Ocean Metropolis resort titan Hale Harrison dies at age 75
Ocean Metropolis is mourning a outstanding neighborhood member’s demise after Hale Harrison died Monday, Oct. 17, at age 75.
Born in Berlin, Harrison graduated from Stephen Decatur Excessive Faculty in 1965. He later attended the College of Maryland at School Park, the place he studied enterprise and agriculture.
After two years of school, Harrison was drawn again to Ocean Metropolis, the place he started to function the household resort enterprise. From there, he remained lively in rising the resort and restaurant enterprise identified in the present day because the Harrison Group Resort Motels and Eating places, in addition to sustaining quite a few acres of farmland in Worcester County.
Mayor Rick Meehan acknowledged the sudden passing of his good friend at Monday’s Ocean Metropolis City Council assembly.
“On a tragic be aware, I believe we had been all shocked in the present day on the tragic information we heard that Hale Harrison had handed away,” Mayor Meehan mentioned. “I believe everyone up right here knew Hale, and possibly everybody on this room knew Hale, or actually knew who he was.”
Harrison was a former OC City Council member, serving from from 1978 to 1982, and the previous chairman of Planning and Zoning for the city of Ocean Metropolis.
Meehan expressed his and the council members’ heartfelt ideas and prayers to the whole Harrison household, earlier than continuing to checklist Harrison’s numerous contributions to the resort city.
“Once you have a look at Ocean Metropolis in the present day and the way we have been capable of rebuild our metropolis, Hale and the Harrison household performed a really, very important position in serving to to develop our city each as an elected particular person, but in addition as a businessman,” Mayor Meehan mentioned.
The Harrison Group constructed its first resort in 1980, and at present operates 19 properties, 16 of which reside in Ocean Metropolis. The most important resort and restaurant enterprise is the most important personal employer in Worcester County.
Harrison additionally served for 47 years on the board of administrators of the Calvin B. Taylor Banking Co. and was elected chair of the financial institution’s board in 2020. He was the youngest member to hitch the board in 1975 and has been the longest to serve on it. He additionally served as chair of the Government Compensation Committee and was a member of the Governance Committee.
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Heather Hay, proprietor and founding father of Coastal Cupcake Co., shared her condolences on Fb. To Hay, Harrison was a mentor, hero and confidante for a few years.
“He insisted I flip the weekly cupcakes I baked for my coworkers right into a enterprise, and Coastal Cupcake Co. was born. He was the proud recipient of my very first cake ever,” Hay mentioned in an Oct. 18 Fb publish. “Nice mentors, I’ve realized, don’t let you know what to do; they discover methods carry out the very best in you. Once I as soon as advised him that I thought-about him an important mentor, he simply smiled. I’m undecided he considered himself that method.”
Mug & Mallet, an Ocean Metropolis Boardwalk staple, additionally mourns the sudden lack of Harrison.
“When he walked within the again door on a regular basis we by no means knew what he was going to say. Typically we obtained a historical past lesson, generally we obtained additional chores, generally he listened as everybody advised him their issues and waited for his recommendation,” Shannon Tippett, proprietor of Mug & Mallet, mentioned in an Oct. 18 Fb publish.
To Tippett and the remainder of the Mug & Mallet group, Harrison was rather more than only a landlord — he was the beating coronary heart of the constructing.
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“I can’t think about strolling into Mug subsequent season and him not being there on a regular basis,” Tippett mentioned of Harrison. “We’ll miss these conversations and ‘shenanigans’ greater than he’ll ever know. Mug won’t ever be the identical with out him.”
Harrison is survived by his spouse, Alberta Smith Harrison of Ocean Metropolis, and their son G. Hale Harrison of Berlin.
Olivia Minzola covers communities on the Decrease Shore. Contact her with ideas and story concepts at email@example.com.