John Hartke, a committed Safety Officer at Eversource who lived in Waterford, Connecticut, pἀssed away on August 6, 2023, at the age of 53. Tragically, he was hurt in an accἰdent involving a boat on the evening of July 29 at Old Saybrook.
The local fire department, the state Department of Energy and environmental protection, and the U.S. Coast Guard were all informed of the event without delay. The watercraft apparently struck a jetty, which highlights the sad events leading up to the catastrophe.
John Hartke Obituary
Due to wounds incurred in an accἰdent, John Frederick Hartke, 53, of Waterford, pἀssed deἀd on August 6, 2023. Elizabeth (Strom) and Frederick M. Hartke, Jr. welcomed John into the world on December 26, 1969.
His brother Jeffrey soon joined him there, and the two of them had a childhood filled with outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and adventuring. In the same year that he graduated from Xavier High School, he helped the team win the state rifle title.
John also had a soft spot for humans. His career as a firefighter and EMT for many years in the communities of Haddam and Waterford, as well as his later employment with Electric Boat, reflect this. He most recently worked for Eversource as a Safety Officer.
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John, a lifelong lover of the great outdoors, was frequently seen spending time on his boat with his wife Andrea when clamming, crabbing, or strolling their cherished dog Chase. While he enjoyed the New England seasons and his house in Connecticut, Aruba served as a second home and the setting for innumerable treasured family experiences.
Being a good spouse, parent, son, friend, and so many other things was John’s greatest pride. Anyone who knew John would attest to the fact that he was dependable and always available by phone. His outgoing personality and hospitality will be dearly missed.
His wife Andrea (Brochu), children Arianna (Will) and Alexander, parents Fred and Beth, and brother Jeffrey (Marie) are the only people left to care for him.
He is also survived by his mother-in-law Helen Brochu, his brothers and sisters-in-law Gary (Sue) Brochu, Lisa (Leonard) Radziwanowicz, Karen (John) Capuano, Janet Bourgault, Ian, Chelsea, Alyssa, and Brian, as well as a large number of cousins and friends.
His maternal grandparents Charles and Bobbie, paternal grandparents Fred Sr. and Anne, godparents Thomas Hartke and Marcia Strom, father-in-law Pete Brochu, and brother-in-law Gerard Bourgault also predeceased him. At the Rainbow Bridge, his dogs TJ, Jake, and Hunter were undoubtedly waiting for him.
The Middletown Press Obituaries posted on Facebook:
His family would like to express their gratitude to the First Responders, and medical staff at Yale New Haven Hospital, including the doctors, nurses, and the entire surgical intensive care unit, for the outstanding care they gave him while he was there.
Visitors are welcome to pay their respects to the family on Saturday, August 12, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown. At the funeral home, a funeral service will start at noon. Later on, there will be a private Celebration of Life.
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