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Dr. James L. Harrington, Sr.

November 18, 2015

Dr. James L. Harrington, Sr.On Wednesday, November 18th, Dr. Harrington passed away peacefully at his Bartlett Point home under the care of hospice and his devoted caregivers. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Beverly Allen Harrington, and four children: James L. Harrington, Jr. (Christie), of So. Orange, NJ; Diane A. Peterson (Chris), of Clayton, NY; David B. Harrington (Marcia), of Watertown, NY; Kathy A. Michael (John), of Watertown, NY; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Dr. Harrington was born on October 11th, 1925, in Watertown , the son of Lyle G. Harrington and Evelyn Bigwood Harrington. He attended and graduated from Watertown Public Schools in January 1943 and was recipient of the Hi-Y Cup. His premedical education was at St. Lawrence University and graduated with a B.S. degree. Subsequently he graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry with an M.D. degree in June 1949. His internship was at the Syracuse University Medical Center Hospitals followed by specialization in Ophthalmology at both the Harvard Medical School and Strong Memorial Hospital . He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Harrington was a veteran of two branches of the military. During World War II he served in the Navy and during the Korean War, the U.S. Air Force, retiring as at the rank of captain.

Dr. Harrington practiced Ophthalmology in Watertown for 34 years and was associated with M.B. Kayani, MD during the last ten years. He was Secretary-Treasurer of the Jefferson Co. Medical Society for several years as well as serving as Delegate to the Medical Society of the State of New York . At the Good Samaritan Hospital he was Chief of the Ophthalmology Service as well as the President of the Medical Staff in 1973. He was active in the Watertown Chamber of Commerce and various other civic organizations, including the Board of Hospice of Jefferson County and the Jefferson County Association for the Blind. He also served on the Board of Education for the Watertown City School District for 10 years and was president in 1963.

Dr. Harrington married Ann Marie Brower on February 9, 1952 in Rochester , NY . They were divorced in 1963. He and Beverly Allen Arnoldy were married on July 16, 1966 at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Watertown by Rev. Russell Clark. Dr. Harrington loved spending time with his family, the mighty St. Lawrence River, sailing, boating, fishing and reading.

At his request, there will be no calling hours or funeral and burial is at the convenience of his family. Arrangements are entrusted to Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to Dr. Harrington's family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601 and T.I.E.R. S., P. O. Box 524, Clayton , N.Y., 13624.


#13 lance/karla peterson 2015-11-25 13:28
Sympathy and prayers to you all. He was a great man.
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#12 Tomo Hardiman 2015-11-23 15:02
Dave, Kathy, spouses, and the rest - Just wanted to drop you a line and express sympathy to you guys, and to let you know that you are on my mind and I wish the best for you all and your mom. Regards from Potsdam.
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#11 Jon & Janet Burrows 2015-11-23 05:55
Dear Beverly and Family- Your memories of this man and love for people will help carry you through. Keep him and his ways in your thoughts and prayers and he will always be there with you. Take joy in the little things that remind you of him and forever be thankful we all shared this planet with him for just a little while. Prayers and love to you all.
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#10 Robin J. Curtis 2015-11-22 09:25
To the entire Harrington family: Truly a loss of greatness and kindness with your loved one passing. Remembering rides in the back end of his Corvette, to swimming at the river, all with his watchful eyes, looking over us. Your sadness during this heart aching time, rears up and grabs you in places you never knew you had. But know from my heart, his goodness and humanity, continues through all of you. My sincerest condolences through your difficult journey.
Hon.Robin J. Curtis
Town/Lyme Justice
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#9 Gary Brown 2015-11-22 07:05
I met Dr. Harrington when I was a cross-eyed seven year old in Watertown. He fixed my eye and boosted my confidence. A gentleman; a fabulous doctor.
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#8 Mike Murphy 2015-11-21 09:30
My thoughts and prayers are with the Harrington family,may your father rest in peace.
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#7 Judy Parks Hadley 2015-11-21 08:46
Bev and Diane and your whole family. So sorry to hear about Jim. He was such a super man and husband and Dad. He was always there for me, especially the two times I woke up blind, both on Sunday and he came right up to Watertown. Please take care!
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#6 Kay Woodruff 2015-11-21 08:33
Diane, Chris and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You will have many wonderful memories to share.
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#5 Bob Belcher 2015-11-21 08:00
Dave, Kathy and rest of the Harrington Family.

Sorry to of your Dad`s passing. Met him often on the river. He was always so kind and soft spoken, a true gentlemen. He left a wonder legacy.

You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bob Belcher
Brandenburg/Fort Knox, Kentucky
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#4 Tom Dawley 2015-11-20 14:13
Jim sorry to hear about your dad passing...I had met him a couple of times but was very impressed. Time just keeps moving on and we all get older...just cannot stop or slow down the clock. Remember that greek saying ..as long as we always remember those that passed ....then they will never really leave. Keep him n your heart.

Tom Dawley
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