Homer Harrington Obituary

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Homer F. Harrington

December 29, 1916 - February 8, 2014
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Homer Fredrick Harrington (Fred) of Cocoa Beach passed away in peace holding the hand of his oldest daughter Saturday morning, February 8, 2014 at the age of 97. Fred is survived by 6 children, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He led a remarkable life throughout the 20th century. He came into this world in 1916, in Seattle at the start of WWI. As a boy in the Twenties, during prohibition, he would ride in the back of this father's pick-up truck as a decoy to help his father smuggle alcohol into Seattle from British Columbia. In the Thirties, as a teenager he attended Washington State University and worked as a sailor on...
Homer Fredrick Harrington (Fred) of Cocoa Beach passed away in peace holding the hand of his oldest daughter Saturday morning, February 8, 2014 at the age of 97. Fred is survived by 6 children, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

He led a remarkable life throughout the 20th century. He came into this world in 1916, in Seattle at the start of WWI. As a boy in the Twenties, during prohibition, he would ride in the back of this father's pick-up truck as a decoy to help his father smuggle alcohol into Seattle from British Columbia. In the Thirties, as a teenager he attended Washington State University and worked as a sailor on ocean-going tug boats towing goods between Seattle and Alaska. He was the first-mate on the Foss sailing yacht that surveyed the wild NW between Seattle and Alaska identifying site locations for the first ship-to-shore communication towers. In WWII he became a fighter pilot seeing action in New Guinea. He was wounded in action and spent years in San Francisco recovering from burns. There he married the love of his life, Helen. Fred was married to Helen until her death 60 years later. After WWII, Fred stayed in the service and flew fighter protection for the cargo planes delivering food to starving Germans besieged in Berlin, known as the Berlin Air Lift. In the Fifties, Fred served in Taiwan as the US military's liaison representative to the Nationalist Chinese military fighting the Communist Chinese. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, Fred flew intercontinental strategic bombers ready to defend the US against the USSR. During the Vietnam War, he commanded the Air Force unit that controlled all air traffic in and out of Vietnam and South East Asia. Fred retired from the Air Force in 1970 achieving the rank of Colonel and moved to Cocoa Beach in 1972. Fred taught high school mathematics in the Brevard School System in the mid seventies. Fred and Helen moved to Stone Wood condominium in 1981 and he immediately became involved in the operation of the condominium, serving on the condo board in every capacity. Fred passed his final decades serving the Stone Wood Condominium and playing golf. Fred loved golf, playing his first round in his 16th year and his last in his 95th year.

Fred often said he felt that his greatest achievement in life and his greatest source of pride was his family. He will be missed by many.

Visitation will be at The Life Event Center at Florida Memorial on Friday, February 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
A funeral mass will be held at Church of Our Saviour, Cocoa Beach, Saturday February 15th at 10:30 am.
There will be a reception at Stone Wood Condominium following the church services, Saturday, February 15th from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.

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