George E. Farrington, age 87, of Petrie Road, passed away peacefully on Monday afternoon, Oct. 7, 2013, in his home, after an extended illness. He had the support and comfort of his loving family at his side.
He was born on March 6, 1926, in Middleville, son of the late Harvey and Myra Morey Farrington. George was raised in Middleville and was a graduate of West Canada Valley High School. After high school, he answered the call of his country, enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He proudly served in Asia, the Pacific, Iwo Jima and the Battle of Eniwetok. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 25, 1946, attaining the rank of corporal.
On June 14, 1947, he was united in marriage with the former Ruth Marion Harper in the Mohawk Reformed Church. For 35 years, Mr. Farrington was employed by the Sperry-UNIVAC in Ilion. After his retirement, he worked for the Ilion schools as a custodian and later for Birnie Bus Company; he completely retired in 1981.
George had a strong faith in God and was a member of the Herkimer Reformed Church, where he served as an elder and deacon. At one time, he was a member of Herkimer Lodge No. 423 Free and Accepted Masons.
To all who knew him, he was an honest, down to earth and caring man. Any conversation with him was straight forward and to the point, yet you always felt a warmth and friendship whenever you were with him. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and family, especially his cherished grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Ruth; a daughter, Linda and her husband, Albert Lincourt, of Ilion; one brother, Warren and his wife, Peggy Farrington, of Pinellas, Fla.; three sisters, Elma Irving and Reba Irving, both of Newport, and Peggy Gress, of Cheektowaga; a son-in-law, William Hildreth; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Hildreth, and a brother, Lester Farrington.
Calling hours for Mr. Farrington will be on Thursday from 4 until 7 p.m. in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court St,, Herkimer. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. in the funeral home with the Reverend Mark Andersen, pastor of the Herkimer Reformed Church, officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the U.S. Marine Corps will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to Hospice and Palliative Care or the Herkimer Reformed Church Memorial Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.