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The Society of Colonial Wars

In The State of New York

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Henry Vane Bearns Darlington, Jr. on 6 April 2024. He had been elected to membership on 26 September 1946 and served as our 47th Governor from 1991 to 1993.
Many Warriors will remember the spectacular toasts Henry used to offer from the balcony of the ballroom of the Colony Club during the Society's Annual Banquets, wearing a Santa Claus hat.
He was born at home in Manhattan where he grew up, also spending time in Palm Beach and Lake Placid. Henry was commissioned in the Navy, attending the V-12 program. Following his service, he graduated from Columbia University. He was a principal in the Wall Street firm Hill Darlington. Later he joined the investment firm Loeb Rhoades.
Henry was married to Elizabeth Richardson until a divorce. They had three children: the late Henry Darlington III, Elizabeth Aldrich Darlington, and Victoria Wilde Darlington, as well as daughter-in-law Curry Meredith Darlington. A second marriage ended in divorce. He was married for 33 years to Carla Paterno, who survives him, with step-daughter Elizabeth Paterno Barratt-Brown.
Henry was a life-long Episcopalian. His grandfather was Bishop James Henry Darlington of Harrisburg, his father was the Rector of the Church of Heavenly Rest in New York City and two of his brothers were Episcopal priests.  Henry was also very active at the American Cathedral in Paris.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Quattlebaum Funeral Home at Hillcrest Memorial Park 6411 Parker Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

THE SOCIETY OF COLONIAL WARS was incorporated in New York State on 7 October 1892. The Society is a historical, educational, and patriotic non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.

Our purposes include perpetuating the memory of the brave and hardy men who assisted in establishing the Colonies of America during the period from the settlement of Jamestown, May 13, 1607, to the battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775.

We have placed many memorials at historical colonial sites and each year participate in patriotic observances. The Society also awards scholarships to high school and college students and presents an annual book award.

There are approximately 500 members in the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New York.

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