Emerald Isle-Richard Allan Farrington, Sr., passed away at the Crystal Coast Hospice House, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Richard was born on December 18, 1935 to the late William Unsworth Farrington and Gertrude Souther Farrington.
Richard attended North Kingstown High School, in North Kingstown Rhode Island where he was a standout football player for the Skippers. Even with a potential football scholarship on the line, Richard, and many of his classmates, felt called to enlist in the United States Marine Corps in 1954. While faithfully serving his country during the Vietnam War, Richard was promoted to Captain. Richard also served as crew chief for HMX-1, the marine helicopter squadron responsible for transportation of the President of the United States of America, where he served President Lyndon B. Johnson. After his retirement from the USMC, he began a career with the NC Department of Transportation while attending Carteret Tech for accounting. However, Richard ultimately chose his true love and eventually became a commercial fisherman.
Richard, lovingly known as “Pops,” was a devoted father, son, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He spent six years in St. Petersburg, Florida as caregiver for his mother, Gertrude, and aunt, Marion Powell, until their final days. Richard was a humble, hardworking, and kind soul who loved his family more than anything. He also loved fishing, hunting, and walks on the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier.
He is survived by daughter Sally McLohon (Greg) of Wilmington; sons, Richard Allan Farrington, Jr., William “Billy” Farrington (Terri), and James “Jimmy” Farrington (Kristi) all of Emerald Isle; twelve grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Jean Farrington; granddaughter, Holly Farrington Betts and a brother James E. Farrington.
A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Emerald Isle Baptist Church with the Rev. Freddie Braswell officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House, 100 Big Rock Weigh, Newport, NC, 28570.