Kathleen-Harrington-Obituary

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Kathleen Harrington

West Springfield, Massachusetts

Dec 3, 1967 – Oct 18, 2019 (Age 51)

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Kathleen Harrington


1967 – 2019


 


West Springfield – Kathleen (Marshall) Stone Harrington, 51, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family and friends.   Kate was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, the daughter of John Marshall and the late Elizabeth (Donaher) Stone.  She grew up in New Boston, N.H. and has lived in West Springfield for the past 20 years.  Kate graduated from Goffstown High School in Goffstown, NH, received her Bachelor’s Degree from the College of the Holy Cross and earned her law degree from Western New England College.  While in law school she went to work for Massachusetts’ Department of Children and Families and became a counsel II working mostly in the Springfield and Holyoke Juvenile Courts.  She became a tireless advocate for the rights of children and a self taught expert on learning disabilities, how differing states laws impacted child abuse cases and the effects of primary and secondary trauma on children and adults. She used that knowledge to help countless people in West Springfield and beyond.   She was a devoted mother to her three sons demonstrating by sheer force of will that their (and her) only limit is the sky and sharing their love for pets and animals.  Active in the community, Kate was the chair of the West Springfield Public Library Capital Campaign which raised 2 million dollars to renovate and expand the West Springfield Library; a member of the Republican State Committee and chair of the West Springfield Republican Town Committee before leaving both posts due to the party’s embrace of radical positions and persons.  She served on the West Springfield Planning Board for fifteen years, becoming Vice-Chair and liaison to the Conservation Commission and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Katie also was part of the committee who rewrote the Bullying Policy for the West Springfield Public Schools and the committee that selected the current Superintendent of Schools.  She leaves her husband Brian K. Harrington; three sons William J. Harrington III, James E. Harrington and Colby W. Harrington, her biological father John Marshall of Phoenix, AZ, her father Robert Stone of New Boston, NH, her aunts and uncles James and Susan Donaher, Susan Jones, Michael and Leslie Donaher and Kathleen and Kevin Keogh and her cousins Lauryn Field, Megan Ucich, and Edward and Abby Donaher.  The funeral will be held at the West Springfield Curran-Jones Funeral Home Wednesday at 11:00am.  Visiting hours will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00pm.  For more details please visit curranjones.com.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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My thoughts and prayers go out to Kathleen's family and friends. Although I didn't know her we have a very special connection. I also went to Holy Cross and then Western New England law school. Her work with children and those with disabilities is so very important and admirable. Well done counselor. RIP.

Brian, at this difficult time in your life, I pray that God will grant you and your family the serenity and peace that you'll need to get through this. Stay strong and know that you are remembered in thought and prayer.

My sincere condolences during this difficult time.

Brian and boys,
Remember her spirit forever. It will live within you. She will continue to be the voice in your head and your guiding light forever and always.
With a heavy heart,
Patti Franco (and family)

Brian, I am so sorry for your and your family's loss.

Margaret Arsenault

God Bless your family during this difficult time Kathleen had such a vibrant and beautiful personality, her positivity and courage was so refreshing. What a lovely soul. My deepest condolences to you all ❤

My thoughts and prayers are with the Harrington family. Katie was a fierce advocate for children and her family was so important to her. She was one of a kind and I will truly miss Katie and her sense of humor.

May the Lord send his Spirit to comfort you in this difficult time.

I was heartbroken to hear about your passing. To know that we will never get to sit together again and talk about the struggles with our boys and the similar battles we faced regarding their education is saddening. You helped me on that journey more than you know!

To Katie's husband and sons, I am so sorry for your loss, You are all in my thoughts and prayers. She truly was an amazing woman.