Nov. 28, 1934 Fayetteville Cumberland County North Carolina, USA
Apr. 2, 1994 Charlotte Mecklenburg County North Carolina, USA
Ron was a family man, a member of Sunset Road Baptist Church, Charlotte Masonic Lodge, served four years in the US Army, 82nd Airborne, Ft. Bragg, NC. Received diploma's from Burton Institute, Institute of Applied Science; New York Institute of Photography. Employed eight years Charlotte Police Dept.. At the time of his death, Operations Manager at WBTV3 (news room), Charlotte, NC.
The following was transcribed from video from WBTV3 6:00 p.m. news, April 5, 1994:
Ron was the driving force at WBTV for over 25 years. You did not know his name, but he helped bring the news into your homes every night with quality, the only way he knew how to do it.....Rita Cosby, WBTV3 Newscaster.
We said goodbye to a member of our WBTV news family today. Ron Harrington was 59 years when he passed away over the weekend after a battle with cancer. He went peacefully and at peace, and that's all of any of us that were his friends, and colleagues, and admirers could ask. Ron had the title of Operations Manager in our newsroom., but that's a woefully inadequate way to describe who he was and what he meant to us. Much of what you see in our newscast everyday, he made possible. Ron was the wizard behind the scenes who made the technical part of our business work, and kept making it better. He knew more about satellites, and computers, and cameras in the like than anybody else, and he had a marvelously inventive mind. Charley Fredrick was reminding me today that Ron was the first person to put a camera in a race car. In 1983, he drove a Winnebago to Albuquerque, New Mexico and beamed back coverage of the Final Four to Charlotte by satellite, that was another first. Ron was a pioneer and an innovator. The single most indispensable person in our newsroom, but more than that he was a father figure to generations of young men and women who came to and through WBTV news. A demanding boss with a big heart and absolute devotion to the people he worked with. He leaves two fine sons, a legend of friends, and a legacy that will not be matched. Bob Inman, WBTV Newscaster