SOUTH ROYALTON —A memorial celebration of life for Gifford E. Harrington, 87, who died Sept. 8 at Mayo Health care in Northfield will be held Oct. 12 at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Sam Newton will officiate. There will be no public calling hours.
He was born Aug. 10, 1925, in Randolph, the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Gifford) Harrington.
He attended school in Randolph, where he was one of three students who graduated in 1943 after they had joined the military. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in the Philippines where his unit took part in the Leyte Invasion.
On Aug. 19, 1946, he married Donna Estabrook of East Brookfield, in a double ceremony with their friends, Bob and Bunny Race of Randolph. They lived in East Brookfield, North Randolph and Essex Jct., before moving to their home in South Royalton. Gifford delivered milk for White Brothers Creamery in East Randolph and drove bus for Vermont Transit for 30 years before retiring in 1987.
He was a member of Mystic Star Phoenix 97 F&AM, the Vermont Trappers Association for 32 years, Cascadnac Fish and Game Club in South Royalton and a lifetime member of V.F.W. Post 2571 in White River Jct. He loved to dance. He was a very skilled outdoorsman, hunter, trapper and fisherman. He trapped many furbearers but was known as one of the best at catching mink and fisher. He was also a great wing shot and a running buck rarely got my him. After the hunt, he enjoyed the time spent with other hunters and trappers at his home.
His last birthday was very special because he celebrated at his grandson’s inn and restaurant, The Harrington House. Many friends and family members shared this special day with him as he enjoyed his favorite meal and drink.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Harrington of 66 years; two sons, Bryan Harrington and his wife, Theresa and Scott Harrington and his wife, Diane; a daughter, Sheila Coogan and her husband, John all of South Royalton; a daughter-in-law, Holly Harrington of Brookfield; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his son, Carl R. Harrington in 1999.
Memorial contributions may be made to the South Royalton Rescue Squad, PO Box 204, South Royalton, 05068.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea.
This obituary first appeared in the September 13, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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