Obituary of Kevin Albert Harrington
Albert Kevin Harrington, known to family and friends as "Kevin," "Dada" and "Legend," died February 19, 2023 at age 88 following a series of health setbacks, including melanoma. He was with very close friends through his final days, and was en route to his Toronto home when he passed, which is noteworthy considering his love of travel.
Kevin was one of six children of Frank and Alice (née McKay). His younger brother Tom lives in Edmonton. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings Bryan, Maureen, Joan and Elaine; and his beloved niece Linda (Maureen’s daughter).
His circle of family and friends was ever-growing as he kept in touch with the younger generations of nieces and nephews, and through his social connections with newcomers, language learners and travellers (he was an enthusiastic host for the couchsurfer network).
He grew up in many homes in and near Toronto but his deepest roots were in Scarborough where he taught geography and led the library department at Agincourt Collegiate.
He was keenly interested in flags and heraldry and was for years a leading figure in the field of vexillology. His dedication to Flagscan and international flag organizations was a great source of pride, scholarly fellowship and lifelong friends.
Kevin also had a passion for languages and was acquiring new skills even into his eighties. He was most recently working on Russian and Turkish.
His intellectual pursuits (he was an expert on first-names, birds and history) were augmented by a tremendous sense of humour (he loved word-play) and a thoroughly outgoing personality.
His greatest joy was simply being in the company of others, sharing good times and forging enduring friendships.
Family and friends are invited to a Remembrance Gathering in Toronto on March 18. It will be hosted by Kevin's very dear friends in Toronto and it will be an informal event. Details on time and location will soon be shared by family and friends, and will be posted on Kevin’s Facebook page.
Arrangements entrusted to the M.W. Becker Funeral Home. Sign online condolences at mwbeckerfuneralhome.com