Hugh Adam Farrington

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Farrington, Hugh Adam
Passionate entrepreneur, philanthropist and loyal friend of many - died on July 6, 2010, in Los Angeles. Hugh was 50 years old. An entrepreneur at heart, Hugh founded SeatonCorp in 1988, shortly after graduating college. Recognizing the emerging opportunity that software system and personnel systems integration could bring to recruitment, Hugh was a driving force behind the establishment and development of SeatonCorp and its two major recruitment operating businesses,; PeopleScout and Staff Management. Hugh's vision of creating a company known for both its innovation and scale was realized. SeatonCorp's operating divisions, which provide services in 35 states and 10 countries, achieved some of the industry's most prestigious accolades, including; Top 3 provider from by HRO Today magazine, Top 5 providers by The Black Book of Outsourcing, Staffing Industry Analysts: "fastest growing staffing firms in the U.S." by Staffing Industry Analysts and was listed as one of Crain's "Largest Privately Held Companies" in Chicago. Altruistic by nature, Hugh believed in sharing his wisdom and resources with others. Over the course of his life, Hugh supported dozens of charitable organizations. His philanthropic work enhanced the Arts through his support of; the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ojai Music Festival, and the Harvey Public Library. In addition, Hugh touched the lives of many people by supporting Project Angel Food, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Center on Halsted. Hugh's humanitarian spirit of selflessness and generosity will carry on through these organizations. Hugh treasured the many life long friendships he formed. Hugh was a mentor, advisor and advocate to his network of friends and family. He could always be counted on to add give optimistic and inspiring guidance. Known as "Uncle Hugh" to 41 children of close friends and family members, Hugh provided lasting advice and unwavering support. These children were benefactors of Hugh's wisdom, generosity, and life lessons. To these children, "Uncle Hugh" will be forever loved and remembered. Hugh was survived by; his partner, Tom Ford of Los Angeles, Calif.; his parents, Stephen and JoAnn Farrington of Mesa, Ariz; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Katherine Farrington-Lorch and Martin Lorch, and his beloved niece and nephew, Alexia and Cedric Lorch, all of Phoenix, Ariz. Hugh was born on March 27, 1960, in Fargo, N.D. He attended Harvey High School (class of 1978) and received a Bachelor of Science in finance from Arizona State University in 1983. Hugh resided in Chicago from 1984 to 1995 and in Los Angeles from 1995 to 2010. Two celebrations of Hugh's life are planned. A Mass at Our Mother of Good Counsel, located at 2060 N. Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, will be held on Friday, July 23rd at 10:00 a.m. Interment is under the direction of Forest Lawn Memorial Parks. A memorial service will be held in Chicago at the Center on Halsted on at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 14, 2010. The Center on Halsted is located at 3656 N. Halsted Street in Chicago. In lieu of sending flowers, please honor Hugh by contributing to: the Harvey Public Library Fund, 129 10th Ave. S.E., Harvey, North Dakota 58341. Family & friends are encouraged to share memories & condolences by visiting the online obituary Guest Book at

Published in The Arizona Republic from July 17 to July 18, 2010
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