Portsmouth, NH--Frank J. Farrington, 86, of Bangor, ME died peacefully on January
18, 2018 with family at his side.
As a friend noted, "Frank was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Family
was the most important thing in his life, and he always lived by integrity and a
strong work ethic. This was never more evident than his persistence in recovering
from the stroke that befell him in 2016. He was determined to recover as much as
possible and diligently pursued that goal." In the last two years of his life, even
after the stroke, Frank fully embraced retirement life by exercising, reading The
Wall Street Journal every day, completing at least forty books on a wide range of
subjects, and by continuing to expand the large circle of people he knew.
Frank was born in Augusta, ME on August 27, 1931, son of the late Frank A. and
Joan (Sturtevant) Farrington. A 1949 graduate of Cony High School in Augusta, he
lettered in football, basketball, and track. At Bowdoin College where he graduated
summa cum laude in 1953, with Phi Beta Kappa honors, he played football, sang
both in the glee club and the school's acapella group, The Meddiebempsters, and
served a year as the president of Zeta Psi fraternity.
Following Bowdoin, Frank proudly served his country as a second lieutenant in the
United States Marine Corps, stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Okinawa, Japan.
Frank married Dare Paige of Longmeadow, MA in 1961, after the two had met on
the ski slopes at Stowe, VT. He brought her to Maine, eventually landing in Bangor,
where they raised their family of five daughters, including two sets of twins. In
Bangor, Frank was sole proprietor of Farrington Financial Group, which he
established in 1971 and ran full time until the age of 84. Frank started in the
insurance industry at Union Mutual Life Insurance Co., and later worked for Union
Central Life Insurance Co. A past president of the Maine Association of Life
Underwriters, Frank won the J. Putnam Stevens Award in 1981, given annually by
National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers for outstanding service to
the industry. A respected member of the Bangor community for nearly 50 years,
Frank was a past president of the Bangor YMCA Board and the Bangor Rotary Club,
and served on the Bangor City Council, including a term as Chair. He was a
congregant, reader, and past senior warden of St. John's Episcopal Church where
all five daughters were married.
Beyond his devotion to civic duty, he served on the Maine State Board of Education,
was a founding Director of United Bank. He was elected an Overseer of Bowdoin
College in 1984, Emeritus in 1996. Frank spent nearly every summer at his
generational home on Squirrel Island where he also served as Chairman of the
Board of Overseers of the Squirrel Island Village Corporation.
Frank's generosity, loyalty, kindness, and love continue to live in the lives of the
many people he touched, especially his wife, children and grandchildren. Beloved by
all, Frank was affectionately known as "Gumpy" by his eleven grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Dare Paige Farrington, his daughter
Ann Farrington Reis (Channing) of Hampton Falls, NH; Joan Farrington Guild
(Edward) of Cumberland, ME; Katherine Paige Farrington of Beverly, MA; and
Virginia Farrington MacMillan (Sean) of Bangor, ME; a sister, Martha Farrington
Huotari Mayo of Bath, ME; and his grandchildren Franklin, William and Isabel Reis;
Brett Ann and Larsen Bidstrup; Dare, Charles, and Madlen Guild; Gage Neirinckx;
and Ellie MacMillan. He was predeceased by his brother Al Sturtevant Farrington,
his daughter Molly Farrington (Peter T.) Bidstrup, and grandson Collin MacMillan.
A memorial service honoring Frank's life will be held on April 7 at 1pm at St. Luke's
Cathedral, 143 State St, Portland, ME 04101 . In lieu of flowers, please consider a
donation to St. John's Episcopal Church, 225 French St., Bangor, ME; the Bangor
"Y" Foundation, 17 Second St., Bangor, ME. 04401;or the Squirrel Island Chapel,
c/o Treasurer, P.O. Box 177, Newfields, NH. 03856.