Obituary: Linphord Aaron Darlington II
Linphord Aaron Darlington II, a college mathematics professor, Prudential Insurance Co. manager and longtime Montclair resident, died on Aug. 11, 2021. He was 80.
Mr. Darlington was born in 1941 in Arima, Trinidad and Tobago, the eldest of five children of Aaron and Desirée Darlington, who predeceased him.
In Tobago, he attended the elementary school where his father was principal. He then went to Elizabeth College; upon graduation, he moved to Trinidad to complete his A-level examinations. He entered Howard University in Washington, D.C., and earned a bachelor’s in mathematics, with a minor in physics. Later, he went on to earn two master’s degrees, one in public administration from New York University and the other in mathematics from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Mr. Darlington was recruited from Howard University to be a statistician at University Hospital in Newark. After a short stay there, he moved to Prudential Insurance Co. in Newark as a community relations manager. While at Prudential, he was particularly proud of one of his accomplishments, “School Within a School.” That project went on to become Science High School in the Newark public school system.
He soon became a mathematics professor at Essex County College, which allowed him to pursue his true passion. All during his employment at Prudential, he also worked as an adjunct professor in mathematics at Rutgers Newark.
Mr. Darlington met his wife, Sybil, while working at Rutgers University; she was teaching mathematics in the Academic Foundations Department. Their mutual interest in teaching math led them to explore other areas they had in common. They found that their West Indian backgrounds brought them closer together (her forebears are from St. Kitts), in particular their love of calypso music.
After many years of sharing their lives and responsibilities, they married and had two children, Linphord III and Lateef.
Mr. Darlington was a hard worker with an entrepreneurial spirit. He opened two print shops in Newark while maintaining his day job. He would often toil through the night to meet printing deadlines and then go straight to work in the morning without sleep. He also managed several rental properties that he owned in Newark.
Affectionately known by his close friends as “Tapo,” Mr. Darlington was known for his boisterous laugh, colorful sense of humor and thought-provoking conversations. He loved working on exotic cars, attending African Echoes Friday Night Book Club and joking with his friends. Most of all he loved listening to (and singing) calypso music.
He was an associate member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Montclair.
He is survived by his wife, Sybil; sons, Linphord III ( Deanna), of Washington, D.C., and Lateef, of Allentown, Pennsylvania; stepson, Kalí Smith ( Nancy), of Riverside, California; grandson Lateef Jr; sister, Ruth, of Newark; two nephews, Theodore Jr. ( Kimya) and Khary; aunt, Julia O’Brien, of Dominica; sisters-in-law, Barbara and Jennifer ( David); longtime friends, Herbert George and Bruce Hamlette, and a host of other family members and friends.
Mr. Darlington was predeceased by his brother, Theodore, and two sisters, Clemence and Clarita.
Services were Tuesday, Aug. 17, at Martin’s Home for Service.