Michael Thomas Harrington passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Jan. 16, 2022 following a short illness.
Born April 25, 1947 at the Glens Falls Hospital to Ethel Harrington, Mike lived in Bolton Landing for part of his childhood before the family relocated to New Kingston. Mike was a Margaretville Central School graduate, class of 1965. In those teenage years, he and his friends put the back roads and police through their paces.
In 1969 Mike married Cynthia Gray in New Kingston and they enjoyed 29 years of marriage before her passing in 1998.
On April 12, 2003 Mike married Sharon (Northrup) MacRabie in Walton.
Mike is survived by his loving wife, Sharon, his children Michael (Cindy) Harrington, Melvin (Ellie) Harrington, Dallis Wright, stepchildren Geoff (Kim) MacRabie and Jocelyn (Andy) Moody; his grandchildren Kaitlyn (Brennon) Tompkins, Hunter (Alex) McCall, Natalie Wright, Jeremiah, Gavin and Nathaniel Harrington, Madalyn Moody, Lillian, Grant and Keaton MacRabie; and great-grandchildren Leigha, Kendall and Reagan Tompkins.
Additionally, Mike is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Susan and Douglas Earl, Sandra Northrup, Jerry and Deb Northrup, and Tom Northrup. Mike is also survived by a sister, Lorraine Sanford, special cousin Betsy Adamo along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mike had many names and was lovingly called dad, papa, Herb, Michael T, Big Mike, and Mikey by those that adored him - including his unofficially adopted son, Adam Miller and all of those that he mentored who looked up to him in many ways.
Wherever he went Mike made friends and leaves behind so many, some of which became family including Dave Rolland, Bob Brown, Chris Kinney and Mike Ondish, as well as his cemetery family, his coon club family, his hunting club family and fire department family.
In addition to his first wife, Mike was predeceased by his mother, Ethel and his sister Ruthann Shultis.
Mike moved to Walton in the early 70s where he worked at Breakstones for 36 years before retiring in 2008. Mike then went on to work for the Walton Cemetery Association where he took great pride in how the cemetery looked and the job he did there until he retired on December 31, 2021. He was also a seasonal worker for the Town of Walton Highway Department and was a member of the Walton Zoning Board for a few years.
Mike was an avid outdoorsman and was involved in many hunting clubs, including Three Rivers Coonhunters in Unadilla where he served in several officer positions; Brush Busters Hunt Club on Readburn where he served in several officer positions and was the treasurer at the time of his passing. Mike was also the current president of the Delaware County Federation of Sportmen Clubs where he served in several capacities. He was continually encouraging young children to get out into the woods to hunt and take part in nature.
On April 5, 1976 Mike joined the Walton Fire Department where he was still an active member. Mike served in many officer positions over the years, being the fire chief from 1993 to 1998, including during the Flood of 1996 in Walton. Again being involved in the youth of the community Mike was involved in mentoring many children in the Explorer Post and several young firefighters came to know Mike well, especially when they made a mistake. All three of his children and grandchildren remain involved in the field of Fire and EMS.
In addition Mike served as president of the Delaware County Firefighters’ Association from 2009 to 2011 and remained an active member until his illness.
If Mike had an opinion, everybody knew what it was. He wasn’t afraid to tell you what he thought, a not so popular trait he passed to his children. He also had “the look” and if you had the pleasure of knowing Mike you know exactly what that look was. However, as quickly as he got mad, he quickly got over it.
Mike greatly enjoyed his part in the 2013 movie production of Demon on Wheels, which was produced by Christine Eliopoulos, a locally made movie about the rebuild and restoration of a 1968 Ford Mustang that had been hidden away for 35 years. His costars included his good friends: Mike Ondish, Martha Drew, Eric Van Benschoten, the late Dick Gorsch, the Ford Mustang creator Carroll Shelby and the Ford Historian, John Clor, as well as local celebrities Steve Williamson and the late Glen George.
Donations in Mike’s name can be made to the Walton Fire Department, 59 West Street, Walton, NY 13856; Delaware County Firefighters Association, 280 Phoebe Lane, Suite 3, Delhi, NY 13753 or the Three Rivers Coonhunters Club at Sheep Pen Road, Unadilla, NY 13849.
Calling hours to which relatives and friends are invited to attend will be held today, Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Walton Fire Department, 61 West Street, Walton, where an additional calling hour will be held on Thursday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m.-12 noon followed by a service at noon. A private burial will be held by the family at Walton Cemetery.