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Richard “Old Man” Harrison Passes Away


On Monday, June 25th, 2018; the beloved patriarch of the History channel show Pawn Stars passed away after a bout with Parkinson disease. The “Old Man”  served 20yrs in the Navy from 1960 – 1976. He achieved the rank of petty officer first class.

After the navy, along with his wife opened up a real estate office in San Diego. In April of 1981, with the economy in decline, he moved his family to Las Vegas where he opened up Gold & Silver Coin Shop. The business ran successfully till 1989 when they opened the now famous “World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.”

In 2009, the History channel debuted the reality show Pawn Stars. From the first day, it was a huge hit. With his son, Richard, grandson Corey, and Corey’s childhood friend Austin “Chumlee” Russell, they bought, sold and put interesting historical items in pawn.

During his last hours, he was surrounded by friends and family. Everyone has expressed sadness at his passing. “The team at Gold & Silver Pawn and the Pawn Stars family is grieving his loss,” the statement added. “He will be remembered as the best father, grandfather and great-grandfather you could have by his family. “


Jeremy Scott is a 36-year-old military history buff from Houston, Texas. He has been interested in military history since the age of 8 years old. His interests are the Napoleonic era, the American Civil War, and both World wars I and II. He has a deep respect for the “boots on the ground” the common military soldier, and hopes that his humble writings interest those soldiers. If you have a twitter account, you can follow him @UncleBubba80

1 comment on “Richard “Old Man” Harrison Passes Away

  1. Tennessee Budd

    ‘ The “Old Man” served 20yrs in the Navy from 1960 – 1976.’
    Is this some of that “common-core” math that I’ve heard about?

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