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James T. Harty, Jr.

Newport, Vt. — Lt. Col. (Retired) James T. Harty, Jr., 79, of School Street died Saturday, March 30, 2013. James was born in Bellows Falls, Vt. on April 13, 1933, the son of James and Rosemary (Bixby) Harty.

Graduating from Bellows Falls High School as class President in 1951, he went on to Norwich University and served in the Army National Guard for 33 years. He worked as a sales representative for Colgate Palmolive for 29 years and also worked for New England Power, John Hancock, and was co-owner of Thomas Denton and also co-owner of Illuminations by William Patrick.

Mr. Harty was a member of the Elks in Newport, was an honorary member of the VFW and was in charge of the Color Guard. He was also National Commander of the 43rd Infantry Division for five years. He was the president of Tall Timbers Mobile Horne Park Association. He was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed playing at area nursing homes, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and at the VFW. He loved to support his sons-in-law and grandchildren at their sporting events. In retirement he traveled on cruises with his wife and spent several winters living in Florida. In 2001, they treated their children and grandchildren to a trip to Oahu, Hawaii: A cherished memory held by the entire family. After Patricia’s passing he moved to Woodstock Terrace where he enjoyed the residents and staff who he often kidded and continued to entertain with his piano playing.

He is survived by his children, Kathleen Rousselle & husband, David of Swanton, Vt., Terry Harty of Newport, Vt., Kim Pare & husband Paul of Keene, N.H., Mary Lou Harty of Virginia Beach, Va., Deborah DeLaBruere & husband, David of Newport, Vt., and William Harty of Quechee; his grandchildren, Tim Rousselle, Morgan and Nicholas Pare, Stephanie, Samantha, and Brian DeLaBruere, and Bella and Kiersten Harty; his brothers, Edward Harty & wife, Lenore of Bellows Falls, Vt., Robert Harty & wife, Charlotte of Florida, Bernard Harty of North Walpole, N.H., and Maurice Harty & wife, Diane of North Walpole. He is predeceased by his wife Patricia (Kiniry) Harty, his son Timothy Harty, and his brother William Harty.

There will be calling hours 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2013, at Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Horne in Bellows Falls, Vt. A funeral mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at St. Peter’s Church in North Walpole. Burial will follow the service in the St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to North East Kingdom Relay for Life, c/o American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.