James Arthur Dorrington, "Art" 87, fell asleep Friday, December 29, 2017, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
A true champion who had a major impact on Atlantic City, Art Dorrington's name is synonymous with the Atlantic City resort area. He moved to the city in 1950 to play professional ice hockey for the Eastern Hockey League's Atlantic City Sea Gulls.
Mr. Dorrington is well known for being the first professional black hockey player when he signed a contract with the New York Rangers organization.
After retiring from hockey, Dorrington joined the Atlantic County Sheriff's Department.
In 2012, Boardwalk Hall's ice hockey rink was named after him.
Mr. Dorrington was also the softball commissioner in Atlantic City for 32 years and an umpire for 34 years. He created the Art Dorrington Ice Hockey Foundation with his wife, Dorothie, in 1998 to teach life skills through hockey. The program was supported by the National Hockey League's "Hockey is for Everyone" initiative in the early 1990s.
Art was a member of the Church of God And Saints of Christ Fifth Tabernacle Beth-El, Atlantic City, NJ.
He was a founding member of 101 Women Plus, Inc.
In 2015, Mayor Don Guardian officially proclaimed March 15th as Art Dorrington Day.
Mr. Dorrington was a "trailblazer" whose memory will be kept alive in Atlantic City for future generations.
He is survived by: daughter, Judah Dorrington (LaVerne Saunders), of Atlantic City.
Visitation will be 5PM to 7 PM, Thursday, January 4, 2018, Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., 301 Absecon Boulevard, Atlantic City, NJ.
Services to celebrate his life will be 11AM, Friday, January 5, 2018, Second Baptist Church, 110 Rev. Dr. I. S. Cole Plaza, Atlantic City, NJ, where friends may call from 10AM. Interment to follow at Atlantic City Cemetery, Pleasantville, NJ.
Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com