Thomas E. Harrington Sr. passed away at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 8, 2012) at home in Champaign.
Tom was born March 2, 1931, in Urbana, the son of Earl C. and Genevieve E. Harrington. He attended Holy Cross School and Champaign High School, graduating as a member of the 1949 class known as the 49er's. Tom loved athletics and lettered in golf, basketball and football in high school. He attended the University of Illinois, graduating in 1953 and was a member of varsity golf team from 1950 to 1953. He then graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law school in 1955.
Tom married Andrea Gunn on Aug. 21, 1954, in Danville, and she survives. They raised four sons, Tom Harrington Jr. (Barb) of Champaign, Dan Harrington (Marianne) of Delray Beach, Fla., Tim Harrington (Kris) of Champaign and Steve Harrington (Lee) of Cocoa Beach, Fla. He is also survived by grandchildren, Elizabeth Wellman (Rob) of Indianapolis, Thomas E. Harrington III of Peoria, Patrick Harrington, Andrew (Emily) Harrington, Danielle (Ryan) Bender, Blakely Harrington, Richard Harrington, Jack Harrington, Joe Harrington, Genevieve Harrington, Kassie Jones and Kyler Jones, all of Champaign, and Amelia Harrington, Michael Harrington, Hannah Jane Harrington and Katherine Harrington, all of Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Also surviving are brother and sister-in-law, Donald J. Porter and Peggy Porter of Urbana. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother and sister-in-law, W. Kenneth Porter and Leta Porter, and sister, Sister Teresa Ann Harrington OSB.