Rian Harrison

December 3, 1977 ~ January 21, 2020 (age 42)


Rian Daniel Harrison, 42, Oswego, NY, died suddenly on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020. 

Rian was born December 3,1977, the son of Daniel D. and Martha A. (Cowan) Harrison.   

    After his father’s death in June of 1983, the family moved several times around Central and Northern New York, settling in 1989 in Watson, near Lowville, NY. Rian earned his electrician’s certificate from BOCES and graduated from Lowville Academy in June of 1996. He then attended Barron Institute of Technology for diesel mechanics and fleet management, graduating in 1997. His mother passed away not long after in the summer of 1997. 

    Rian began his career in sales and service at Rick’s General Store in Beeches Bridge as soon he was able to work. His love of cars, trucks and machinery found him learning the tow-truck trade and turning wrenches on demolition derby cars at Kafline’s Used Auto Parts. An opportunity at Enchanted Forest began his life in Old Forge, where he worked at Old Forge Ace Hardware, Morin’s Towing, the Town of Webb, and Old Forge NAPA, working his way up to store manager. His professional philosophy was: “always serve the customer as you would like to be served.” 

In 2011, Rian merged his sales philosophy and love of heavy trucks, joining Beam Mack Sales & Service in Watertown as their outside parts and field service technician, building customer relationships throughout Northern NY. In June of 2019 Rian moved to Penn Power Group on Highway, based in Syracuse, further expanding his presence in heavy truck shops across NY. 

    Always engaged in his community, Rian joined New Bremen Fire Department in high school, earned his EMT serving with Lewis County Search and Rescue, became a member of Old Forge Rescue, and served as president of Old Forge Fire Department for many years. 

    Rian’s good nature, infectious smile, and ability to bring much needed humor to any situation, endeared him to all he met. He enjoyed spending his time in the company of family and friends whenever possible, often manning the BBQ grill, and always delivering everyone a good laugh. 

He had many close friends who will always consider him family and was "Uncle Rian" to their children.

    Rian is survived by a daughter, Ruby, of Adams Center; and two brothers, Charles, of Watertown, and Arik, of Frederick, CO.  He also left behind his fiance Mary Bristol and her two children Jaret and Gracie. 

   A “Celebration of Life” will be held at the Florrisante Mansion on Sunday, February 9th from 11-2. Florrisante is located at 4036 Lyons Falls Road, Lyons Falls, N.Y 13368.  In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to his daughter Ruby’s college fund. This can be done by going to and using the code W2J-F9D or reaching out to Elaine Harrison-Neukirch on Facebook.

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Celebration of Life
February 9, 2020

11:00 AM
Florrisante Mansion
4036 Lyons Falls Rd.
Lyons Falls, NY 13368

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