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Obituary Condolences

Lance C. Harrington 1944-2012 WATERBURY, VT. AND SARASOTA, FLA. On January 5, 2012, Lance C. Harrington of Waterbury, Vt., and Sarasota Fla., died unexpectedly at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Lance was born on December 13, 1944, in Moultrie, Georgia, to Walt and Charlotte (Agnew) Harrington. As an infant, he moved to Brattleboro with his family and attended schools there. Lance entered the U.S. Army in 1966, and served in Vietnam in 1967. After his military service, Lance received a bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont. Ever the adventurer, Lance then decided to attend the Oklahoma School of Horseshoeing. As a farrier, he traveled the back roads of Vermont looking for horses that needed a good clipping or a new set of shoes. In the fall of 1986, Lance enrolled in Vermont Law School and four years later, he received a law degree. He began his own practice specializing in disability law. Lance was a man of action. While others talked of things they would like to do upon retirement, he actually did them. He traveled to Tanzania on a photo safari. At age 60 he walked the Long Trail from Massachusetts through Vermont with his beloved terrier, Cutters. Soon after, he bought a Honda Gold Wing touring motorcycle and rode west to visit his daughter in Colorado. At age 65, he received his scuba certification. He was well known for his passion to brew maple syrup each spring and mete it out very carefully. Lance's absence will be deeply felt by those who loved him. He leaves his wife and friend, Diana Lyn, and the love of his life, daughter, Kate, and canine daughter, Cutters. He leaves his dad, Walter Harrington and his dear stepmom, Mary; his brother, Scott, and wife Irene; nephew, Scott II, and niece Christine. He was predeceased by his mother, Charlotte, in 1996. He leaves his "other" family, Don and Jean Smith and members of their family. Last, but not least, he leaves his close friend, Ray Foster, who spent many years fishing with Lance and following his many other activities. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held in Brattleboro at a date to be announced. Donations in Lance's name can be made to MOTE Marine Research Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236, where he was a volunteer.

Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Jan. 24, 2012
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