Richard C. "Rick" Hartman
HERKIMER – Mr. Richard C. “Rick” Hartman, age 63, entered eternal rest on Monday afternoon February 5, 2018 in the privacy of his home. His peaceful passing was graced and comforted by the presence of his loving family at his side.
Rick was born on February 6, 1954 in Herkimer, NY, a son of the late Charles and Shirley (Eysaman) Hartman. He was a graduate of Herkimer High School, Class of 1972 and was proud to be class President. Rick married his high school sweetheart Gina Donato on July 28, 1974 at St. Anthony’s Church in Herkimer. They shared in a blessed union of 43 years. Rick was a great family man and took pride in raising his children. For 13 years, he had operated “The Pub” in Herkimer, where he created many lifelong memories and friendships. He worked with the New York State Department of Transportation for 30 years, where he was a supervisor for Special Crews Bridge Repair. He was a 43 - year member of the Herkimer Elks Lodge and a member of the Polish Community Home, as well as a proud member of the Stewarts Milk Card Club. Rick enjoyed to watch various sports in his garage, especially The New York Giants, New York Mets, Boston College football, Syracuse basketball, and Nascar. You were always greeted with a smile and a friendly hello when walking into his home. He will be greatly missed.
Rick is survived by his beloved wife, Gina, and four daughters, all of whom are from Herkimer: Barbara Hartman and her companion Thomas Brown, Maureen Minguela and her husband John, Carolyn Saugh and her husband Vik, and Audrey Piccione and her husband Frank; his dearly loved grandchildren: Chloe Jayne Hartman, whom he cherished and shared a special bond with, as well as Anjali, Maya G., Julian Richard, Christian, Lucinda, Bella Rose, Logan, and Hannah. His five brothers, Tom Hartman (Pam), Jim Hartman, Jack Hartman (Venessa), Gary Hartman (Janice), and Dan Hartman. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and his In-Laws, Reina Merkelbach (Ken), Alba Bowman (Edward), Joanne Circelli (Bill), Teresa Bunce (David), Clarina Talarico (Terry), Mary Baggetta (Thomas), and Rudy J. Donato. Rick also leaves an abundant amount of lifelong friends. He had such an easy - going demeanor and it was in his nature to be an excellent listener to those around him. Rick was preceded in death by his parents; his infant brother Terrance Hartman in 1964; his niece Julia Bunce, and his Mother – In – Law and Father – In – Law, Rudy and Mary Donato.
His family is so very thankful for the compassion extended by Hospice and Palliative Care and would especially like to acknowledge Sandhya Farrington, who provided comfort and support to him as well as his family to fulfill his wishes of being home.
Funeral services will be held on Friday February 9, 2018 at 9:15 AM from The Enea Family Funeral Home 220 North Washington Street, Herkimer, NY (FKA Holleran Funeral Home) where prayer will be offered, and at 10:00 AM from the St. Francis de Sales Church, North Bellinger Street, Herkimer, where a Mass of Christian Burial will take place celebrated by Father Mark Cunningham, Pastor. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer, NY will be in the Spring of 2018.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Thursday, February 8th from 4 until 7 PM. The Herkimer Elks will offer their ritual at the funeral home on Thursday at 6:00 PM. To remember Rick in a special way please consider donations to either Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413 or to Arc Herkimer, PO Box 271 Herkimer, NY 13350 in his memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Funeral Directors Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 866-1011.
Anyone wishing to share a memory of Rick, or add to his online memorial, may go to: www.eneafamily.com on the Internet.