The Good Lord Gave John Hartnett Such Good Manners, He Was Mister Urbanity

Because he was Irene Leary's escort for society coverage in Good News publications, John Hartnett was so good natured, he couldn't say no to prevalent requests.

Polite doesn't begin to cover it. Reading the Herald obit, it said his ever-lovin' wife Linda suddenly passed away on Nov. 14, I wondered if he lived to be 94 because he wanted to take care of her. They were closer than two pages in a book. "Love bugs," friends called them.

He had married his childhood sweetheart Ellen Lovejoy and they had 50 beautiful years together. She must have lived up to her maiden name. He never looked to replace her. With old-fashioned urbane manners, John was the epitome of gentlemanly conduct escorting widows to Miami Beach social functions.

I loved the obit's finality. "They loved each other so much and are now together again, holding hands as always and making one another laugh."

At his request, there will be no service but a Celebration of Life will be held down the road.
I hope to be beckoned.