Frances Teresa Harrington


HARRINGTON, Frances Teresa….

October 27, 1927 - February 26, 2021

Frances Teresa Harrington of London, formerly of Woodstock, at Victoria Hospital, London, aged 93.

Devoted and loving mother of the late Donald Wayne Harrington (2008) and mother-in-law to Brenda Harrington, of London. Dedicated grandmother to Holly Harrington and Adam Harrington (Bridget) and great-grandmother to Georgia, Fiona, Malia and Asher. Beloved sister of Dorothy McGregor (Fred), Larry Toohey, Tim Toohey (Sandy), Virginia Kennedy, Jim McGregor and Bonnie Shand and sister-in-law of Kathy Wilford. Predeceased by her siblings Chuck Toohey, Mary Smith, Jim Toohey, Marg Hodgins, Jack Toohey and Marlene McLellan. Special aunt to Marty McGregor (Ruth) of London, Joni Grant (Dave) of Woodstock, Rob McGregor (Pat) of Victoria, BC, and to many nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews in London and Woodstock. Dear friend of over 70 years to Winnie Akersviller.

Fran was a warm and good-natured woman, always generous with her time and energy. She loved a long walk, a long chat and a long laugh. A wonderful sister, mother, grandmother, and aunt, Fran could always be counted on for unwavering support and understanding. A child of the Great Depression, she was a hard-working and fiercely independent person who was resilient and pragmatic.

Most of all, Frannie loved her family deeply, thoroughly, and unreservedly. The death of her only child, Don, in 2008, was an immeasurable loss that she carried with her for the rest of her life. She remained close to Brenda after Don's death and they enjoyed a relationship full of affection and friendship. Fran absolutely adored her grandchildren, Holly and Adam, and was unfailingly proud of them both. Her sister Dorothy and she had an especially deep and loving bond, which was enormously important to Fran throughout her life. She was delighted by all the children in her life and was a tireless babysitter and companion and ally. As a sister, aunt, great-aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a friend, Fran was endlessly available, loyal, and dependable. She will be deeply missed.

Cremation has already taken place, and a private interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Woodstock. At Fran's request, there will be no funeral. A gathering to celebrate Fran's life will take place when it is safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fran's memory may be made to Diabete's Canada, 1300-522 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 2R5. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at