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Paul Harrison, owned minority trucking company ; June 9, 1943 -- June 10, 2012

Paul H. Harrison of Buffalo, co-owner of the first minority-owned trucking company in Western New York, died Sunday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 69.

A native of Gainesville, Ga., Mr. Harrison moved to the Buffalo area in 1957. After graduating from East High School, he worked in general trucking for 30 years before retiring in 2008.

His company, Buffalo Downtown Dump, was the primary minority contractor in the building of the rapid transit system. He was also the owner of H&BH Trucking.

A single parent, he was particularly proud of receiving Father of the Year awards on two separate occasions -- in 1995 from Buffalo Vets Little League Football and in 1999 from his church, St. John Baptist.

After he retired, Mr. Harrison was very involved in both his East Side community and his church. Whether it was snowplowing the side streets or helping out if something just needed to be done, he was remembered as the man to get the job done, family members said.

At St. John Baptist Church, he served as a trustee, usher, transportation coordinator and sang in the male chorus. He was also maintenance supervisor for the St. John Towers. He was also involved with the Project Gift program.

Known as Uncle Paul to the children in his church, he always made sure they had change in their pockets.

Mr. Harrison is survived by four sons, Ricky Harrison, Marvin Galimore, Rickey Bryant and Paul Jr.; two daughters, Yvette Harrison and Marie Thompson; three brothers, Anthony, Calvin and Kenneth; three sisters, Bobbie Ruth Harrison, Deborah Gordon and Vickie Sutton; and his former wife, Diana Harrison.

A memorial service will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St.