He was born in Worcester, son of the late Frank Newell Harrington and Ethel Mae (Davis) Harrington. He was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret (Farrow) Harrington, in 1970; by his second wife, Evelyn (Gingras) Halpin Harrington, in 2009; his son, William Frank Harrington, in 1994; and his great-granddaughter, Grace Ann Adams.
He leaves his two daughters, Charlotte Louise Dishke and her husband Gordon and Virginia Mae Thomson and her husband Scott; his daughter-in-law, Nancy (Ashman) Harrington Davis. He also will be missed by his stepchildren, Robert Paul Halpin, James Francis Halpin, Janet Ellen (Halpin) Stevens, Carolann (Halpin) Pellerin. He leaves his seven grandchildren, Sara Christine Dishke, David Gordon Dishke and his wife Deanna, Joy Elaine (Harrington) Adams and her husband Darrin, Chad Ashman Harrington and his wife Melissa, Seth William Harrington and his wife Natalie, Jonathan Scott Thomson, and Timothy Adam Thomson; his five step grandchildren, Kimberly Halpin, Carter Stevens, Laura Pellerin, Spencer Stevens and Christine Pellerin; his seven great grandchildren, Megan Alice Trimble, Clark Enrico Dishke, Gordon Ryan MacDonald, Ava Grace Dishke, Holly Elizabeth MacDonald, Matthew Stuart Adams, and Jessica Katherine Adams; his two step great grandchildren, Eduardo Cintron and Alicia Cintron. He was also predeceased by his sister, Eleanor L. Hunter.
Mr. Harrington was a resident of Shrewsbury until 1984, when he moved to Boylston. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury. He was a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corp in Chin and Burma during 1944-45. He devoted much of his time to the Order of the Eastern Star, the Masonic Temple, the Aleppo Shriners and the Mayflower York Rite. A lifelong lover of travelling, he visited most of the USA and Canada by car and Airstream. He was an inveterate storyteller, and loved to talk to a captive audience.
Employed for many years by the FAA, Mr. Harrington proudly maintained the instrument landing systems at several airports, including his last assignment at Logan International Airport. He was also a HAM radio enthusiast.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury. Burial will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery of Boylston. A memorial service honoring his life will be held Thursday, Sept. 1, at 11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church, 19 Church Rd., Shrewsbury.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children (Boston), Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
For online condolences, please visit www.brittonfuneralhomes.com.