2014-07-31 / Obituaries

Donald Harrington

July 26, 2014


Donald Harrington Donald Harrington Donald J. Harrington, 86, of Clearwater, FL and LeRaysville, PA, died Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Born in Sanborn, IA, on Nov. 13, 1927, he was the son of Ruth and Leo Harrington. Don graduated from Iowa State University with honors earning a Chemical Engineering degree. He was hired by Standard Oil of New Jersey and continued with Esso/Exxon until he retired in 1986. He married Verne Michaels on Sept. 4, 1954.

Don was based in Linden, NJ, and later in New York. He lived in East Brunswick, NJ, but moved with his family to work in Madrid, Spain; Melbourne, Australia and Houston, TX. He bought a farm on the border of Bradford and Susquehanna Counties in February 1966 where his family enjoyed long summers and many holidays. He was a longtime subscriber to the Rocket- Courier up to the end of his life.

His life was marked by service and example. During WWII, he served his country in the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army. After retirement, he volunteered his time preparing tax returns and performed volunteer work for St. Patrick’s Church in Irish Hill. Don also was an avid genealogist and shared his research with others.

He received his greatest happiness from caring for his immediate and extended family. For 30 years, he hosted a Harrington Family

Reunion at his farm in Pennsylvania, allowing five generations of Harringtons to laugh, play together and share stories.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Leo, as well as his brother, Bob.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Verne; siblings, Mary Uhe, Marge Yakel, Lorrene Moermond and Jim Harrington; children, Karen Hicks, Jeri (and David) Dubec, Andrew (and Julie) Harrington, Dan (and Beth) Harrington, Sean (and Mary Ann) Harrington and Liz (and Steve) Gunter. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren: Caitlin Hicks, Allison Hicks, Erik Dubec, Elissa Harrington, Austin Gunter, Jacob Harrington, Michael Harrington and Collin Gunter; one great-grandchild, Connor Harrington, as well as numerous beloved relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later time in Friendsville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you forgive a friend or do a good deed for a stranger in remembrance of this exceptional man.

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