John "Skip" Harrington, Jr. Esq.


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John "Skip" Harrington, Jr. Esq.
September 11,1943
April 4,2021




Winterport-John “Skip” Evans Harrington Jr. Esq., 77, from Winterport, Maine died April 4, 2021 surrounded throughout the week and last hours by family who loved him dearly.  He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 11, 1943 to John Evans Sr. and Barbara N. Harrington. In his toddler years he and his parents relocated to Winterport, Maine where he lived the rest of his childhood and much of his later adult life.  John graduated from Hampden Academy, and then Colby College in 1966.  He went on to attend the University of Maine Law School and passed the Maine State bar in 1969. John and his then wife Lydia Clark lived in southern Maine and had two children Elizabeth Harrington Cotsifas and John E. Harrington III, whom he said were “the light of his life.”

John had a very long and accomplished career in law, first as a lawyer for a small firm in southern Maine and later with his own practice in the Bangor area. He served many people in his community and many times took cases from people who could not afford his services for pro bono court appointed work or just helping someone who needed representation.  John also served as the President of the Winterport Historical Association for 10 years and as Board Chair for many years at OHI in Bangor, which was near and dear to his heart as they provided services to his sister Barbie.

Throughout his life his greatest love, in addition to his children and then grandchildren, was the ocean and sailing upon it. He spent many days sailing and boating in and around Penobscot Bay. John loved sports of all kinds, was an avid reader and a horseback rider. He was a skier and for many years called Sugarloaf and Carrabassett Valley his home.   John was a long-time proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous and through his example and experience helped many friends and others to recover and lead healthier lives.  He volunteered for the Maine Lawyers Assistance Program and participated in the International Lawyers in AA organization.

John is survived by his long-time caring partner Judy Cuddy, his two children, Elizabeth and her husband Ben Cotsifas, and John and his wife Clare Harrington, and four beloved granddaughters, Emma and Sophie Harrington and Caroline and Julia Cotsifas. His sister Pamela Tomkinson and her husband Donald, and four dear nephews Thomas McAdams, Daniel Jackson, Zachary and Jacob Tomkinson.  He also was beloved by many cousins and extended family, and several lifelong dedicated friends.  He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters, Jayne H. Rogers and Barbie W. Harrington. A private service will be held in the summer to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers please donate to OHI https://www.ohimaine.org/donate/  (OHI provides opportunities for people with disabilities to live and work in their communities.)



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