Mona Harrington

February 25, 1936 ~ October 19, 2019 (age 83)


Mona Harrington of Cambridge, October 19, 2019 after a long illness. Wife of the late Paul Gagnon. Mother of Ben Gagnon of Cambridge, Thomas Gagnon of Jamaica Plain, Eliza Gagnon and her partner Mark Morelli of Chelsea. Sister of Susan Smith and her husband Dana Smith of Goshen, MA. Aunt of Johannah Roberts, Evan Smith, Jamie Smith, Molly Smith, Heidi Hatke and the late Elisha Fisk.

Born in Lowell and raised in Graniteville, MA, Mona graduated first in her class from UMass Amherst and went on to earn both a law degree and doctorate from Harvard University. As a lawyer, professor, and writer she was an inspiration to colleagues, friends, family, students and readers. In 2008 she was honored by the Mass Women’s Political Caucus as a leader and role model committed to the political, economic and social advancement of women. An avid Red Sox fan and lifelong news junkie, she enjoyed baseball, newspapers, black coffee and visits from family and friends (and dogs) until the end of her life.

Visiting hours Sunday 3-6pm in the Brown & Hickey Funeral Home, 36 Trapelo Rd, Belmont, MA. Graveside service on Monday at 11am at  Saint Catherine of Alexandria Cemetery, Westford, MA. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Mona’s memory to Rosie’s Place, Elizabeth Stone House, or RAICES.


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October 27, 2019

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Brown & Hickey Funeral Home
36 Trapelo Rd.
Belmont, MA 02478

Graveside Service
October 28, 2019

11:00 AM
St. Catherine of Alexandria Cemetery
20 Pine Ridge Rd.
Westford, MA 01886

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