The Reverend Richard Y. Yerrington

The Reverend Richard Y. Yerrington

1/15/2016

Let us remember the life and ministry of Rev. Richard York Yerrington of Beacon Falls, CT, who died at Bridgeport Hospital on January 15, 2016.
 
Richard (Dick) was born in Hartford, CT on October 30, 1930, the only child of Charles B. and Lillian Y. Yerrington. He was raised in Rocky Hill and graduated from Weathersfield High School. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Following his time in the Reserves, Dick attended and graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where he received a certificate in advertising design. He then attended the University of CT and graduated with a BA in history.
 
Dick then attended Yale Divinity School and graduated with a bachelor of divinity degree. He was ordained by The Methodist Church in 1960. In his 40 years of service in the New York Conference Rev. Yerrington served South Middletown UMC, Unionville UMC, Memorial UMC of Avon, and Golden Hill UMC as senior pastor until 1995. Following his retirement from Golden Hill, he went on to serve as chaplain of the United Methodist Homes of Shelton, interim pastor of the Trumbull Congregational Church and most recently associate pastor of the Newtown UMC. Rev. Yerrington was a past president of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport and was active in many committees of the New York Conference of The United Methodist Church.
 
Dick was also a member of the Saltwater Artists Gallery of Pemaquid Point, ME. 
 
In addition to Penelope, his wife of 50 years, he is survived by his children, Matthew B. (Kimberly) Yerrington of Beacon Falls, Adam H. (Amy D’Amaro) Yerrington of Shelton and Sarah L. (Lee) Porter of MD; grandchildren, Kaylee, Zackary and Madison Yerrington of Beacon Falls, Lily Yerrington of Shelton, and Xavier and Mara Porter of MD. 
 
A memorial service in celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2:00pm at Golden Hill United Methodist Church, 210 Elm St., Bridgeport, CT. The family will greet visitors before the service and a reception will follow. Interment will be private. Contributions may be made to the Memorial Funds of the Avon, Golden Hill and Newtown United Methodist churches. Arrangements are by Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia, CT. Online condolences may be made at www.wakeleememorial.com