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Raymond J. Harrington, Jr., age 68 years, of Lynn, formerly of Peabody, died Sunday at the Sawtelle Family Hospice in Reading, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Margaret M. (Doherty) Harrington with whom he shared 17 years. Born in Salem he was the son of the late Raymond J. (a former Salem Fire Fighter) and Virginia (Welch) Harrington, Sr. Ray graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School, in Peabody, Class of 1967. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Bridgewater State University, Class of 1971, and a Master’s Degree from Salem State University. He taught in Peabody at the McCarthy School from 1971 to 1981, when he went to Regis College and was the Assistant Athletic Director and Head Swim Coach until 2000, Ray then taught at North Shore Technical Vocational High School where he retired as Vice Principal in 2011. During his younger years he was a caddie at Salem Country Club and Tedesco Country Club. Ray loved coaching and coached football, swimming and baseball for over 50 years at the Salem YMCA, Salem High School, and Regis College. He was also former President of Peabody Little League. Ray was inducted into the Salem High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Regis College Hall of Fame in 2006. He was instrumental in starting both the Salem High School and Regis College Swim Teams.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his former wife, Jacqueline M. Harrington of Peabody; one son, Matthew R. Harrington of Peabody; two daughters, Katherine V. and her husband, Michael Morrill of San Diego, Calif., Carrie Ann Quinn and her husband, Grayson Powell of Boston, Mass., and New York; three brothers, Phillip and his wife, Joyce of Salem, Peter Harrington of Salem, Paul and his wife, Mary of Ipswich; one sister, Virginia and her husband, Stephen Benjamin of Peabody; one grandson, Ethan Morrill of San Diego; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial gathering will be held at the Parker Funeral Home, 35 Franklin St., Lynn, on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. to which relatives and friends are invited to attend. Please make memorial donations in Ray’s name to the Salem YMCA, 1 Sewall St., Salem, MA 01970. Guest book at www.parkermemorialfunealhome.com.
Published on  November 30, 2017
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