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Dennis C. Harrington

Dennis C. Harrington

Thursday, July 17th, 1952 - Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
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Obituary

Dennis C. Harrington, 67, of Little Silver passed away suddenly on February 22, 2020 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, NJ. Dennis was born on July 17, 1952 in Red Bank, NJ.

Dennis received a BA in Education from Merrimack College, North Andover, MA. Dennis worked at Red Bank Catholic High School for the past 38 years, first as a teacher and then as the School Disciplinarian, recently retiring in June 2019. Dennis was very proud of ALL his students throughout the years and enjoyed them as much as they enjoyed him. His popularity with all the students speaks for itself. We couldn’t go anywhere without someone yelling out “Hello Mr. Harrington”. The students amusingly referred to the passes he sent out as “getting a Harrington”. He will be extremely missed by everyone whose life he has touched.

He is survived by his wife Linda, with whom they shared 40 loving years together and 3 sons, Owen, Sean and Liam. 1 Brother and sister-in-law Paul and Ginny Harrington. 2 Sisters and brother-in-laws, Peggy and Al Griffin and Linda and Bill Bickler as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Dennis was preceded by his Parents, Cornelius and Sally Harrington.

Dennis enjoyed spending time with family and friends, sports, music, concerts, and The Grateful Dead Band.

Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home, 1735 Rt. 35, Middletown, NJ 07748. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at St. James’s Roman Catholic Church in Red Bank NJ at 10:00am. A Repass following the Mass will take place at the VFW Post 2179, Hwy 36, Port Monmouth, NJ.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home
    Address
    1735 Rt 35
    MIDDLETOWN, NJ 07748
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St. James Parish
    Address
    94 Broad
    RED BANK, NJ 07701
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Carolyn E Bliss

Posted at 03:35pm
I had the absolute privilege of working with Dennis for nearly 40 years. Those of us who knew him will never forget him. He was a true original, loved and respected by everyone. Dennis is gone too soon, but he will live forever in our hearts and memories. Even though he was not fortunate enough to be a "Casey," he truly epitomized all that being a Casey means and represents. RIP, my partner.

Charlie Harrington

Posted at 12:21pm
When I first got to RBC, I’d hear some manner of the following all the time:

“Your dad is the best”

“Your dad is so scary”

“Your dad is the MAN”

I’d nod along, because often these comments were from some of the more notorious characters at school. But eventually, I cracked,

“Yeah, he is! But wait til you meet him, because Mr. Harrington is my UNCLE!”

Yes, I will finally admit here that Uncle Dennis gave me a bit of a head start at RBC. But only by throwing me alongside the summer detention kids as part of the St. James / RBC Maintenance Crew in the summers before freshman, sophomore, and junior years.

To this day, it was the best job I’ve ever had. We smashed walls with a sledgehammer, scraped gum off carpets with Gum-Freez (and sprayed each other in the arms with it too), changed the codes on every single locker, you name it. And we got a paycheck for it! One day we were told that there were 3 pigeons on the 4th floor. That was our mission. Good luck!

I learned a lot about my uncle from the other charges in summer detention. Even though this man was their ostensible gate-keeper, they respected and adored him. When I told them that my internment was voluntarily, they nodded. They understood.

In my dad’s side of the family, the men are commanding, stubborn, strong, and loyal. (No offense, mom’s side). Grandpa Corn, his brothers Willie, Mike, and Dan, my dad.

Uncle Dennis, Mr. Harrington, is no exception. He breaks the mold.

Perhaps this comes from growing up in 1950s and 60s Keansburg - a place that is in my mind a combination of THE WONDER YEARS, A CHRISTMAS STORY, LEAVE IT TO BEAVER, and, of course, DENNIS THE MENACE.

Getting a HARRINGTON in your morning homeroom wasn’t a curse - it was a blessing. You were invited into that inner sanctum of the cafeteria, that little pod with him and Mr. Mont, and you had your chance to make your stuttering case for the uniform violation or whatnot. But what it really was was a chance to get advice from the pillar of what Red Bank Catholic represents: learning, forgiveness, respect for others, self-dignity, community.

You can ask just about any RBC student and they’ll agree. For the last sixteen years, I’ve received countless out-of-the-blue messages from RBC students about Uncle Dennis.
This is what they say:

“Your uncle is the best.”

“Your uncle saved my life”

“Your uncle is the MAN.”
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Steve DeAngelo

Posted at 07:53am
Very sorry for your loss admired Dennis immensely over the years knowing his devotion to youth athletics
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Daniel Compton

Posted at 07:36am
Dennis was a great guy we will miss him . Sincerely Daniel and Mary Compton.
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Stephen Hill

Posted at 02:03pm
My thoughts and prayers with the Harrington family. Dennis,you made me feel welcome from the first moment I arrived at RBC and loved our concert discussions and our mutual love of OBCO donuts. RIP me friend
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