NEWPORT — A funeral mass will be celebrated on April 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church in North Walpole for Lt. Col. (Retired) James T. Harty, Jr., 79, who died March 30. Burial will follow the service in the St. Peter’s Cemetery. There will be calling hours 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Horne in Bellows Falls.
James was born in Bellows Falls on April 13, 1933, the son of James and Rosemary (Bixby) Harty.
Graduating from Bellows Falls High School as class President in 1951, he went on to Norwich University and served in the Army National Guard for 33 years. He worked as a sales representative for Colgate Palmolive for 29 years and also worked for New England Power, John Hancock, and was co-owner of Thomas Denton and also co-owner of Illuminations by William Patrick.
Mr. Harty was a member of the Elks in Newport, an honorary member of the VFW and was in charge of the Color Guard. He was also National Commander of the 43rd Infantry Division for five years. He was the president of Tall Timbers Mobile Home Park Association. He was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed playing at area nursing homes, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and at the VFW. He loved to support his sons-in-law and grandchildren at their sporting events. In retirement he traveled on cruises with his wife and spent several winters living in Florida. In 2001, they treated their children and grandchildren to a trip to Oahu, Hawaii: A cherished memory held by the entire family. After Patricia’s passing he moved to Woodstock Terrace where he enjoyed the residents and staff who he often kidded and continued to entertain with his piano playing.
He is survived by his children, Kathleen Rousselle and husband, David of Swanton, Terry Harty of Newport, Kim Pare and husband Paul of Keene, N.H., Mary Lou Harty of Virginia Beach, Va., Deborah DeLaBruere and husband, David of Newport and William Harty of Quechee; his grandchildren, Tim Rousselle, Morgan and Nicholas Pare, Stephanie, Samantha, and Brian DeLaBruere, and Bella and Kiersten Harty; and four brothers, Edward Harty and wife, Lenore of Bellows Falls, Robert Harty and wife, Charlotte of Florida, Bernard Harty of North Walpole, N.H., and Maurice Harty & wife, Diane of North Walpole.
He was predeceased by his wife Patricia (Kiniry) Harty, one son Timothy Harty, and one brother William Harty.
Should friends desire; contributions in his memory may be made to North East Kingdom Relay for Life, c/o American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
This obituary first appeared in the April 4, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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