printed 03/15/2019


Robert “Bobby” or “Bear” F. Harrington, age 73, of Dagsboro, Delaware, formerly of Key West, Florida and Washington, D.C., passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Charlotte Hall, Maryland.

He was born in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 10, 1945, son of the late Robert G. and Margaret Ann (Flynn) Harrington.

“Bear” proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He retired in 1991 as one of the most highly decorated Washington, D.C. firefighters.

“Bobby” was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Moose, American Legion Post #24 and the Emerald Society Firefighters of Washington, D.C. He also enjoyed fishing, riding his Harley Davidson and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his five siblings, Thomas Harrington and his wife, Janice, of Cooksville, Maryland, James Harrington and his wife, Marie, of Roxana, Delaware, Anne Luke and her husband, Michael, of Willards, Maryland, Maureen Cathell and her husband, Wayne, of Berlin, Maryland, and Kathleen Porterfield and her husband, Rick, of Madisonville, Tennessee, and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 35318 Church Rd., Frankford, Delware, where friends and family may call after 10 a.m. Interment will follow with military honors at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Delaware.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in Robert’s name to the Emerald Society Firefighters of Washington D.C., 3002 12th Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20018 or by visiting

Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Sign A Guestbook

Offer a personal message of sympathy...

By sharing a fond memory or writing a kind tribute, you will be providing a comforting keepsake to those in mourning. If you have an existing account with this site, you may log in with that below. Otherwise, you can create an account by clicking on the Log in button below, and then register to create your account.

(0) entries

Sign the guestbook.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.