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TOWNSEND — Thomas Q. Harrington, 62, of Maplewood Drive died unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 at Nashoba Valley Medical Center, Ayer after being stricken ill earlier that day at his home.

Mr. Harrington was born in Bennington, Vt., Dec. 7, 1947, a son of Virginia (Long) Harrington and the late Quincy Harrington. He spent his early years in Bennington before moving to Leominster as a teen.

He was a 1965 graduate of Leominster Trade High School.

For 25 years he worked as a manufacturing engineer in the Westminster facility of Digital Equipment Company, retiring in 1993.

He was an active member of the Townsend Lions Club. He enjoyed studying the events of the Civil War as well as collecting Civil War artifacts and books of all types and subjects.

Besides his mother of Leominster, he is survived by his wife of 34 years, Laura C. (LaFleur) Harrington; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Shawn P. and Susan Harrington of Leominster, Scott J. LaCroix of Amherst, N.H., Jason T. Harrington of Leominster; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer J. and Alvin Rivera of Lunenburg; a sister, Nancy Plumb of Leominster; and six grandchildren, Alisha Harrington, Anthony Bergeron, Ashley Bergeron, Amber Rivera, Jacob LaCroix and Andrew Harrington.

He was the husband of the late Carol (Yapchian) Harrington of Leominster who died in 1973 and the brother of the late John Harrington of Vermont who died many years ago.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main St. (Route 119) Townsend Center. Please see for additional information. Burial will be in St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Fitchburg.

Calling hours are 5-8 p.m. Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mass Lions Eye Research, C/O PDG William T. Murphy, PO Box 6050, New Bedford MA 02742-6050.

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