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GEOFFREY “GEOFF” ERIC ANTHONY HARRISON

Geoffrey Eric Anthony Harrison was born in London, England on May 24th, 1953 to Gwendoline Marie Gibbs Harrison and Leo Peter Harrison. He spent his childhood in England with his younger sister Louise, where Geoff developed a love of soccer and achieved mild local fame after winning a Butlin’s Holiday Camp beauty pageant at age 5.

Geoff and Louise joined their mother in Maryland in 1966, where Geoff joined the Drama Club and studied foreign languages such as French, German, and American-accented English at Oxon Hill High School. After graduating in 1971, Geoff was a Navy SeaBee for three years, serving in Little Creek, Virginia, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean.

Geoff was the first in his family to go to college, attending the University of Maryland and the Life Chiropractic College in Atlanta where he earned BAs in Economics and Dance and a Doctorate in Chiropractic. Geoff also earned a teaching certificate from Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Throughout his career, Geoff danced up and down the East Coast, owned and operated a chiropractic business, and taught science in Savannah public schools. He was also very active at Asbury Memorial Church and with the Savannah theater. “Chef Geoff’s” hobbies included creating mosaic art, cooking delicious meals, exploring the Tybee tidal pools and nearby nature trails, and watching soccer games. He also enjoyed family time at the beach, doing embroidery, and singing in the church choir. Geoff adored his family and loved making them laugh.

After a 4 year battle with cancer, Geoffrey transitioned on February 12th, 2021. Geoff is survived by his wife of 26 years, Susan Oliver Harrison; his sister Louise Harrison (Anya Darrow); his children Chelsea Harrison (Daniel Short) of Rhode Island, Colin Harrison, Chloe Harrison, and Chase Harrison of Savannah; grandson Aiden Short of RI; and beloved dogs Beau and Bella.

A virtual celebration of Geoff’s life will be held Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 2 pm. For more information, contact Asbury Memorial Church.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to the Geoff Harrison Memorial Fund.

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  1. Korri Ray says:

    I had the amazing opportunity to work along side Geoff at Coastal, later on had the privilege to watch his dedication and live towards his family as a teacher at a school one of his children attended! I am so sorry to hear about his passing. Send prayers and love.

  2. David Frischer says:

    I was good friends with Geoff’s son, Chase. I’d like to offer my condolences. I know how hard it has been in the last few years and I’m sending good thoughts to your family.

  3. Kelly Shea says:

    Susan, Chelsea, Colin, Chloe, and Chase,
    I am overcome with the grief I share with you in your loss. I cherish the memories of happy times with Geoff and your family, and I am so blessed and grateful to have known him. He brought a beautiful light to this world, and it will continue to shine through each of you. My love and prayers continue to be with you all.

  4. Judith Leaptrot says:

    I had the honor of working closely with Geoff, as Choral Director at CMS. Even though he taught science, Geoff volunteered to choreograph the 8th grade musicals and Choral concerts. I remember Geoff as humble, dedicated and spirit filled.

    Thank you Geoff,
    Ms. Leaptrot

    Colin and family, my heart and prayers are with you.

  5. Adrina Riggins says:

    My condolences to Susan, Chelsea, Colin, Chloe and Chase. As I am friends with Chelsea and have heard nothing but wonderful memories. I know words can’t take away the hurt and pain. I hope you are able to be comforted with the wonderful memories and the legacy of Geoff. Keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

  6. Martel clan says:

    We got the honor of meeting Geoff wile he visited Chels, short, and Aiden during summer in RI. Such a character!! He will be missed.
    Are hearts are with the family xoxoxo

  7. Anne Butler says:

    My love and condolences to the family. I have only so far had the joy of meeting Chloe, but my love is with you all.

  8. The Williams says:

    Geoff made a visit to RI and came to our sons second birthday party with chels, Dan, and Aiden. We will never forget his pure heart and his kindness. Also, we will never forget his delicious potato salad.
    Sending all our love,
    Aaron, chelsea, Asher, Madison, poge and coalston

  9. Sherry Moore says:

    Geoff. Your presence will be greatly missed. By sharing your passions, you inspired others to follow their hearts. My condolences and love go out to your wonderful family.

  10. Avis Coleman says:

    Susan and family, I cannot adequately express my sympathy and sadness for you all at this time. I know you will miss Geoff terribly but you now have an angel watching over you. Prayers and hugs! Avis

  11. Alan Harrison says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. It is sad to read of Geoff’s passing, but we are certain our Lord will welcome him with open arms. God Bless you Geoff.
    Uncle Alan, Stella, Nikki and Kala Harrison

  12. Amy Short says:

    I got to meet Geoff on the 4th of July in 2019 when he was visiting Chelsea and my brother. It was so wonderful to meet the man Chelsea had told me about all these years. He had some amazing stories and I’ll never forget his laugh as long as I live. It was infectious. Love and condolences to the entire Harrison family xo

  13. Kathy and Preston says:

    We will miss this very special man and send love and prayers for peace to you all.

  14. Judy Wilburn says:

    Blessings to all the family of this wonderful individual who brought joy and inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to know him. Geoff was such an amazing person, and his spirit blesses all of us at Asbury.

