BROWNSVILLE — A Mass of Christian burial for Matthew W. Harrington, 59, a longtime resident, who died unexpectedly on March 13, 2012 at his home in Brownsville was held March 17 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor. Committal services were held in the Brownsville Cemetery in West Windsor.
He was born Aug. 4, 1952 in Windsor, a son of Paul M. and Ovis (Hammond) Harrington.
He received his schooling in Brownsville and Windsor.
He graduated from Windsor High School in 1970. He attended New Hampton Prep School in New Hampton, N.H. and later Castleton State College, Lyndon State College and the University of Vermont.
He married Shannon Hull on Sept. 5, 1981, in Brownsville.
Matt had been employed at Sturm Ruger and Company in Newport, N.H. for the past 31 years. He also owned and operated Harrington Property Management in Brownsville with his two sons.
He was an active supporter and member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor, and was currently president of the Brownsville Cemetery Association. Matt was a proud member and advocate of Alcoholics Anonymous and had assisted many members in the program throughout the Upper Valley. He was a weekly volunteer at the Southeast Correctional Facility in Windsor for the past 19 years.
Matt was a strong supporter of the Windsor Athletic Program. He had coached Windsor Youth Basketball and Windsor High School Varsity Baseball for many years. He also coached many winning baseball seasons for American Legion Post 25. He had played for the “Wild Bunch” Men’s Regional Softball Program for many years.
Matt was a giver and whatever he was involved with, he gave 100 percent.
He was an avid gardener and enjoyed maintaining his property at the Harrington Homestead. He was an avid New York Yankees fan. He was fond of walking his dogs and Matt’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Shannon Harrington; two sons, Brendan “BJ” Harrington and his wife, Lindsay and Daniel Harrington and his wife, Emma, all of Brownsville; four brothers, Paul J. Harrington of Windsor, Thomas P. Harrington of Ascutney, Peter M. Harrington of New York State, Andrew J. Harrington of Brownsville; three sisters, Joan Grant of Sutton, Mass., Janet Moscarillo of Potomac, Md., and Kathleen Harrington of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; and two sisters, Jean Marden in 1985 and Shawnee Gribbon in 1995.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church, PO Box 46, Windsor, 05089 or to the Windsor Athletic Program, c/o Robert Hingston, Windsor High School, 19 Ascutney Street, Windsor, 050789 to be used for the renovation of the Athletic Field.
Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com
This obituary first appeared in the March 22, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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