William Harrington Shore businessman


William W. Harrington, who owned an oyster-packing company and was a partner in hotels and a restaurant in Ocean City, died Monday of heart disease at Dorchester General Hospital.

Services for Mr. Harrington, who was 68 and lived in Cambridge, were held yesterday at Zion United Methodist Church in Cambridge.

He had owned the Madison Seafood Co. in Madison since 1962. About 18 months ago, he retired as a partner in the last of several Ocean City businesses he and his brothers had owned -- the Dinner Bell Restaurant, the Harrington Arms, the Harrington Apartments and the Monticello Hotel.

From 1946 until 1962, Mr. Harrington maintained a home in Fort Wayne, Ind., where he and a brother operated a home-improvement and construction business.

Born and educated in Nanticoke, he worked in a family oyster-packing business until he entered the Army during World War II, seeing action in the Normandy landings and at the Battle of the Bulge.

Mr. Harrington is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Ilow Wilson; a daughter, Janet Gambarani of Annapolis; a son, William W. Harrington II of Ocean City; a brother, Gordon P. Harrington of Ocean City; and two grandchildren.

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