He was born March 22, 1934, in the town of New Lisbon, the son of Kenneth Arthur and Viola (Richards) Harrington.
He married Charlotte Marie Douglas on Aug. 18, 1957, at the Morris United Methodist Church.
He was employed with the New York State Department of Transportation for 30 years, retiring in 1996.
He was well-known for his tidiness and sense of humor. Telling a good joke was George’s fame; he knew one for every occasion. He kept a diary faithfully, which solved many a family discussion, and George also prided himself as keeper of the family stories.
His love of hunting, fishing and camping were evident by his 30 years of trips to Beaver River and Canada with the Valentines. He was a somewhat avid snowmobiler who traveled locally and to the Old Forge area. He was also known for his two favorite hobbies, mowing his large lawn and washing, waxing his shiny cars and trucks. He was a collector of John Deere tractors, guns and hats, and in his later years carved owls out of wood and stone.
He was a member of the Morris United Methodist Church and the Rods and Relics Car Club.
George, or "Poppy," as his grandchildren affectionately called him, is survived by his wife of over 48 years, Charlotte; his daughter, Janann Marie Phillips and her husband, John, of Williamson; and his beloved grandchildren, Tyler and Tricia. He is also survived by his siblings, Madeline Daniels and husband Larry of New Berlin, Eva Joy and husband Jerry of Morris, Hilda Bowen of Burlington Flats, Gary Harrington and wife Debby of Edmeston, Donna Mumbulo and husband Dennis of Edmeston, Ray Harrington and wife Penny of Garrattsville; his extended family who include Ken and Bette Coats and Al and Pat Deforest; as well as a multitude of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.
He was predeceased by a brother, Roy Harrington; as well as several aunts, uncles and in-laws.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 2006, at the United Methodist Church in Morris, with the Rev. Ann Blair officiating.
Burial will be in Hillington Cemetery in Morris.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to the United Methodist Church of Morris, PO Box 246, Morris, NY 13808 or the Morris Emergency Squad, PO Box 452, Morris, NY 13808, in George’s memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.
Published in The Daily Star on March 8, 2006.
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