ABOVE: Roland ‘Roly’ Harrison was a loved family man and community identity in Kyogle and Geneva.BELOW: On his wedding day with Marie Harrison (nee Dennis)
ABOVE: Roland ‘Roly’ Harrison was a loved family man and community identity in Kyogle and Geneva.BELOW: On his wedding day with Marie Harrison (nee Dennis)

Country boy, "Roly" built his future

ROLAND "Roly" Harrison, born June 12, 1936 to Ben and May Harrison, grew up leading an idyllic country boy lifestyle on a Roseberry Creek dairy farm, spending his days fishing with brothers Trevor and Harley and sister Glenda.

Roly attended Rukenvale Public School and travelled by bus to complete his education at Kyogle High School, where he excelled in woodwork and agriculture and enjoyed his time in the school cadets.

At the early age of 12 years Roly was helping his dad with his timber work, which gave him a respect for a good piece of wood which stayed with him all of his life - leaving school at 15, he became an apprentice builder.

Roly soon courted the love his life Marie Dennis, who he was married to in the old wooden St James Church in April 1958 and together they had three children: Jancine, Katherine and Jeffrey.

During this time, Roly drove a polished and sparkling FJ model cream Holden ute which was legend around the town.

As a young go-getter, Roly began his own building business which flourished from Kyogle all the way to Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast, before moving into land development in Geneva in the 1970s.

As recognition for his work in Geneva, there is a public park situated amidst the subdivision he created, donated by Roly and known as Harrison Park.

A well respected citizen of Kyogle, Roly assisted community projects on many occasions.

While a member of the Lions Club he was involved with many fundraising festivals and functions and was a volunteer with his grader and backhoe on the Lions Road project.

Roly passed away after a short illness on May 20, 2013 at Kyogle Hospital surrounded by his family.

He is sadly missed by his wife Marie, children Jancine and Steve, Jeffery and Megan, his grandchildren Nic, Mitch, Maddie, Gabbie, Kathy's daughter Laura, Tori, Calum, Angus and great grandson Nate.



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