August 15, 1929 - February 10, 2012
Dr. Joseph Harrington of Milford, PA, 82, died at home peacefully on February 10, 2012 after a period of brief illness. He was the husband of Eileen (Stafford) Harrington.
Joseph Francis Harrington was born at home on August 15, 1929 to the late Joseph and Florence (Madden) Harrington in Olyphant, PA. A graduate of St. Patrick’s High School, he received an undergraduate degree at the University of Scranton in 1951, and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Georgetown Dental School in 1955. Following graduation, he served as a dentist for four years at the Fairford and West Drayton American Air Force bases in England and was honorably discharged from active duty on November 20, 1958. He met his wife Eileen, a private duty nurse, near the base through the priest at the small Catholic Church they both attended. They married on November 9, 1957 at Annakissa, Eileen’s home parish in Castlekevin, Country Cork, Ireland.
In 1959, he began his dental practice first at 110 Broad Street and then at 208 West Harford Street. In the 1970’s, he was co-founder of the Tri-State Dental Association and served on the Milford Water Authority. He retired from dentistry after 45 years in 1997 and subsequently worked part-time at the Pike County Courthouse for judicial services support. He and Eileen were married for 54 years and were communicants at St. Patrick’s Church since they arrived in the area.
Ken Rosenalli, a colleague and long time friend said “In a time when competition is the norm, Joe and Paul Horsman set a tone of camaraderie among the local dentists. Each new dentist was welcomed; they covered each other's emergencies and helped out fellow dentists during times of sickness --a legacy of Joe and Paul's example. Joe is a humble man---his patients always came first. For as many continued education courses as he continued to take, you never heard him brag about it. Any continued education outing near Scranton included a slight detour down memory lane through Olyphant. In the weekly grind of doctor and hospital visits, it was rare to see Joe 'out of sorts'. We admire the grace with which he handled such a difficult situation. We never heard Joe have an unkind word about anyone. Although he never bragged; in conversation you could tell Joe was extremely proud of his entire family. Joe truly lived a Christian life”.
Sandy Beecher, also a long-time friend and neighbor, noted when he and his family arrived in town 1963, “Doc” as many of Joseph’s patients knew him, was already very respected person in the community and after just a couple of years being here. He was a consummate professional and he never turned anyone away day or night. “He had an open heart for people, and I know he did free dental work for people who couldn’t afford it. He probably saved many people’s lives with serious heart problems with dental exams and other serious illnesses by referring them to the appropriate medical specialists after a dental exam. He was very straightforward and didn’t have a phony bone in his body. His core values were decency, compassion, understanding and perseverance”.
In addition to his wife, Joseph is survived by his four children; Mary Harrington, Ann Maria Laurenza, John Harrington and Lisa Jackson and their spouses: Brian Wilder, Paul Laurenza, Naomi Harrington and Thad Jackson. He was the grandfather of Kieran and Ailey Wilder, Ryan and Jason Laurenza and Emily and Eli Jackson. He was the brother of Eleanor Loughney of Binghamton, NY and the late Margaret Dougherty and Mary Elizabeth Tinsley and a loving uncle to a large extended family both here and in Ireland.
A wake will be held at the Stroyan Funeral Home 405 W. Harford St. Milford, PA on Monday February 13, 2012 from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm (map/directions) and a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Church 111 E. High St. Milford, PA (map/directions) at 10:00 AM Tuesday February 14, 2012. Burial will be in Milford Cemetery (map/directions)
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Patrick's Church 111 E. High St Milford, PA 18337 or the Milford Ecumenical Food Pantry, where Joseph and Eileen volunteered.
Wake - Stroyan Funeral Home, Milford - 2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial - St. Patrick's Church, Milford - 10:00 a.m.
Burial - Milford Cemetery, Dingman Township