Gerald “Jay” Harrington
September 15, 1939 – January 10, 2021
He is survived by his children: Martin, Michael, Maureen, Michaela, Monica Harrington; Mary Beth Stanek, Marcy Thompson; 10 grandchildren.
VISITATION: Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 6-7pm, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, January 14, 2021, 10am, all at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church following CDC guidelines. Interment: St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorials to Creighton Prep, Class of 1957 and Logan Fontenelle Scholarship Fund. To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “view live service” button on the home page.
Gerald “Jay” was born to Gerald and Marjorie Harrington. He attended St. Peter’s grade school where he made good, life-long friends. Since he was an only child, he invested his time and energy with his friends at St. Peter’s and later at Creighton Prep.
His classmates at Creighton Prep became his second family. He never lost touch with them and loved being the organizer of class reunions and lunch gatherings. As most know, time with his classmates was a top priority and meant so much to him.
Jay and Mary Harrington were blessed with seven children. The children continued his legacy of enjoying the gift of gab with friends and family, learning, reading, and dialoging about ideas and current events. He also showed in action the importance of visiting grandparents. His children have many happy memories of piling into the car to spend time with Grandma and Grandpa Harrington.
After his children had grown, he became a proud grandpa to 10 wonderful grandchildren. He always enjoyed attending their sporting events, seeing them receive the sacraments, and watching them graduate. Being around them and observing what they were interested in and their talents was important to him. He always remembered each one with a card and money on their birthday. No matter what, he always wanted the best for them.
Through his ups and downs in life, Jay stayed faithful to attending weekly Mass. He was also a lector and participated on Catholic School Boards during his 20’s and 30’s. His strong Catholic roots helped him to always have ‘hope’ throughout his life.
With his close ties to Creighton Prep, he was able to find his true calling and joy. He volunteered in his 60’s and 70’s as an archivist at Creighton Prep. Nate Driml, the Alumni & Development Operations Director at the time, recognized Dad’s talents, and interest in history, writing and organizing and Dad became the Prep Archivist. A room at Prep is named for his years of volunteer service. His family is so thankful to Nate and Creighton Prep for helping him find the vocation he yearned for in his life.
Dad’s last stop was at Notre Dame Housing. There he experienced the joy of community living. He was amazed and grateful for the network of residents supporting each other–sharing newspapers, food, and company. His friends and the Notre Dame Sisters gave him a true sense of the goodness of others. Most important, he found God’s ‘peace’ there.
His children would like to thank all the friends and family who gave our Dad love, mercy, and support during his life. You all taught us to extend God’s love and compassion to others. Thank you for your goodness.