David Harrington – obituary (1936 – 2010)

11.37 | 12 March 2010 |

David Harrington, former road safety officer for the London Borough of Redbridge, sadly passed away on 28 February.

David started his career in road safety at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham under the guidance of Dorothy Pummel in 1967. He worked there with a young assistant, David Williams, now chief executive of GEM.

After a short spell at The City of London, David became RSO for the London Borough of Redbridge in the early 1970s, finally retiring in 1997. He was known throughout the country for his work with the National Films Committee, and was awarded Freedom of the City in 1996.

In retirement he still kept very busy with his eight grandchildren, his property in France, amateur dramatics, family history and voluntary work, which included working with the disabled and teaching basic skills of numeracy and English to adults.

David was a very kind man with a good sense of humour. Since his death many people have contacted Jane Arthur, road safety group manager at Redbridge, to say how he had helped them and that he was a true gentleman who will be sadly missed. His wife Gwen says the cards and tributes to him have been overwhelming.

The funeral is at Colchester Crematorium at 2pm on 16 March. Flowers from the family only please, but donations can be made to the Leukaemia Research Fund, c/o Cooperative Funeral Services, 44 Kingsland Road, West Mersea, Colchester, CO5 8RA.

Footnote: thanks to Jane Arthur for providing this obituary.


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