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David J. Hartnett

March 27, 1936 — August 4, 2023


Mr. David J. Hartnett, of Waltham, died Friday, August 4, 2023, at the age of 87.

David was born in Lawrence on March 27, 1936, a son of the late John and Nora (O’Connor) Hartnett.  He was a graduate of Lawrence High School.  He later earned his bachelor’s degree from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont where he was also enrolled in the school’s ROTC program.  Following graduation Dave was commissioned a lieutenant with the United States Army.  He was discharged as a captain after serving several years with the Army Reserves.  He earned a master’s degree in mathematics education at Boston State College.

An educator for almost 60 years, he became a math teacher at area schools spending most of his career at Scituate High School.  After retirement, he enjoyed teaching in the Newton Public Schools.

David was an avid fan of all sports, professional and college, especially his beloved Red Sox.  In high school and college, he was a standout in baseball, football, and basketball.  He remained active in sports as a coach and high school official in the sports he played in his youth.

David, with his wife, Maggi, also enjoyed traveling throughout the nation and the world over the years.  His favorite place was Ireland where he could celebrate his Irish heritage.  They visited almost every major league baseball park in the country, an accomplishment that few achieve.

David leaves his wife, Margaret (Patterson) Hartnett; his children and their families, Kathleen Jones, her husband, William and their children, Eileen, and Brandon of Woburn; Sheila Borstel, her husband, Scott and their children, Casey, her husband Ryan Masi and their son, Oliver, and Michaela of Marshfield and Colleen Hartnett of Florida.  He also leaves numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

David was predeceased by his four siblings: John, Francis, Charles, and Marie.

Per Dave’s request, funeral services and burial will be private.  Anyone wanting to remember Dave can do so by donating to the Jimmy Fund in his name.


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