East Longmeadow - Robert L. Harrington, 93, entered eternal rest on 30 July 2019. A beloved husband, father, and grandfather--and devoted New York Football Giants fan--Bob made the world a better place with his gentle ways and playful humor. Bob was born to Marion Good Harrington and Jeremiah Harrington in 1925. Raised in Jamaica, NY, he graduated from Saint Augustine’s High School just as the US entered World War II. He served in the South Pacific aboard the USS Vincennes, receiving the Purple Heart for injuries sustained at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. A graduate of the University of Miami, Bob was employed at the O’Connell Lynch Insurance Agency, and served as City Treasurer of Long Beach, NY. Bob married the love of his life, Anne Rowan in 1961. Their 56 year marriage was the central joy of their lives. Bob and Anne enjoyed a long and full retirement, splitting their time between Long Beach, NY; Delray Beach, FL; and Longmeadow. When Anne became ill, he cared for her with love, patience and compassion. Bob was a devoted father and loving father-in-law. Perhaps his most cherished role was that of “Poppy.” He delighted in watching his grandchildren grow and took great pride in the ways Isabel, Julia, and Sofia pursued their interests and passions. Family was everything to him. Among Bob’s dearest friends were his fellow New York Giants season ticket holders. For 54 years, they cheered on their team in good times and bad. Their matching hand knit berets may have long faded, but his enthusiasm for his team never did. Bob will long be remembered as a man of deep faith, a loyal friend, and a kind soul who was always ready to extend a hand. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Anne, and brothers James, Richard and Eugene. He is survived by his children Susan Harrington and Colleen Cummings, their spouses Ellen Andersen and Doug Cummings, grandchildren Isabel, Julia, and Sofia, and several nieces and nephews. His family will receive friends on Monday, August 5th from 5-7PM at the Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main St., East Longmeadow. His Funeral will begin on Tuesday, August 6th at 10:15AM from the funeral home followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11:30AM at St. Michael’s Church, East Longmeadow. Committal prayers with Military Honors will follow at 1:00PM in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Agawam. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, P. O. Box 50798, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240 or www.tcjayfund.org.
Tom Coughlin Jay Fund
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