Edward J. Harrington passed away surrounded by his family at the Prescott House in North Andover on Thursday morning, February 7, 2008. He was 81 years old. Edward was born in Arlington, MA, the son of the late Joseph and Alyce Ayer. He grew up in Lexington and was a graduate of Lexington High School. He was an outstanding athlete and excelled in baseball and basketball. He and his fellow 1943 – 1944 teammates were inducted into the Lexington High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Like many young men during WW II, he joined the military at the age of 17. He served in the Coast Guard as a Seaman First Class on the USS Lorain. He was discharged at the end of WW II.
Edward had retired from the Post Office, where he worked as a clerk in the Plymouth, MA Post Office. He had previously worked at Charles P. Laughman Co. in Needham, MA as a Shipping and Receiving Clerk for 12 years. Edward and his wife Phyllis moved to Burlington in 1955. He shared his love for sports through his involvement in the Burlington Baseball and Softball Association. He enjoyed golfing, going to the theater, music and reading. He was a devoted family man and cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren. He spent 23 years living in Harwich and had just recently moved to Windham to be closer to his family.
Edward was the beloved husband of 55 years of Phyllis C. (Hapenney). Loving father of Janice & her husband Dick Doyle of Johnsburg, IL, Michael & his wife Linda of Beverly, Patricia & her husband Neal Reynolds of Windham, NH, Joseph & his wife Mary Beth of Burlington, and Jeffrey of Harwich. Brother of Frank of Billerica and Joseph of Wakefield. Also survived by 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Funeral from the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (exit 34 off Rt. 128, Woburn side) on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington at 10 a.m. Visiting hours Monday 4-8 p.m. Interment in the VA National Cemetery of MA, Bourne on Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. Memorials in Edward’s name may be made to a charity of one’s own choice. For directions, obituary, and online guest book see www.sullivanfuneralhome.net or www.saintmargaretschurch.net