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.
Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 3, 2014.