Tom Hartney

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Tom Hartney. He was the husband of Deborah (Jones) Hartney and the father of Thomas D. (Anna) Hartney. Tom was predeceased by his parents George and Mary Jane (Taylor) Hartney, his father-in-law Larry Jones and his sister-in-law Pamela Jones Kowal.

Tom was born and raised in New Britain, CT. He graduated from New Britain High School in 1969. He then went on to attend Central Connecticut University, where he earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Education. Tom also attended the University of Connecticut, where he earned an advanced certificate in Education. While in college Tom ran several trips to Florida and Bermuda. He was always up for a good time. He also spent many summer vacations on Cape Cod with the guys.

Tom taught in the East Hartford school system for 34 years. He began his teaching career at Pitkin Middle School. He then moved on to Robert J. O’Brien Middle School, where he met and then married Debbie. He also taught at East Hartford Middle School and finished his career at East Hartford High School. He retired in 2009. Tom had an abundance of patience and kindness for all of his students.

Tom and Debbie loved to travel but their favorite destination was Aruba. They enjoyed many happy times there. Tom also enjoyed playing golf in Florida and Connecticut. Every day Tom would make his rounds at the pool stopping to chat and joke with everyone. Tom had a wonderful smile and a witty sense of humor. He was always ready with a joke or a quick comeback.

He leaves to mourn his passing: his wife Debbie, his son Tommy, his daughter-in-law Anna, his mother-in-law Fran Jones, his sister-in-law Pattie Jones and his nephew Justin McEacharn. He also leaves two aunts, several cousins and a host of friends both in Florida and Connecticut and his best buddy Tim McDonnell from California. His phone calls and visits always brought a smile to Tom’s face. The family would also like to thank Tom’s caregivers, especially Carlene for her kindness and compassion. Carlene brought a ray of sunshine to each and every day.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday (July 7, 2021) at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church of St. Edmund Campion Parish, 370 May Road, East Hartford. (Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church on Wednesday morning). There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780. The D’Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford has been entrusted with the local funeral arrangements. Those we love don’t go away they walk beside us every day; unseen, unheard but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear. Te amo Tom. Vaya con Dios. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopoeh.com

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Tom Hartney


Ed & Kerrie Jordan

19 juillet , 2021

We were so sorry to hear that Tom had passed. I always enjoyed teaching with him at the many venues where we taught in East Hartford. He always had a smile and a kind word. Our thoughts are with you....

Ed and Kerrie Jordan
North Eastham, MA

Cindy Solomon

9 juillet , 2021

Debbie. We just learned of Tom’s passing. My condolences and prayers for you and your family. From reading his obituary, I know you will cherish many beautiful personal memories with family and friends. Cindy Solomon from Winterpark line dancing

Cheryl Karp Ward

5 juillet , 2021

Although it's been more than a dozen years since I retired from EHHS, I still hold fond memories of many colleagues, and I especially remember Tom and you. Whenever he came into the library, I waited for him-a quiet man of dry wit-to make a comment that would make me smile. In the midst of all of the hustle-and-bustle, I so looked forward to this. My condolences to you and your family on the loss of this kind man.

Debbie & Craig Hancock

4 juillet , 2021

Deb, Tommy and Anna,
We were saddened to read about Tom’s passing. He was a great guy and we always enjoyed chatting and catching up with him on his many trips on foot around the Burnbrook loop. Hold the memories close. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Debbie and Craig Hancock

Kathy Neri

3 juillet , 2021

Dear Debbie and Tommy, our deepest condolences to your family. Tom was such a joy to work with when I went to the high school. He was always fun and caring and a blessing to work with. He will be missed by all who knew him. The Neri family

MaryAnn Higgins

3 juillet , 2021

Dear Debbie and Tommy, sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. Tom was always friendly and often stopped to visit when we were outside while he was riding his bike or taking a walk. My prayers and fond memories ( daycare) are with you and Tommy.
Love, MaryAnn Higgins

lillian santiago

3 juillet , 2021

Our sincere condolences on the passing of Mr. Hartney. He was a very special person, an excellent teacher and will be missed by many. Sending our prayers to you and Tommy.
Nuestros corazones estan tristes.
Respectfully, The Santiago Family.

Kathleen Shuckerow LeBlanc

3 juillet , 2021

So sorry to read this I had Mr. Hartney in O’Brien school and remember when him and Mrs. Hartney got married . As young kids we thought how cool that was and how pretty she was ! A great teacher for sure my condolences to his family 🙏

Donna Barbieri

2 juillet , 2021

Debbie, so very sorry to hear of the loss of Tommy ( as I always called him.) So many memories growing up, camping and wonderful times with our parents. It was always the Hartneys Zareskis & Murphys. It was so wonderful to reconnect in Naples. Again my deepest condolences to you and Tom and Anna. May Tommy rest in peace. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love Joe and Donna Barbieri

Rick solari

1 juillet , 2021

My condolences to the Hartney family. I'm sorry for your loss.