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Obituary: Richard Harrington

He was born in Pierre, S.D., and considered Eugene, Ore., his hometown.

Published on March 6, 2018 2:36PM

Richard Harrington

Oct. 1, 1930 –– Feb. 21, 2018

Richard (Dick) F. Harrington died at age of 87 in Pittsboro, N.C., from Parkinson’s Disease.

He was born in Pierre, S.D., and considered Eugene, Ore., his hometown.

The younger son of Edmund and Beatrice Harrington, Dick spent his childhood in Kadoka, S.D., and he and his brother Ed and their parents migrated west, first to Utah, on to Portland, and then to Eugene.

Dick graduated from Oregon State University, with a degree in agriculture - food technology and joined the General Foods Corp., Birds Eye Division, in Walla Walla, Wash., working in quality control.

Promoted to plant manager in Walla Walla, Dickand his wife, Jeanne Hopkins, and the growing Harrington family moved across the Pacific Northwest to Florida and back, and finally to Avon, N.Y. He oversaw the production, packaging and distribution of everything from frozen vegetables to Cool Whip and Pudding Pops, managing operations in Avon and Fulton in New York and Searcy, Ark.

Dick retired from what is now Kraft Foods in 1987, after which he and friend Jack Seal developed several successful small businesses before his permanent retirement in 1994.

Always known for a quick wit and generous heart, Dick was involved in each and every community in which the family lived. Balancing time between Rushford Lake in western New York and Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, Dick and Jeanne traveled much of the world, enjoying trips to Africa, Russia, China, Europe and eventually Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania.

Dick was preceded in death by his brother Ed, his son Todd and daughter Cynthia. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 62 years, Jeanne Marie Hopkins, and daughters Ann Marie Amico, Leslie Loomis and Amy Harrington and sons Richard and Christopher, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

Donaldson Funeral and Cremation is in charge of arrangements.


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