Best known to Pawn Stars fans as "The Old Man," Richard Harrison passed away on Monday,
June 25th at the age of 77 after a battle with Parkinson's disease.
Harrison founded and operated the Las Vegas-based World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, which
he opened in 1989.
The Harrison family business later became the focal point of the hit History Channel
reality show which debuted in July 2009 and follows the day-to-day happenings of the Harrison
family and their team of experts.
Following his passing, the Pawn Stars team paid tribute to Harrison, remembering the
man he was and the work ethic he had.
Harrison's son, Rick Harrison, for example, shared two separate tributes to his father
The first is a snap of the Old Man wearing dark sunglasses and a fedora, with the touching
caption that read in part:
"He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool 'Old Man' as my dad.
That I got to share him with so many others and they got to see what a great family man
he was is something I am grateful to have experienced with him.
He lived a very full life [...] touched the lives of people all over, teaching them the
value of loving your family, hard work, and humor."
Rick later posted a photo of his father from his days in the U.S. Navy with the caption:
"Today I lost a friend, a father, a teacher, and so much more.
The Old Man lost his long battle with Parkinson's this morning.
Love you Dad.
See you on the other side."
Similarly, Corey Harrison, also known as "Big Hoss" to fans and family alike, remembered
his grandfather as more than just a family member.
Harrison was more like a best friend to Corey, who began helping out at the Gold & Silver
Pawn Shop when he was just 9 years old, later becoming the store's full-time manager.
In his own Instagram tribute, he shared a younger Harrison wearing a suit and striped
"I was lucky enough to spend 15 years of my life working with the Old Man.
He wasn't just a grandfather, he was truly a best friend as well.
I'm truly blessed to have had him as a mentor.
He will be missed everyday."
Corey's childhood friend and fellow shop worker Austin "Chumlee" Russell also remembered Harrison
as a kind, humorous man who offered honesty and tough love when it mattered most.
He wrote on Twitter:
"It's hard to believe he is gone.
He was such a big part of my life and treated me like family.
I will miss him greatly and carry the lessons he taught me throughout my life.
You could always count on him to straighten you out or make you laugh and both of those
things I need."
Meanwhile, Steve Grad, one of the many experts featured on Pawn Stars, honored the Old Man
on social media as well, writing on Facebook:
"I'm very thankful that I got to spend some extra time with him last month while doing
some work at the shop.
It was great to see him tour the shop floor making sure it was set up for the day.
May you Rest In Peace fine sir."
Soon after the news of Harrison's passing was made public, the History Channel shared
a heartfelt tweet remembering their quirky screen star by writing:
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Richard 'The Old Man' Harrison, a beloved
member of the HISTORY and @pawnstars family.
He will be greatly missed for his wisdom and candor.
Our thoughts are with the Harrison family during this difficult time."
The Gold & Silver Pawn Shop Facebook page also honored Harrison with a tribute that
read, in part:
"He will be remembered as the best father, grandfather, and great-grandfather you could
have by his family and by fans as the sometimes grumpy (always loving, however), often wisecracking,
and voice of absolute reason on the History television show Pawn Stars."
One thing's for sure.
The Old Man won't soon be forgotten.
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