Kneass C. Harrington Sr., 74, filling station owner

May 02, 2004

Kneass C. "Hoss" Harrington Sr., former owner of several Baltimore filling stations who later owned a seafood store and 7-Eleven in Ocean City, died of cancer Wednesday at Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Berlin. The Ocean Pines resident was 74.

Mr. Harrington was born and raised in Catonsville, where he graduated in 1947 from Catonsville High School.

In 1956, he purchased Hobbs Brothers Sinclair Service Station in Edmondson Village. In 1959, he sold the station and purchased North Bend Shell at North Bend Road in Catonsville.

Mr. Harrington moved to Ocean City in 1974 and purchased Griffin's Seafood Market. He sold the filling station and seafood market in 1978, and purchased the 7-Eleven convenience store on 94th Street.

In 1984, the Southland Corp. awarded him the company's first Wingtip Shoe Award for attaining $1 million in sales. He retired in 2002.

He was a member of the Elks in Baltimore and had sponsored Catonsville Little League teams. He had attended Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Catonsville.

"Work and his family were his hobbies," said his wife of 48 years, the former Marianne Lane.

Services were held yesterday at Atlantic United Methodist Church, 4th Street in Ocean City.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, K.C. Harrington Jr. of Bishopville and Michael Paul Harrington of Ocean City; a daughter, Mary Helen Harrington Bane of Berlin; and four grandchildren.

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