Walter James Harrington

WINTER HARBOR — Walter James Harrington, 88, died Jan. 3, 2014, at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth. He was born Aug. 13, 1925, in Winter Harbor, a son of Foster P. and Eva A. (Wescott) Harrington.

Walter grew up in Winter Harbor and graduated from Winter Harbor High School in 1943. On Feb. 14, 1947, Walter married Gertrude E. Haycock in Ellsworth. She passed away November 2003. After working several jobs as a young man, he and his son, Gordon, formed Winter Harbor Carpenters and Builders in 1975. They worked together building homes for the next 25 years in the Winter Harbor and Gouldsboro area. He enjoyed playing golf, hunting, fishing and loved spending time with family and friends. He was a member and past master of Schoodic Grange, Winter Harbor Fire Department, selectman and the sexton of the Winter Harbor cemeteries.

He is survived by his son and best friend, Gordon Harrington, and wife, Diana; granddaughters, Melissa Harrington, Tracey Hutchins and husband, Jeffery, all of Winter Harbor; great-grandchildren, Robert and Matthew Correia, and Alexis and Emilee Hutchins; sister, Grace Gerrish; several nieces and nephews; special great-nephew, Brendan and Kristen Rush; and special friend, Lawrence Cole. He was predeceased by his parents; wife of 56 years, Gertrude; four brothers; and three sisters.

Calling hours will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. A spring graveside service will be held at Greenwood Cemetery, Winter Harbor. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Walter’s memory may be made to the Winter Harbor Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 98, Winter Harbor, ME 04693 or Gouldsboro Fire Rescue Auxiliary, P.O. Box 68, Prospect Harbor, ME 04669. Condolences may be expressed at

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