North Greenbush – Harold M. “Hap” Herrington, 85, a longtime resident of Brunswick, entered eternal life Tuesday, November 7th, 2023, with his loving family by his side at Van Rensselaer Manor Nursing Home, following a long illness.
Born in Troy, December 8th, 1937, Harold is the son of the late George H. and Georgia E. (Harvey) Herrington and, for over 62 years, the devoted husband of Elaine (VanBuren) Herrington of Brunswick, who survives. Hap and Elaine were married in West Sand Lake on August 20th, 1961.
Harold attended the local district school, worked on the family farm, and drove a school bus for the Brittonkill Central School District as a young man. More recently, he was employed for 37 years as a truck driver by the former Valente Sand and Gravel company in Wynantskill. There he was known as “Hap” (short for Happy Herrington) and for driving his favorite truck, #47. He was a 39-year member of the Teamster’s Union #294 and retired in 2002.
Harold loved listening to country music and took pride in having the neatest lawn in town. He enjoyed old tractors, especially his John Deere 60 and Farmall C, driving his inherited Ford Model T, and riding his Honda Goldwing, and snowmobiles with Elaine and his friends. His way of relaxing was in camping for many years with his family and friends. Above all else, Harold will be remembered for his willingness to help friends and neighbors in times of need without ever expecting a dime in return.
In addition to Elaine, Harold is survived by a daughter, Jennifer S. Herrington of Oakland, CA, and son, Brian H. Herrington of Brunswick, a granddaughter, Samantha Herrington of Brunswick, two brothers and a sister-in-law, Kenneth Herrington, and Philip and Cathy Herrington, all of Brunswick, a brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Jim V. VanBuren of Clarksville, Gloria Bulson of Pittstown, and Lois Hamel of Brunswick, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, George R. “Ozzie” Herrington, two sisters-in-law, Iris VanBuren and Roberte “Bobbie” Herrington, and a brother-in law, Wayne Bulson.
Private funeral services at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., located in Raymertown, and burial at Eagle Mills Cemetery in Brunswick will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no public calling.
Memorial contributions, at the request of Harold’s family if desired, may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131, or the Activities Dept. at Van Rensselaer Manor, 85 Bloomingrove Drive, Troy, NY 12180, in memory of Harold H. Herrington. Harold’s family would like to offer their most sincere gratitude to the staff of unit C3 at Van Rensselaer Manor for taking care of Harold and giving him a place to call home for the past five years.