James Bishop Harrington

Born: Fri., Jul. 31, 1925
Died: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019


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James Bishop Harrington
July 31, 1925- January 5, 2019

James passed away peacefully at the Deep River and District Hospital. Beloved husband of Kathleen Hefler of Deep River and by 1st marriage the late Helen Harrington (nee: Hanley). Loving father of Douglas, Sylvia O’Connor (Dennis), Jennifer Shroeger (Bill), Richard, and Laura Harrington (Gino Campana). Cherished grandfather of Jessica, Meg, Liz, Aurora, Cailin, Tara, Lauren, Carolyn, Ada, and Rocco, and 13 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his sister, the late Natalie Edwards. Respecting Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be conducted at a later date. In memoriam, donations to the Deep River and District Hospital Foundation would be gratefully appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Valley Funeral Home, Deep River.
James was born on July 31, 1925 in Saskatoon, SK to James and Elizabeth (Sawyer). As a young man, he helped build battleships during the WWII and went on to attend the University of Saskatchewan. He married and began a family soon after completing his degree. They eventually moved to Ann Arbor, where Jim earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, writing his thesis on the “Diffusion of Rag Weed Pollen in Urban Areas.” In the midst of his doctoral work, he was able to find time to organize family trips to the Bahamas, Mexico, and national parks throughout the United States southwest. He went on to teach at Michigan State University, the University of Missouri, and Cleveland State University before landing at the Petawawa National Forestry Institute as a research scientist.
Jim was the proverbial ‘Jack of All Trades’ and had a number of notable achievements. His lifelong love of nature and forestry put him at the forefront in understanding the nature and impact of climate change. In his 60’s, his scientific curiosity led to the investigation of the effect of global warming on wind patterns and the dispersion of particles over North America. His 1987 article included a massive review of the 100’s of climate change research papers available at that time.  
At 72, his adventurous spirit led to a 300-mile canoe trip down the Coppermine River to the Arctic Ocean. In his 80th year, Jim’s love of poetry and recitation led to the memorization and mastery of the 140-line Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Later, during his 80’s, his competitive spirit led to the attainment of the Gold Grand Master level in bridge.
Locally, Jim was known for his sometimes provocative letters to the editors of local papers, his participation at the golf, curling and duplicate bridge clubs, and his service as the Treasurer and Commodore of the Deep River Yacht Club. His love of art led to the active support of local and Valley artists and craftspeople. He flourished in his home in the woods where he and Kathleen could readily hike and enjoy the birds and animals of the forest.  In summing up his long life, he said, “What is most important in life is family, because you get so many kinds of love.” Jim’s boundless energy, talent, and enthusiasm for life will be sorely missed.                                
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Ben Amor and to the compassionate, loving nurses and staff at the Deep River and Distict Hospital.

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Joella Chamberland (Moncion)
   Posted Mon January 07, 2019
Dear Kathleen and family,

I offer you my sincere condolences. I remember Jim fondly from our time at PNFI. May he rest in peace, and may you find the confort and strength you need at this sad time.


Dave & Delores Lemkay
   Posted Mon January 07, 2019
Please accept our condolences on Jim's passing. He was a fine gentleman and for the years I knew him at the Petawawa National Forestry Institute, he was a thoughtful, professional colleague. Somewhere in the annals of our PNFI files there is a wonderful picture that was taken on Jim's retirement. (I wish I could find it at this time). It portrays him with a kind smile, a demeanor so many of us will remember him by.

Rev. Andy and Laurene McKee
   Posted Mon January 07, 2019
Dear Kathleen: Your family and our community have lost a kind and loving man, full of wisdom and gentleness. Also not to be forgotten was his great skill at bridge. Andy truly enjoyed his bridge time and friendship with Jim, and the stories they shared. We pray that you can find peace and hope during this difficult time, and that find joy in the memories of the wonderful life you had together. God bless.

Sandi McDonald
   Posted Mon January 07, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the family.

Cathy and Clive Wood
   Posted Mon January 07, 2019
Dear Kathleen,
We were very sorry to hear of Jim's death. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. He was a 'Renaissance Man', interested in everything, often challenging, sometimes provocative and never, ever boring. I remember, so many years ago now, when my Mum and Dad were visiting and you used to invite us over. Such genial hospitality was lavished on us all and my Mum in particular relished your company in your 'lovely Canadian treehouse.' We know that you will miss him so much and Deep River will be much the poorer without him. Our thoughts are with you today and will be for the next months to come.

Gordon and Laura Murray
   Posted Mon January 07, 2019
Kathleen and all members of the Jim Harrington family - please accept our heartfelt condolences. Jim has certainly left us with many happy memories- whether at social get-togethers in different homes, or in the car pool on the way to and from work, and even at work. Jim left us with memories of his sense of humour which often "lightened the load" of issues under discussion-even around the table at a United nations meeting in Washington,D.C. many years ago.

Ethel Lee
   Posted Mon January 07, 2019
Dear Kathleen & Family,
We will miss our dear neighbour, Jimmy. He lived a full and memorable life. We appreciated his friendliness and quick wit. Our sincere condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.
Ethel, Cindy and Dave Lee

Jin Jizhong
   Posted Mon January 07, 2019
Dear Kathleen

For the unfortunate passing of Jim Harrington, Yang and I expressed our most sincere condolences.

As a visiting scholar sent by China, I studied and worked at PNFI in 1986-1988. I met Jim Harrington and became a good friend, more like a good brother. In 1989, we immigrated to Canada, and we are very grateful to Jim for giving a lot of support and assistance.

In this difficult time, Yang and I hope that you will mourn and live healthy.

May Jim Harrington calmly rest in heaven.

Yours Jin Jizhong and Yang Yunqian.

Alison Hall
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
My sincere sympathy Kathleen.
Just a few weeks ago I was going through old photos and found one of you and Jim tearing up the dance floor at our wedding.
I will always cherish his passionate recitation of "A Man's a Man for a' That" at my dad's memorial. So sorry for the loss of your dear husband.
Love, Alison

Richard Harrington
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
Dear Kathleen
My deepest sympathies go out to you for the loss of your James,my father.
I remember you and he together first when my daughter was one, fourty years ago. You shared a life and I was welcome in your home almost every year for a visit. Recently my Dad said to me, "I must have done something right in my life; I have Kathleen. Keep well and enjoy life, with love

Carolyn Pensom
   Posted Mon January 14, 2019
My deepest sympathies to you, Kathleen and your family. I had the privilege of being in a carpool with Jim during most of my time at P.N.F.I. Those were fun drives and I learned a lot about the clouds and weather generally.
Carolyn Pensom

Michelle
   Posted Thu January 17, 2019
What a beautiful tribute! My heartfelt condolences to the Harrington family. May our Creator's loving kindness comfort and help your family through this difficult time. (Psalm 119:50, 76)
With deepest sympathy,
Michelle

Tara O'Connor
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
Kathleen - I’m thinking of you with love and support through this time of great loss. You and Grandad played such a big and important role in my life. I will miss, love and remember him always. Thank you for being a part of our lives and thank you Grandad for being you :)

Carolyn O'Connor
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Dearest Grandma Kathleen,

There was no greater joy than visiting you and Grandad in Deep River. Whether in winter with deep snowy walks in the woods and warm, crackling fires. Or in summer with glorious swims in the river and malted shakes. Always accompanied by lots of laughter and love.

I will always hold these memories close to my heart. Sending lots of love and hugs!

Cailin O'Connor
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Dear Grandma Kathleen,

All my love to you. Thank you for years of visits, fun, and love with you and Grandad. XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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