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1945 James 2023

James Vincent Harrington

January 8, 1945 — January 13, 2023



James (Jim) Vincent Harrington
January 8, 1945 - January 13, 2023

Jim was born Jan. 8, 1945 in Flushing, New York to Roger C. and Josephine V. Harrington (nee Houlne). He followed his big brother, Roger E. Harrington, to Saint Michael’s College, where he developed life-long friendships, as well as into the Air Force after graduation.

Jim became a Captain in the Air Force and traveled the world during his service. He was stationed in South Dakota, Thailand, Germany, and Spain.  It was at his final post in Spain that he met the love of his life, Irene E. Harrington (nee Tropea), despite both being from New York. 

Jim and Irene married in New York City on December 30, 1972 and then moved to California to be close to family and start one of their own.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Engineering and enjoyed a long career in Inside Sales in the HVAC Industry.  His career brought the family to Clackamas, OR in 1996 where Jim and Irene have lived since. 

Upon retirement, Jim was able to indulge in his true passion, golf; was an active parishioner, attending daily services, at Christ the King Catholic Church; and spending time with family. 

Jim passed away with his family by his side on Jan. 13, 2023 after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Roger C. Harrington; his mother, Josephine Harrington; brother, Roger E. Harrington; and sister-in-law Patti Harrington. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Irene; two children, Brian (Michelle) and Karin (Patrick); sibling, Jeanne (Jim) Walsh; brother-in-law, Andres Tropea; and his niblings that he so loved: Jimmy (Christine), Kelly (Paul), Michael (Traci), Alison (Jeremy), Jamie, Danielle, and Justin (Lily).

A Catholic Mass will be held at 11:00a.m. PT, Feb. 1, 2023, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Milwaukie, OR; immediately followed by a Celebration of Life in the Parish Hall. For those who are unable to attend in person, the mass will be live streamed at  In memory of Jim, please consider donating to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (, or the American Diabetes Association (


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