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Virginia Beach - Peter Hartin, loving husband, father, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at the age of 59. He was surrounded by family.
Those left to treasure his memory include his wife of 36 years, Barbara (Bobbi) Hartin, and his three sons, Scott and wife Kimberly, Tim and wife Nikki, and Chris. He is also survived by his two sisters, Nancy Reynolds and husband Chris, and Pattie, and his two brothers, Steven and wife Sara, and Tom, as well as his mother-in-law Bernice Collins. He was predeceased by his father Frank W. Hartin and mother Barbara Dunn Hartin from Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, and father-in-law William Collins of New York, New York.
Peter went to Saint Dominic Catholic School in Oyster Bay, and was a proud member of the "twelve year club," comprised of students who attended Saint Dominic from Kindergarten through High School graduation. While there, he made life-long friends, served as president of the Student Council, and played varsity football and baseball.
He paid his own way through college at SUNY at Oswego where he met Bobbi, his best friend and the love of his life. Peter and Bobbi were married in 1976 and made their home in Virginia Beach starting in 1978.
Peter worked on the sales side of the telecommunications industry for 34 years, first with Motorola, and then with Nextel and Sprint. He worked briefly at Brown and Brown Flagship and was recently hired at Gately Communications. In business, he was a tireless competitor and a model of professionalism. He particularly treasured the opportunity to get to know his customers and co-workers.
He was very active in the local community, serving as President of the Laurel Cove Civic League, and as Church Councilman and Sunday School Superintendent at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. He and his wife Bobbi have been members at First Presbyterian Church since 2003.
Peter was passionate about coaching and led various Great Neck recreational baseball, basketball, and all-star teams from 1986 through 2012. He was also the head coach of Junior Varsity and Varsity fall baseball teams for Cox High School, and served as manager of the American Legion Post 204 baseball club for a number of years. He embraced yoga in 2003 and practiced at Hot House Yoga Studios in Virginia Beach. He loved playing basketball and playing golf with his boys.
Peter was a man of integrity who was always fair and never judgmental. He will be intensely missed by all of those whose lives he touched so deeply.
The family would like to thank all of the people from John B. Dey Elementary School, First Presbyterian Church, St. Dominic Catholic School, and those close friends who kept his spirits happy with many cards, visits, and meals. The family owes a special thanks to the wonderful people from Sentara Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Sentara Hospice, 535 Independence Parkway, Suite 500, Chesapeake, VA 23320.
There will be a time of visitation at Altmeyer Funeral Home- Southside Chapel, 5792 Greenwich Road, on Friday, May 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. and a funeral service at First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach, 300 36th Street in Virginia Beach, on Saturday at 2 p.m. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.altmeyer.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 16, 2013