Harold E. (Choppy) Lovett, 94, died peacefully on December 20, 2012 at home surrounded by his family. Born November 4, 1918 in Hightstown, to Emmor Janney Lovett and Annie McCue Lovett, he was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Marie Lavelle Lovett.
He is survived by two daughters; Joan L. Brand and her husband Robert R.; of Sandy Hook, CT; Jean M. Lovett and her husband Thomas A. Mullane; of Hillsborough. In addition, he leaves behind two grandsons; Chad X. Brand; of Washington, DC and Christopher H. Brand and his wife Liz; and two great-grandsons; Graydon and Griffin; of Bridgeport, CT.
Harold was raised and lived most of his life in Hightstown, graduating from Hightstown High School in 1936, he entered the Army
in May of 1941 where he rose to the rank of First Lieutenant. He served in the European Theater of Operations and held strong memories of his participation in the Battle of the Bulge.
He was employed for 30 years by Decker's Dairy. Harold served his community as an elected member of the town council. He was a past commander of the American Legion Post 148 and lifelong member of the Mercer County Anglers and Hightstown Gun Club. Always an avid baseball fan and player, as a young man, he was invited to tryouts with the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals. For many years he coached Little League and American Legion baseball.
Overriding his love of baseball and in particular his favorite Boston Red Sox, Choppy was a passionate fisherman, evidenced by his 40 years of expeditions to Nantucket with a host of dear friends.
The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation for the exceptional care provided by the staff at Danbury Hospital, Bethel VNA and Western Regional Hospice of CT.
Friends are invited to celebrate Choppy's life with his family Saturday (Jan. 19) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home, 202 Stockton Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Choppy's name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675 or online at: www.woundedwarriorproject.org.