James Joseph HARRINGTON
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HARRINGTON, James Joseph James Joseph Harrington, age 55, died December 1, 2014, after a nearly 10 year battle with myxoid liposarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. He was fondly known as "Hey, Jimmy!" by his friends and coworkers. Jimmy was a lifelong resident of Medlock Park, in Decatur. He attended St Thomas More Catholic School and graduated from Druid Hills High School. He went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. One of his favorite UGA memories was sitting on "The Tracks" to watch the Bulldogs play. He enjoyed telling people that he never missed a game, but never made it inside Sanford Stadium while he was a student. Jimmy was an insurance agent and served as Executive Vice-President at The Palmer Agency. He began working there in 1982, and spent his entire career serving agents and client with grace and style. Even his illness could not keep him from daily operations, as he only missed work on days he had chemotherapy, and even then, he has his laptop with him and would work remotely from the reclining chair in the infusion center. Jimmy was an avid sports fan. He was a Falcon's season ticket holder and tailgating with the gang was a big part of each game day. He enjoyed following the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves, mostly on TV, but always jumped at the chance to attend games, when possible. Most of all, he was the biggest sports fan of his sons, whether they were swimming, playing basketball or playing lacrosse. His very favorite thing was spending time with family and friends near the water, whether on the Crescent River in south Georgia or on lakes in north Georgia. Sunset cruises in his 1955 wooden Chris Craft on Lake Rabun was the highlight of every weekend spent there. He also loved "projects" and could always be counted on to repair almost anything, and to always carry a full supply of tools to do just about any job. Because of the huge impact scouting has had on his sons, donations may be made to Boy Scout Troop 175, c/o Decatur First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA, 30030. Jimmy specifically requested all funds go toward a new boat house for the troop's camp on Lake Allatoona. The thought of making it possible for boys to have a nice and safe place to learn how to boat and swim gave him great pleasure. He is survived by his wife, Clara Guy Harrington, his sons, Candler Schoel Harrington and John Daniel Harrington, his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Dan Harrington (Daisy), brothers, Daniel J. Harrington and John S. Harrington, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Rick Finley (Patty), nieces, Emily Finley, Mary Finley, Annabelle Finley and Gayle Scott (Will), nephews, Sam Finley and Derek Harrington (Brittany), several aunts, uncles & cousins, four great-nieces and nephews, so many well-loved friends and his faithful dog, Rex. The family will receive friends on Friday, December 12, 2014 from 4 PM to 7 PM at A.S. Turner and Sons, 2773 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, GA. A memorial service will be held at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 11 AM. A S. Turner and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory.

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 3, 2014.
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December 7, 2019
To this day I so miss talking and working with Jimmy. He was a true gentleman & wonderful guy. I often think how great this world would be if there were more hey Jimmys around.
Andy LaRocco
April 21, 2015
hello Clara, do you know if Jimmy's scout troop is still raising funds for the boat dock for the troop? blessings to you, thanx, tim goodnow.
tim goodnow
December 13, 2014
My condolences to the family of Jimmy. I never met him but have worked along side Clara for 21 years and from her loving stories of him I feel I knew his spirit! May you always know there is just a veil between you and he is always with you, now guiding you from above! Sending love and peace, Barbara Harris
barbara harris
December 13, 2014
Jimmy was taken far too early from Clara, Candler, John, family and friends who loved him dearly. He was an amazing person in all aspects of his life and will be remembered for the way he lived his life. He had a wonderful infectious smile that I won't forget. Hey Jimmy - RIP.
Diane McCoy
December 11, 2014
A truly nice guy!
He will be sadly missed!
Richard Wiley
December 9, 2014
I am absolutely shocked to learn of your departure today from this realm to the heavenly realm of God. Wow, what a presence you gave to all who came near you; always welcoming, ready to serve, smiling with an inner glow that caused one to want to be in your presence. What a man! I'll miss you Jimmy. Jack Tester
Jack Tester
December 9, 2014
I will always remember and cherish those memories working with Jimmy. He never missed a chance to smile and chuckle. He will be sorely missed ! Sincere wishes for peace for his family. Praying you will find comfort in his memories. - Shannon Renn
December 6, 2014
During the 30+ years I had the pleasure to work with Jimmy, he was always gracious; always ready with answers; always a gentleman; and always my friend.

I, along with countless others, will greatly miss him. Jimmy was "one of a kind." My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Gail Raab
December 5, 2014
Dear Harrington Family you are in my prayers and thoughts. I worked with Jimmy a few years back and I was truly blessed by getting to know him. May the family take comfort that he now is in a much better place!! You will be missed Jimmy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dori Bellina
December 5, 2014
No one can ever replace a Jimmy Harrington. A true gentleman, a true professional, a true friend. I will deeply miss him.

Andy LaRocco
December 5, 2014
Dear Clara and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Jimmy was a great man, father and husband. His smile was infectious and humor genuine. Please know that my family is thinking and praying for you at this time.
December 4, 2014
A beautiful elegy. A life well lived. And a huge spirit of giving and caring for others, especially kids. What a loss to to a wonderful, vital Druid Hills community family. The Harringtons have always been generous and welcoming to so many friends, especially those I knew through Druid Hills High. Handsome, strong, gentle and kind, Jimmy was the perfect partner to Clara and we all knew how much he adored his boys. My lasting image will always be Jimmy in that go-cart at the DH Homecoming parade in 2011 a tradition he maintained so long as his boys were in our alma mater. My thoughts and hopes, prayers and love go out to the Harringtons. Thank you, Clara, for brining Jimmy into my life.
matt porter
December 3, 2014
My heart goes out to the Harrington family. I remember always seeing Jimmy at all the Falcons games growing up, such a great guy.
Zac Abney
December 3, 2014
How beautifully written...and we know about his "projects" after years of DHHS floats.
Donna Toulme
December 3, 2014
Good thoughts, prayers and hugs to you and your family. Melody and Steve Antle
December 3, 2014
Hey Jimmy!! It still hard to believe that this day has come. You are missed more than you know!!! The whole family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Amanda Turner
December 3, 2014
Every once in a great while, if you are fortunate enough, you meet a very special person.One who radiates all that is good in a man but it is so very rare. Jimmy was such a man.He left a wonderful legacy with two great sons who I know will carry on making their own mark in his memory and because of his influence. Jimmy and Claira were inspirations to all who know them. Mere words cannot even begin to express the loss of this man means to Claira, John , Candler and all his family and friends. The world is a better place for his living and I am better for having known him.
Christopher Schultheiss
December 3, 2014
I will always remember Jimmy's big smile and the love he had for you and the boys. Heaven received another amazing man who was taken away too early from us.
We love you all very much.
Deone
December 3, 2014
Hey Jimmy, We love you man! Jim, Stephanie and Avery White.
December 3, 2014
Hi, Clara. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I can't imagine what you and your family have been through, but you have all my sympathy. You and Jimmy put so much care and time and work into the Scouts, even during Jimmy's illness. Alex loved it so much.
Thank you both and my deepest condolences.
Sincerely,
Linda S. Kirkland
(Alex Kirkland's Mom from Scouts)
Linda Kirkland
December 3, 2014
Hey Jimmy, We love you man! Jim, Stephanie & Avery White.
December 3, 2014
San Ran
December 3, 2014
HEY JIMMY.GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. BILLY,LISA,JILLIAN AND CAROLINE WALKER.
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