved so much.

Throughout this entire journey, Joe was supported by his loving wife Karen. Her unwavering devotion protected him. She cared for his every need and made it possible for him to live in comfort. She had made a sacred promise on 3-3-1973 and kept it. He was a lucky man

His sister Teri shared this thought with the family:

“We can’t know the path God has for us, 

but the love we give and the love we 

receive makes our time on earth special"

Joe…you made it special.

Welcoming Joe in heaven are his parents Joe and Barbara Harrison, brother Jack, father-in-law Fred Moore, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is survived by his wife Karen, children Joe (Elizabeth) their children Lundyn and Tatum, Kristen Harrison and her sons Jacob, Garrett and Tanner, Michelle Sherrill (Brian) and children, Harrison, Hayden and Hudsyn. Cherished by his sisters Kathy Gargan (John) and Teri Fraser (Greg), and brother, Jim Harrison (PJ) and special brother-in-law Mike Moore.

Eternal thanks to Joe’s children: Joe and wife Elizabeth, Kristen, Michelle and husband Brian, Karen’s life-long friend Joan Pair, and to Mike Moore, Rich Romo, Jim Sakowski, Chod Sill, Jim Etcheverry, Rachell Fanucchi, Darrell Feliz and Elizabeth Oropeza for their unwavering support of Karen and their constant check-ins, all while knowing she would be unable to respond. Also, thanks to Joe’s siblings Kathy, Teri and Jim for their unending love

Thank you to all with texts or calls to Karen, to Gina Fanucchi and Michelle Van Rensselaer at Doughty-Calhoun-O’Meara, and Msgr. Michael Braun. Special thanks to Rich Romo for always being there to update the Garces High community, and his constant support during Joe’s illness.  Also, Jim Sakowski for making it possible to have Joe’s services at Our Lady of Perpetual Help where Joe and Karen married.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joe’s memory would be welcome to Alzheimer’s Association, Lewy Body Dementia or Parkinson’s organization to help find a cure. Thank you.


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Joe was great leader for our class and team. It was privilege to know him.

Gary Ceccarelli May 7 2022 7:34 PM

Our deepest sympathy to Karen, Joe, Kristen and Michelle on your tremendous loss. We hope that the wonderful memories you have will live in your hearts forever. Much love, Don, Suzie, Meagan & Sarah Noble

Suzie Noble May 6 2022 2:55 PM

Although I didn't know Joe Sr for very long, we remember how 'mischievous' he was at work. Always doing something sneaky - lol - we would laugh when we would see him with a spray can in his hand and we'd kid with him and ask him if he was spraying his name on the building - he would laugh and get all embarrassed. He was so polite, kind and always had a smile on his face. He will always be remembered with kind and happy thoughts here at Coastline Equipment. He was surrounded by people who cared, loved and respected him. The loss is felt by all of us here. Rest in peace Joe Sr. Our condolences, prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Kennia Monzon May 4 2022 2:41 PM

My thoughts are with you and your family. Offering my condolences. The loss of Joe will be felt by many. Please be well.

Jay Izienicki May 4 2022 1:59 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Joe Harrison

Kennia monzon May 4 2022 11:09 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joe Harrison

Jenny Maitia Poncetta May 3 2022 1:16 AM

Karen and family,
My heart goes out to all of you for your loss. I understand so well what you have been going through. I lost my husband 2-20-21 who had dementia and Parkinson’s for many years. We were married 5-4-74 . Joe was my cousin and we didn’t spend much time together as adults because the of the distance we lived apart but I remember him as always smiling . Lean on your family and may love be what you all remember most about Joe.

JoLyn Newton May 2 2022 3:06 PM

Joe was one of the most special people in my life; he will continue to be. Thank you to Karen and all his family and friends for giving him your special love and support. With love,

Diane Widhalm Clerou May 1 2022 11:45 AM

One of my favorite friend in school was Joe. I remember when he came to OLPH in 8th grade. Such a nice person always kind. We had so much fun in class and at other functions. Our senior year we went to the prom together. A really fun experience. I look now at that picture and realize how young we were. I’m glad he had such a loving family. He deserved it.

Catherine Silverman Jappe Apr 30 2022 4:44 PM

I will miss you’re infectious laugh, and your sweet voice saying “hey weeder body”! Thank you for all of the wonderful memories and love you have given me my entire life. I love you Uncle Joe

Alicia Garga Apr 29 2022 9:59 PM

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