  15. Ronnette Graham-Ross says:

    I met Mr. Harrison at JGS elementary as I am the Orthopedic Impaired teacher. Mr. Harrison is an awesome father and never missed anything pertaining to his son. What makes Mr. Harrison extra special to me would be that one Sunday in a very crowdend lobby at skidaway Mc Donalds, Mr. Harrison made his way thru the crowd and approached me and said, “arent you Chase’s IEP Teacher? (lobby was full of black people) I was so tickled that he recognized me in what I considered maximum capacity for a small lobby. He said that Chase’ older siblings were in town and that they were headed to the beach to take pictures (Mother’s day or Easter) and if I didnt have anything to do, I could join them. That meant so much to me becuase I’d recently moved to Savannah and hardly knew anyone. Reading his Bio, im learning that he was very culturally diverse and had a great sense of humor. Mr. Harrison text me last December to tell me that they were bringing in Hospice care as his health was declining. That date would be my birthday. I began to pray for the family that I know he loved so dearly. Mr. Harrison my prayer is that you enjoy the kingdom and I promise to make sure Chase is okay and his OI needs are met. He was a one of a kind parent and learning that we both attended Churches named Asbury makes his family my family! Gone to soon! Ronnette

  16. sally jilek says:

    Heaven has just received another special angel. I can imagine Geoff dancing in peace and freedom and spreading his special brand of joy. Love and prayers to his family. We will miss your sweet spirit.

  17. Alicia Harvey says:

    So honored to have had the opportunity to work with G. Harrison I knew he was talented but wow, I just learned so much more. I now have the pleasure to work with his son Colin. I feel double blessed. Prayers to all of you and May God hold you in the palm of his hand. Hugs and more hugs to a very special family.

  18. Marc Aramian says:

    I was shocked to hear of Geoff’s passing. I check FB about once every 3 or 4 months and there it was when I just happened to look today. Geoff and his ex-wife, Sue, were dear friends in the late 80s and early 90s. They lived with us during in-between times. Chelsea and our kids, Gabe, Luc, Mason and Rose were childhood friends. I lost track of Geoff for years until I ended up in Savannah during 2015-2016. Much to my delight, we re-connected and hung out while we were there. I got to know Susan then as well. Geoff was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. He had this innate trust in the goodness of those around him, even when it wasn’t deserved. For a cynic such as I, I learned a great deal from him.

    It was such a shock to find out he had cancer. And terribly sad. My heartfelt condolences go out to Susan, Chelsea, Colin and Chloe. Please know that even when I didn’t see Geoff, I considered him a dear, ‘lifelong’ friend and I will miss him a lot.

  19. Molly Axelsson says:

    I was lucky to have the opportunity to teach with Geoff, he was a wonderful teacher. Now I have the pleasure to work with his son. Such a wonderful passionate ,creative spirit. Prayers to his family. He will be missed.

  20. Lisa Doyle says:

    Susan and family, Geoff was the first person I met when I moved to 48th and Ash. He was always so pleasant and friendly to me. Just the perfect neighbor. I enjoyed so much living across the street from Geoff, Susan, Colin, Chloe and Chase. I also remember him from Asbury. He will always be nearby as his energy stays around forever!! Sending peace, love and light to you. ❤

  21. Vanessa Routh says:

    It was an honor to work with Geoff. He was kind and generous and a wonderful father. Geoff always took the time to say hello and check in. I, not only had the pleasure of teaching with Geoff, but I also had the pleasure of teaching his sons. Geoff will be missed by many.

  22. Maximilian Bolte says:

    I sincerely believe that Geoff was one of God’s special angels whom he sent to us so he could come and hang out for a while and show us how to’ have lots of fun while living in this matrix which we call “the world”.
    He revealed his angelic origins to me in many ways, For example, by professing to me that he would occasionaly hug a tree to get reconnected or how he managed to graduate at the top of his class in chiropractic university supposedly by having a wild and crazy time the night before important exams. I always thought, this guy is different from the rest.
    He was, is , and will always be an extraordinary person, a true friend , a brother, a loving husband and father. Not to mention his numerous other talents as a dancer, entertainer, and artist.
    I also believe that he has enriched not only my life , but also that of all who took the time to get to know him. I will miss him profoundly.
    .

  23. Kimberly Tammaro says:

    My deepest condolences to your family. I am a close friend of Chelsea and heard wonderful stories of the husband, father, and man he was. Truly a spectacular person with a big heart. He will live on forever in your memories, stories, and beautiful children he leaves behind. So deeply sorry for your loss.

  24. Sharon Canavan says:

    Geoff brought light and laughter to every room he entered. It meant so much to us to have the chance to visit and catch up on old times over the last few years. I want to express our deepest sympathies to Susan and his children and his community of friends in Savannah.

  25. Joan Hester Byrd says:

    Comfort and love to our wonderful Harrison Family in the loss of our very dear Geoff – he was very special. A conversation with Geoff was always a pleasant experience. He was interesting and interested in you – always complimentary making you feel special. Geoff, our hearts will always remember your marvelous spiritual, artistic self – thanks for being you. Love, Joan and Family

  26. The Ciccodicola Family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you – Susan, Chelsea, Colin, Chloe, Chase and Louise. Geoff taught us so much with his extra-ordinary, steadfast Faith and his magical creativity in all things – especially, the Ordinary. Geoff will always be remembered by us. He made a creative, lasting impact on our family. Love Always… Your Ciccodicola Family

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