The Bristol Press – John R. Hartman



John R. Hartman, “Jack”, born September 21, 1931 in Meriden, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2021. He was the loving husband of Virginia (Caregnato) Hartman for 68 years. John graduated from UConn School of Pharmacy in 1953 and was the former owner of Bristol Pharmacy. He served our country in the United States Army, was National Director of the Jaycees, President of the Bristol Jaycees, former Director of the German-American Society of Bristol, and former President of the Advocates of the Senior Center. He has also been a member of the Bristol Gem and Mineral Club, the Geology Club of Bristol, the HS Liederkranz Society and a dedicated Meals on Wheels volunteer for many years. John was very active in his community. He had a jovial personality and he liked people. He cared deeply for his family and friends and cherished the moments of celebration with them. In retirement, he had the opportunity to travel the world with his wife Virginia. He was strongly devoted to his Catholic faith. He was proud of his German heritage, an avid gardener, traveler, photographer and genealogical researcher. John is survived by his beloved wife, Virginia, his children Jeanne (Hanley) Matty, John T. Hartman and his wife Bonnie, Mary Jo Valdez and her husband Scott, Michael Hartman, Lynne Hartman and her husband Frank Caestecker; grandchildren Emmeline Matty and her fiance Josh Mueller, Siobhan Matty, Michael A. Hartman, Petra Hartman, Alana Valdez, Sam Valdez, Lisa Hartman and her partner Amelia Calbry-Muzyka, Thomas Hartman, Maks Caestecker, Sander Caestecker; great-granddaughter Ainsley Mueller; brother Philip Hartman, sister-in-law Marilyn Hartman and several nieces, nephews and cousins. John is predeceased by his brother James Hartman, his sister Mary Jane Ceruti, his brother-in-law Richard Ceruti and his sister-in-law Majorie Hartman. A Christian funeral mass will be held on Friday December 10, 2021 at 11:30 am directly at St. Gregory Church, 235 Maltby St. in Bristol. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 522 Terryville Avenue in Bristol. The family respectfully asks everyone present to wear masks at the church and cemetery. A celebration of life will take place at a later date due to the pandemic. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to ‘Enfield Loaves and Fishes Inc’, 23 North Main Street, Enfield, CT. 06082 or a charity of the donor’s choice. To leave a condolence message online, share a memory or photo, please visit John’s tribute page at

Posted in The Bristol Press on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 4:49 PM. Update: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 4:52 p.m.

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