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David Harrington

Place of birth: Omaha, NE

David Kelly Harrington was born on December 18, 1958 in Omaha, NE to Frank and Norma Harrington. He was the second of five children. He is preceded in death by his dad and his older sister Mary Eleanor aka Robin. His younger siblings are Christopher, Heather and Jonathan. The family moved frequently but David’s favorite place that he lived as a child was Montclair, NJ. He had many happy memories there and went back to visit Montclair in 2012. The family also lived in Atlantic City, NJ, Alexandria, VA and Shawnee Mission, KS. David graduated high school from Shawnee Mission North is 1977. He attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS and received a BFA in Painting in 1981.
In 1984 he had a dream that he should move to Chicago and he did. On June 10, 1984 he met Laurel Arbuckle. The two began dating and married on April 27, 1985. Their first child Megan Kelly was born on September 7, 1985. Caitlin Ann followed on February 16, 1988 and the family was completed with Bridget Rose on November 27, 1991. The family lived in several places before settling down at in Bolingbrook, IL in 1991. David worked at many jobs but in 1991 he was hired by Borders Books and worked at their Oak Brook store until 2007.
David was a giving and selfless father and husband. He worked nights while Laurel worked days so the children could be raised and cared for by their parents. He gladly donated his time at his daughters schools and coached their sports teams. He instilled in his children a love of the arts.
In 2007 David was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. He quit Borders and began to pursue full time a remunerative hobby that began in 2000. He sold books and records on Ebay and Amazon. He was quite successful and everyone in his family has happy memories of attending garage sales with him as he searched for items to sell online.
He enjoyed four years of remission and he and Laurel were able to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in New Orleans, LA. In 2012 his cancer returned. He pursued treatment until 2013 and at that time he chose quality of life over treatment. He entered hospice in May of 2014 and he won his battle with cancer on February 24, 2015 at 3:27 pm.
He is survived by his younger siblings, mother, wife and daughters. He was cremated on 2/28 at 3:30 pm in a private ceremony. His wife and daughters plan to plant a tree in his memory in Bolingbrook and to scatter his ashes at Point Betsie Lighthouse, Frankfort, MI this summer.

4 Responses

  • Laurel Harrington On

    Thanks Heather. David lives on in all of us.

  • Laurel Harrington On

    Thank you Stacey for your kind words.

  • Stewart Ferguson On

    Great friend


    Dave was one of my best friends in highschool and I was so sad to hear from his brother Chris that he had passed away. He was such a talented artist and I used to be in awe of the images he drew. I especially liked the comics he used to create. He was a great friend to me and I will always cherish the times we shared as teenagers. My condolences to your family.

  • Heather Anderson On

    a gentle soul


    David was a gentle soul, in words and action. He will never be forgotten. Deepest sympathy for Laurel and the girls.

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