Robert Hartnett

Obituary of Robert C. Hartnett

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     Robert Charles Hartnett, 65, passed away at home peacefully in his sleep.


   Robert “Bob” was born in Little Falls, N.Y., the third of five children, to C. Richard and Joanne (Lawyer) Hartnett. He graduated from Whitesboro High School, where his love for athletics first shined. He especially loved the game of football, which led him to a scholarship at St. Lawrence University. At St. Lawrence, he excelled at football as well as track and field, gathering many individual accolades and setting school records. He was also blessed to acquire many life-long friendships through his years of sports.


      Bob had a long and meaningful career at Midway Industrial Supply in Utica N.Y. There, he excelled as a sales representative and was promoted to Vice President of Sales during his employment. Later in life, Bob decided he wanted to help others on a more personal level. He trained for a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse, where he found fulfillment in working hard and caring for his patients.


     In his personal time, Bob enjoyed a life of simple pleasures. He loved the Adirondacks and enjoyed spending time with family while being up at his favorite place, Kayuta Lake. His hobbies included coaching his son’s sports teams, boating, fishing, and downhill and cross-country skiing, to name a few. He was also a faithful parishioner of St. Peter’s Church in Utica, N.Y.


     He is survived by his three children, Jessica (Ryan) O’Connell of Danville, Virginia, Robert (Yasmin) Hartnett of New Hartford, N.Y., and Brian (Aislinn) Hartnett of Syracuse, N.Y.; grandchildren, Caitlyn, Connor, Collin, Caroline, Catherine, Sean, Emma, Theodore; the mother of his children, Mary Johnson; his siblings, Barbara (Dennis) Elsenback, Steve (Kathy) Hartnett, and Cathy (Don) Allison; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his father, C. Richard Hartnett, his mother, Joanne E. Hartnett, and his older brother, Richard A. Hartnett.


    A private memorial service will be held for Robert. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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