Earl Edmund Arrington peacefully deceased from this life on the morning of September 9, 2015 at his home in Sag Harbor, after a valiant 15-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Mr. Arrington will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He leaves to treasure his memories, his loving wife, Virginia, his daughter, Angelique and her husband, Milton Johnson; daughter Michelle and her husband, Colin Walter, and granddaughter, Marissa Walter; sister-in-law Elaine Williams, a host of nieces, grand-nieces and nephews; cousins, and many, many friends of all ages and all walks of life.
Mr. Arrington was born on May 25, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York to Gladys Jackson Arrington and Reginald Arrington, Sr., life long residents of Canarsie, New York, and was the youngest of two sons. He served in the United States Army in the Korean War from 1953 – 1955 and was honorably discharged. In 1960, he married Virginia Arrington and they were blessed with two children, Angelique and Michelle. Mr. Arrington was a successful real estate broker in Brooklyn and Sag Harbor for more than 55 years.
Always trying to better the community and help the youth, Mr. Arrington served on numerous boards. He cherished his friendships and participated in numerous social organizations such as the Englewood Social Club, the Comus Club and the Guardsmen to name a few.
Mr. Arrington was a gentle man who lived life with enthusiasm, graciousness and compassion for others. During the last weeks and days of his life, he never complained, and his amazing sense of humor continued to be strong even with his limited ability to communicate.
Services will be held at J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home, 179-24 Linden Boulevard, Jamaica, N.Y. on Sunday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to noon. http://www.jfosterphillips.com.
In lieu of flowers, you may honor Earl’s legacy by making donations on his behalf to any of the following organizations. As he often said, “if you can do something, anything, to help somebody, do it”: Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Service, 16 Columbia Street, Sag Harbor, New York 11963 http://sagharborny.gov;
Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York, 186 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201-4326 http://littleflowerny.thankyou4caring.org; The Fresh Air Fund, 633 Third Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10017 http://freshair.org