|The death of Donald R. Hartt, former president of Hartt Lumber Co., who had a distinguished career in the Canadian Armed Services, occurred at St. Joseph’s Hospital Wednesday evening following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Hartt was a past Commanding Officer of the “Byng Boys” and in 1944 he was placed on loan to the British army, serving with several British regiments.
Mr. Hartt is a former commander of the New Brunswick Scottish Regiment.
He enlisted in the ranks of the Saint John Fusiliers until he was accepted as a Can-loan officer. He went overseas and served with the Manchester Regiment with the rank of Captain. After service throughout Normandy, Belgium and Holland he was transferred to the lst Airborne Division and received his majority. After service in Norway with the Airborne Division he returned home in 1946. He joined the Scottish in 1947 as commander of “A” Company and later was appointed second in command. Mr. Hartt was awarded the 1939-45 Star, the France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp Victory Medal and Coronation Medal.
Mr.Hartt was appointed honorary lieutenant colonel of the lst Battalion, the royal New Brunswick Regiment in 1945. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, a former Commodore of the Royal Kennebecasis Yachi Club, a member of the Union Club, the Westfield Golf and Country Club, Carleton Union F. & AM and the St. George Society.
The funeral of Donald R, Hartt was held from the Castle Funeral Home, Fallsview, 209 Lancaster Ave., to Hillcrest United Baptist Church, for service with Rev. Layne Daggett officiating, assisted by Rev. Ross Bruleigh, of Westfield United Church. The church choir was in attendance, accompanied by the organist, Miss Jeanette Higgins. The Byng Boys formed an honor guard at the church and at the graveside. Pallbearers were Val, F. Dexter, Keith M. Wilson, Delbert Seely, C. Douglas Kirby, Ralph G. Thompson, Eric Bonnell and William Schofield.
Among the floral tributes received were those from R. A. Woods Construction, from the national Canloan Association from officers and members of the Royal Kennebecasis Yacht Club, from former fellow officers from “C” Company of the Fusiliers Reunion 70 Club; from the Byng Boys Club, and from The Rocca Group. Contributions were received for the N.B. Heart Foundation: for the Church of Good Shepherd Memorial Fund; for the United Fund of Greater Saint John, For the Hillcrest United Baptist Church building fund, including those from the Congregation of the Hillcrest United Baptist Church, and from miss Jessie Hartt’s Sunday school class; for the daughters of the Nile Convalescent Relief Fund; for the N.B. Division of the Canadian Red Cross Society; for Community Meals on Wheels; for the Loch Lomond Villa Memorial Fund; for the N.B. Diagnostic Clinic for learning Disabilities, including one from the Lady Moyra Ponsonby Chapter IODE; and for the Canadian Cancer Society. Including those from the Woolastook Investment Club, from C. L. Francis Co. Ltd, from the Carleton Union Lodge No. 8; F. and A. M. from Murray and Gregory 1974 Ltd. From Moosehead Breweries Ltd, from the management and staff of Mackay Forest Products, from Erb Construction Co. Ltd., from the Sand Point Outing Association, from the management and staff of Central and Easter Trust Company, from D’Arcy Welding Co. Ltd., from the staff of N.B. Housing Corp, Saint John and from the Kelly Tire Service.
He is survived by his wife, Jean (Stroud) Hartt; one son, Thomas S. at home; three daughters Mary Jane (Mrs. Allen Covert) of Halifax, Margot (Mrs. Roger Butroid) of Ottawa, and Miss Elizabeth A. Hartt of Toronto; one brother Lloyd R. of Saint John West; three grandchildren, several nephews and a niece.
Interment took place in the Greenwood Cemetery with graveside prayers by Mr. Daggett and Mr. Bruleigh.
Obituary courtesy the Evening Times-Globe, Saint John, New Brunswick, April 20, 1978|