Arnold K. Harrington
1939-2013 BENNINGTON Arnold K. Harrington 74 a resident of East Road died peacefully Saturday June 22, 2013 at Bennington Health and Rehabilitation.
The son of Gaylord and Helen (Thompson) Harrington, he was born in Bennington on June 15, 1939. He grew up in Bennington attending local schools and was a 1957 graduate of Bennington High School. He then joined the Army
National Guard of Vermont/U.S. Coast Guard
until 1960. During this time he worked for Bethlehem Steel as Seaman on the S/S Daniel J. Morrell and S/S Steelton freighters on the great lakes. He enlisted in the US Navy
in 1960 where he received training at the U.S. Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois. He was assigned to duty at Naragansett Bay on Gould Island in Newport, RI (location of experimental torpedo station) and assigned to President Dwight D. Eisenhower's staff at Fort Adams in Newport as a driver. In 1961 he served three months on Navy Destroyer, the USS Forrest Sherman DD931 stationed at Deslant Headquarters in Newport.
From 1961 until 1963 Arnold participated in "Operation Deep Freeze" in the Antartic aboard the icebreaker, USS Glacier AGB-4. The ships mission was to bring much needed supplies to McMurdo Sound in Antartica. When in port at Christchurch, New Zealand he became acquainted with a family that became life-long friends. In July 1963 he began serving on the USS Rockville (EPCER851) in Washington, DC on the Potamac River. This ship did sonar experiments off Puerto Rico and Bermuda for the Naval research Laboratory located in Washington, DC.
Arnold had worked for his father and uncle as a mason tender, advertising sales for the Pennysaver Press, and Pressroom Foreman and Production Manager at the Bennington Banner for 27 years, during this time he was charged with set ting up the new presses at the Brattleboro Reformer. For 14 years he owned and operated Triangle Press from his home in addition to working full time. Following the sale of the Banner, he worked as an independent contractor doing landscaping work and in the winter months at Pleasant Valley Tree Farm. He also worked for the Carthusian Monks on Mount Equinox where he maintained the 5 mile Toll Road and established flower beds in addition to transporting the brothers to medical appointments.
He was a former member of the Mt. Anthony Lodge F&AM, Moose Club
, American Legion and USS Glacier Association. He maintained very large vegetable and flower gardens that were the envy of all who passed by his home. He was proficient at growing, grafting and pruning fruit trees (apple, pear, peach cherry) In addition to planting and maintaining several high bush blueberries, raspberries and asparagus beds. He was a beekeeper and had honey comb and jars of honey for sale at local farmers' market. He loved rabbit hunting with his favorite beagle, Rufus, going ice fishing, fur trapping, hunting and fishing. He built stone walls on his property one of which with stood the fury of the flooding from Hurricane Irene in August 2011.
He leaves his wife Carol (Cleveland) who he married April 24, 1965, daughter Lynne Harrington Farrell and husband Andy of Bennington, son Frank Henry Harrington and wife Susan of Warrenton, VA, brother Thomas Harrington of Benton, KY, grandchildren; Erin Lynne Farrell, Meghan Marie Harrington and Kaitlyn Elizabeth Harrington, Aunt Doris Pratt, of North Bennington, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre-deceased by two brothers Chester and Frank Harrington.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held on Thursday June 27 at noon at the Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home, friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 10 until noon. Burial with military honors will take place in the Waite Cemetery in Shaftsbury.
Memorial gifts may be made to the
-Vermont Affiliate, Bennington Health and Rehab Nursing Staff Education Fund or Care Givers Support Group at Bennington Project Independence in care of Hanson Walbridge & Shea, 213 West Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.
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