MANCHESTER - John Donald Hartnett, known as "Don" to his family, passed away on Sept. 25, 2013, after a brave, short battle with illness.
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Don was born on Jan. 25, 1932, to the late John J. and Frances E. (Landin) Hartnett in Boston, Mass. He was also the stepson of the late Robert W. Pitcher of Chester.
Don grew up in Wollaston, Mass., and graduated from Quincy, Mass., High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1949 as an air traffic controller. He enjoyed a 29-year career during which he served his country at several U.S. bases from the East Coast to the West, along with several European and Asian assignments. He also served his tour of duty during the Vietnam conflict as commander of air traffic control operations in Da Nang, Vietnam. During his career he served in positions ranging from front line air traffic controller to commander of communication squadrons and finally retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1978.
Following his retirement from the USAF he enjoyed a full 30-year career in real estate sales. Don put his leadership skills to use for the Greater Manchester Board of Realtors serving on several committees, as vice president twice and ultimately as president and chairman of the board in 1988. He eventually joined Auger Realty to finish his career with people he considered good friends. He retired from real estate in 2010.
Don is survived by four children: John J. and his wife Ursula of Goffstown, Mark and his wife Stacey of Amesbury, Mass., Lynne Hartnett and her husband Paul Camire of Dunbarton and Gregory and his wife Angie of Goffstown, five grandchildren: John Hartnett of Portland, Ore., Lindy Thackston of Indianapolis, Ashleigh, Ryan and Brendan Hartnett of Goffstown, a brother and sister-in-law Gerard and Janet Hartnett of Duxbury, Mass., a sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Hobart Rand of Manchester, a sister Delores Carlson of Avon, Mass., his former wife Mary Hartnett of Goffstown, many nephews, nieces and cousins and longtime companion Nancy Dahlstrom of Manchester. He was predeceased by his brother Richard Hartnett and his beloved wife Geraldine of Gretna, La.
SERVICES: Calling hours will be on Friday, Sept. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Goodwin Funeral Home, 607 Chestnut St., Manchester. The funeral service will be in Grace Episcopal Church, 106 Lowell St., Manchester on Sept. 28, at 11 a.m. followed by burial with military honors in Great Hill Cemetery, Chester.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Air Force Aid Society in memory of John Donald Hartnett tp afas.org/ways-to-give or the Air Force Aid Society, Inc., 241 18th Streets, Suite 202, Arlington, VA 22202.
Please visit www.goodwinfh.com to sign the online guest book.
Goodwin Funeral Home
607 Chestnut Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Published in Union Leader on Sept. 26, 2013