via O’Neill Hayes Funeral Home

John T. Harrington, age 72 of Newport, RI passed away peacefully on September 21, 2021, in Newport Hospital surrounded by loved ones.

John was born to John “Specks” and Doris (Holman) Harrington in Newport on May 7, 1949.

He was a graduate of Rogers High School and attended Roger Williams College for engineering studies.

Later in life he became the sole proprietor of The Protective Club following in the path of his father “Specks” and grandfather – Sam Harrington.

John is survived by his only child Samuel B. Harrington and his son’s mother Kim Anderson. He leaves his two siblings, Jacqueline Harrington Mink of Sandown, NH and Francis Harrington of Newport, RI, and three living nieces, Lynne Nickles, Tracey Harrington Becker, and Denise Harrington Mancieri.

Funeral services will be private. A memorial service will be scheduled at a future date.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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