April 24, 1923 – Jan. 22, 2015
Charles F. Harrington, attorney, churchman, Orchard Park official and World War II Army veteran, died Thursday in Fox Run Orchard Park following a long illness. He was 91.
A Buffalo native, Mr. Harrington attended Buffalo public schools and was valedictorian of his class at Bennett High School in 1941. He graduated from University of Rochester in 1947 and from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1950.
His education was interrupted in December 1942 by World War II, when he enlisted in the Army Reserve and also studied at the University of Chicago.
He was transferred to the Quartermaster Company of the 96th Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater, which participated in the battles of Leyte and Okinawa. After the war, he was promoted to staff sergeant.
In 1950, after the death of his grandfather, Charles M., Mr. Harrington joined the family law firm – Harrington and Harrington – that his father, Henry B. and grandfather started. In 1988, the firm merged with Brown & Kelly, and Mr. Harrington became counsel to the firm.
In recent years, he specialized in estates and trusts.
In 1965, his family moved to Orchard Park, where he became active in community affairs, and served as a member and vice president of the Orchard Park School Board and a member and president of the Orchard Park Symphony.
Mr. Harrington was chairman of the committees that drafted the original town Code of Ethics, and he served on the Town Board of Ethics as its chairman for many years.
He also served on various ad hoc committees for the town and School Board.
Mr. Harrington also was a member and chairman of the Erie County Bar Association’s committee on practice and procedure in Surrogate’s Court, a member of the Estates and Trusts Section of the New York State Bar Association, a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member and past president of Estates Analysts of Western New York.
He was a member of Buffalo’s Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he met and married his wife of 62 years, the former Virginia Hornbarger. Mr. Harrington served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon, elder and clerk for the church.
He also sat on several committees of the Presbytery of Western New York and was a representative to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA.
Mr. Harrington also served on the boards of Westminster Community House, Presbyterian Homes of Western New York and Presbyterian Homes Foundation.
He enjoyed camping, skiing and traveling, and was a member of Buffalo Ski Club and Buffalo Canoe Club.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, William and Richard; two daughters, Susan and Charlotte Bickford; a brother,Roger F.; and 10 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 7 in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.