Dr. Horace "Jerry" F. Darlington Jr., 72, of Grove City, Pa., passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., after battling cancer.
He was born Oct. 26, 1940, in West Chester, Pa., to Dr. Horace and Pauline Darlington.
Jerry was a talented student-athlete who graduated from Westtown School in West Chester. He went on to obtain his bachelor's degree from Haverford College in Haverford, Pa., where he played on the varsity basketball team, serving as captain during his senior season. He completed his education with a master's degree in education at the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in education at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Jerry began his teaching career at Christiana High School in Newark, Del., and went on to serve as the superintendent of Antietam School District in Reading, Pa. He finished his career at the Keystone Area School District in Knox, Pa., where he served as the superintendent, followed by teaching history until his retirement in 2008.
Jerry was an avid sports fan who stayed loyal to his Philadelphia professional sports teams.
He chose to live out his days in Grove City, Pa., close to his immediate family whom he loved dearly.
Jerry is survived by his daughter, Kathryn, a certified nurse anesthetist at UPMC, and her husband, Robert Maine Jr., a pharmaceutical sales representative, who reside in Grove City, Pa. Jerry's son Abraham of Slippery Rock, Pa., is following in his father's footsteps and completing a master's degree in education. Abraham will be pursuing a career in secondary science education. He also leaves his eldest son, Andrew and daughter-in-law, Melissa, of Jacksonville, Fla., who are physicians in cardiology and anesthesiology, respectively.
A private funeral service will be held at Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery in West Chester, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
Arrangements are being handled by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home Inc., West Chester, 610-696-1181, www.DellaFH.com.