Ilow R. Harrington, 83, owner of Ocean City hotel

March 24, 2006

Ilow R. Harrington, a former owner of the old Monticello Hotel in Ocean City and several other resort businesses, died from complications of Alzheimer's disease March 17 at Heartlands of Easton. The longtime Cambridge resident was 83.

Born and raised in Indiana, the former Ilow Ruth Wilson was employed as a secretary at the General Electric Co. plant in Fort Wayne before her marriage to William W. Harrington in 1952.

The couple were co-owners and operators with Mr. Harrington's brothers of the Monticello Hotel at Third Street and Baltimore Avenue, and its Dinner Bell Restaurant, in Ocean City.

Their partnership, which began in the 1950s and included the Harrington Apartments and Harrington Arms, also in the Eastern Shore resort city, continued until all the properties were sold in 1986.

Mrs. Harrington and her husband also owned and operated the Madison Seafood Co., a Dorchester County oyster-packing house, from 1963 until Mr. Harrington's death in 1991. While not currently operating, the business is still owned by the couple's children.

A resident of Cambridge since 1962, Mrs. Harrington was a member of Zion United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, William W. Harrington II of Ocean City; a daughter, Janet H. Gambarani of Annapolis; and two grandchildren.

Services were Monday.

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