ESSEX — John J. Harty, 73, of Lakeview Road, Essex, and formerly of Lynn and Yarmouth, died Saturday, June 15, in the Soldiers Home, Chelsea, after his long illness. He was the husband of Patricia M. Horgan-Harty.
Born in Boston on August 11, 1939, he was the son of the late John F. and Helen (Finn) Harty. He was raised in Somerville, and was a graduate of St. Clements Parochial School, Class of 1957. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving for two years aboard the USS Pocono in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Discharged in 1960, he entered the Massachusetts Military Academy in Boston, and then served two years as a 2nd Lt. with the National Guard at Camp Curtis Guild in Wakefield. Completing his Guard service, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, where he served for the next 27 years, retiring as a Lt. Commander. During these years of service. he studied at Suffolk University where he received a bachelor’s degree and Bridgewater State University where he received a master’s degree. Retired from the military, he went on to teach history and social studies in Weymouth Middle School, Yarmouth Dennis Regional High School, served as Assistant Commandant of Cadets at Southern University of New York. From 1993 to 2001, he was Chief of Police in Middlesex County, supervising security in the Middlesex courthouses, and was Chief of Special Police for Naratone Security of Boston.
His interests included the special time he shared with his grandchildren, reading history, and dealing and collecting military and nautical artifacts.
John was a member of the St. John the Baptist Church in Essex and Ipswich V.F.W. Post #1093.
In addition to his wife, Patricia of three years, he is survived by a son, John Nathen Harty of Mashpee; a daughter, Pamela Harty and her husband, Tom Sexton of Hingham; stepdaughter, Shannon Crompton and her husband, Jeffrey of Essex; six grandchildren, Helen and Emmet Sexton, both of Hingham, Ryan, Jack, Aaron, and Katherine Crompton all of Essex; a brother, Paul Harty of Peabody; three sisters, Mary Buckley and her husband, James of Hull, Kathleen Harty of Medford and Claire Diminico of Winchester; one niece; one nephew and many step-nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held 9 a.m., Friday, June 21, from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich, followed by the celebration of a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Main St., Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Thursday, June 20, 4 to 8 p.m., with a V.F.W. service at 7 p.m. Burial with Military Honors will be in the Spring Street, Cemetery, Essex. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Family Council, Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02130. To send a condolence to his family, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.