Harold W. Gartner

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Harold W. Gartner

AGE: 88 • formerly of Old Bridge

Hal Gartner went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, June 20, 2013. He passed peacefully in his room at the Licking Residential Care in Licking, Missouri. Hal moved from upstate Pennsylvania to Missouri in 2008 after barely surviving successful chemo treatments for cancer. He was grateful to live the last 5 years of his life in a small town near his daughter Diane and her family. Life's pace there finally slowed enough for Hal to publish 2 volumes of his poems and 1 autobiography. Hal was 88.

Born in the Maspeth section of Queens, NY, Hal grew up in the Rockaways near Jamaica bay. Living near the water, he found recreation in fishing, swimming and boating. Hal's family moved to Brooklyn where he attended H.S. and excelled in learning the skills of a machinist. After being drafted at age 18 in 1943, he naturally joined the Navy. Hal served in the machine shop aboard the John M. Bermingham D.E. 530. In 1951 he married Martha Bachman. In 1955 they purchased their 1st home in the Madison Park section of Old Bridge, NJ. They had 5 children together. Hal enjoyed his role as Dad, - always being a kid at heart. He would take kids for motorcycle rides around the block, waterskiing rides in Morgan Creek and car tow rides on his homemade toboggan. Hal loved to sing. He was the life of the party at the many backyard barbeques. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in South Amboy in the 60's and 70's and the Sayre Woods Bible Church in the 80's. After 20 years as a N.Y. Port Authority patrolman, Hal retired in 1973. He was an avid archer and deer hunter. He opened an archery shop in 1973 where he sold and serviced the first compound bows. In 1980 Hal got back into uniform as a security guard for Rutgers U. In 1990 he retired again and moved to the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. He loved the serenity of being in the outdoors. At that time he began to accelerate his hobby of writing poems. Hal often read his poems at the nearby Coryland Church.

Harold is survived by his sister, Louise Rogers of Johnstown, PA; sister-in-law, Julia Bachman of Brooklyn, NY; sister-in-law, Joan Bachman of San Diego, CA; son, William and his wife Kathy of Newtown, PA; daughter, Joanne of Nutley, NJ, and daughter, Diane (Urton) and her husband David, and three grandchildren, David, Jonathan and Joanna -all of Licking, MO. Hal was preceded in death by his wife, Martha; son, Neil and son, Robert.

A memorial service will be held at 2:45PM on Saturday, July 27, at the First Presbyterian of South Amboy on 150 North Broadway. The interment will follow at Christ Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Hal's name to Licking Residential Care, 225 W. Hwy 32, Licking, MO 65542.

Published in Home News Tribune on July 21, 2013
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