James L Herrington

July 15, 1928January 3, 2013

James L. Herrington, 84, of Longboat Key, FL and formerly of Farmington Hills, MI, passed away January 3, 2013. He was a board member of WEDU Tampa Public TV and member of Temple Beth Israel. Jim was actively involved with Ringling College of Art & Design, Asolo Theatre and the Media Roundtable. He was a US Navy Veteran. Jim is preceded in death by his mother, June Herrington; and his stepson, Jeffrey Camiener; and is survived by his lifelong best friend, Carol Camiener; sons, James L. Herrington VI (Maria) and Douglas Herrington (Lori); daughters, Lauren Guzzardo (Robert), Nancy Gross (Paul) and Emily Camiener; daughter-in-law, Thais Herrington; and grandchildren, Jimmy and Alex Herrington, Maris and Lindsey Herrington, Olivia and Nicolas Guzzardo, Jared and Adam Gross, and Miles and Hugh Camiener. Memorial Service will be Sunday, Jan 6, 2013 at 11am at Temple Beth Israel in Longboat Key. A Memorial Service will be held in Michigan at a later date in January. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Jim’s name to Ringling College of Art & Design, William Fyfe Fund at Northwestern University, Racquet Up Detroit or Nature Conservancy.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 6, 2013

James L Herrington

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January 25, 2013

Dear Carol
Joe and I want to extend our terrible sadness on the loss of a very good man and your compagnon. We wish you that you should have wonderful memories and hope that you should know no more sorrow, you had more than your share these past number of years
With sincere regards
Anna and Joe Mendel

Andy Bragg

January 9, 2013

I also met Jim through his involvement with WEDU. He was unfailingly professional and upbeat and a pleasure to be around.

Andi Wilber

January 7, 2013

Jim, Doug and Lauren, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I have the best childhood memories of being with the Herrington's. So many fun times from camping, vacations, Christmas, at the lake, I could go on and on. Your dad was so smart, he knew everything. I regret not visiting Jim and Carol in Florida. I hope your grief is short and your happy memories long. Love, Andi Wilber

January 6, 2013

Carol: I returned home Sunday afternoon after a week away, thus could not attend the service for Jim. I enjoyed visiting with him the few times I saw him and think he was a very fine person and achieved much. I extend my sympathy to you and all the family in your loss. What a difficult number of years this has been for you, seeing both your son and Jim suffer so.
Ruth Engman

Bill Bruff

January 6, 2013

I had the extreme pleasure of working with Jimmy at WXYZ-TV. Jim was a very kind, passionate and professional friend of mine. Jimmy you will be missed.

Roberta Hamilton

January 6, 2013

I was sorry to hear of Jim's death. I met him through our WEDU involvement and was always impressed with his positive professional suggestions, helping WEDU PBS television continue to thrive.
Roberta Hamilton

Shelly Zager-Haffner

January 5, 2013

My condolences to the entire family. I grew-up with Lauren and remember her dad as a incredible television personality. My fondest memory is our school trip to Greenfield Village in Dearborn Michigan, where Jim came to film our day in a one room school house.

Lynn and Herman Berg

January 5, 2013

Dear Carol
Bette called with the sad news. Our thoughts are with you at this time. We loved Jim. It was a treat to know him over the years... in China.. LongBoat Key.. using his recipes and all the travel tips, so enjoyable. Please extend our thoughts and condolences to the entire family. We will be in touch.

January 5, 2013

Dear Carol, our hearts go out to you. We know what a great partner and friend he has been to you. We'll always miss Jim. He was a wonderful, wonderful guy.