John A. M. “Big John” Hartman of Branford died Wednesday November 29, 2017 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was the husband of Linda Miller Hartman.
John was born September 1, 1948 in Bridgeport, CT, son of the late Edna Alling Mason Hartman. He was a graduate of Keene State College and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Bridgeport. He worked as a guidance counselor for Brown Middle School in Madison and Kurn Hattin School in Westminster, VT. He left school counseling and became a professional musician, working for Horizon Tours among other engagements. He is a direct descendent of Roger Alling, one of the founders of New Haven Colony. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Jane (Trevor) MacLachlan of Walpole, NH and Joanne (Antonio) Martinez of New Haven; his step-sons, Brian Stapelfeldt of Roswell, GA and Dennis Stapelfeldt of Norwalk, CT; his step-daughter, Melissa "Missy" Giove of NC; and his grandchildren, Gabriella and Zechariah Martinez and Lauren, Caroline and Ian MacLachlan.
Friends are invited to visiting hours Saturday afternoon from 2:00 - 4:00, with a Remembrance Service at 3:00, in the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main Street, Branford. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Elijah Barrett Scholarship, c/o Surry Village Charter School, 449 Rt. 12A, Surry, NH 03431.
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