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Jeremiah Hartigan

1933 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Jeremiah Hartigan Obituary
Longmont, Colorado Mr. Jeremiah J. Hartigan, 81, died Tuesday August 26, 2014. He was born January 11, 1933 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania to the late John Joseph Hartigan and Grace Lee Madden. As a child Jeremiah shined shoes at bars and on street corners to help provide for his mother, 5 brothers, 4 sisters and extended family. At age 15, Jeremiah left high school to work full time at a meat packing plant, then joined the US Air Force in November 1953. He married Ms. Florence Pointek on September 4, 1954 at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi with $125 to his name and the hope of things to come. Jeremiah served 22 years in the Air Force and traveled the world, with duty posts in Alaska, Australia, California, Colorado, Germany, Iceland and Mississippi. In civilian life he traveled to Canada, France, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. He also visited most, if not every state in the United States. Mr. Hartigan deeply loved his country and family. A tireless worker, he retired from the Air Force in 1976 to stay near the mountains of Colorado and began a second career as a field engineer with StorageTek, a data storage company in Louisville. Jeremiah stayed with the company through its acquisition by EDS (Electronic Data Systems), retiring in 2007. His other full time job was caring for his home on a 5-acre parcel and household in Boulder County, south of Longmont and close to the mountains he so loved. Jeremiah was never a wealthy man, but he was generous. He frequently invited others to share dinner with his family, helped others struggling to make ends meet and sacrificed to educate his 4 children through college. Jeremiah, the true Irishman, found joy dancing with Florence, talking to anyone who would lend an ear, even Pope John Paul II with whom during a visit to Rome he spoke with as if the Pope were an old neighborhood friend. Mr. Hartigan enjoyed good food, singing and meeting people. He never met a garage sale he wasn't interested in and always had an opinion. Jeremiah was a long suffering Denver Broncos fan, who loudly voiced his enthusiasm for football every Sunday afternoon. When Jeremiah sang to Frank Sinatra's songs "That's Life" and "I Did It My Way", it felt as if he was expressing how he viewed and lived life. Mr. Hartigan is survived by his wife Florence, of 60 years; his son Robert Hartigan of Omaha, Nebraska; son Paul Hartigan of Longmont, Colorado, daughter Florence Laurenson of Mercer Island, Washington and son Philip O'Hartigan of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Jeremiah leaves behind 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren who were fortunate to have had a grandfather and great grandfather that genuinely loved them all. A mass for the dead will be said on Friday, September 5, 2014, at Immaculate Conception (715 Cabrini Drive) in Lafayette, Colorado. Funeral arraignments are being coordinated through Howe Mortuary of Longmont. Father Robert "Bob" Amudsen will officiate. Share condolences at www.howemortuary.com
Published in Longmont Times-Call on Aug. 31, 2014
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