Past DG Hartman dies unexpectedly

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Blair Hartman

To All Rotarians of District 7190:

It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Past District Governor Charles Blair Hartman (Rotary Club of Cobleskill) early yesterday morning.

As we understand it, he became sick Tuesday and was taken to Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown Tuesday night and evaluations were made on Wednesday and exploratory surgery performed Wednesday evening. Blair passed away following surgery. His brother, Richard, from North Carolina, arrived in time to be with him.

Blair was District Governor in 2004-2005 and has been regularly active in the District ever since. Through his years of service he has touched the lives of so many of us especially through his activity with the Youth Exchange program. We will miss his dedication to Rotary and his can do attitude.

It is because of his years of service to our district and being so well known throughout the district that I send this email to you to ensure that all that knew him are aware of his passing.  We have lost so many good Rotarians this year that it makes it even more necessary that we strive to continue to attract new members so that we can carry out the work our veteran Rotarians strove so hard to accomplish.

Both the visiting hours and the memorial service will be held at the Cobleskill United Methodist Church, 107 Chapel Street, Cobleskill.

Visiting hours are on Sunday, May 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 23, at 10 a.m.  Funeral arrangements have been made with Putnam’s Funeral Home in Cobleskill. A burial service will be performed in Pennsylvania later in the week.

Please keep Blair and his family in your thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Rotary Club of Cobleskill, care of Olive Scott, 116 Parkway Drive, Cobleskill, NY 12043, for the Student Exchange Program or Paul Harris Fellowship.

Milan Jackson, District Governor

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