Noted florist's garden showcased love of craft
James Hartman's love of flowers and his passion for gardening were recognized by the floral industry throughout Western Pennsylvania.
For nearly 28 years, Mr. Hartman was employed as a salesman and the general manager of Pittsburgh Cut Flowers in the Strip District.
James E. Hartman of Canonsburg, formerly of Whitehall, died on Friday, March 1, 2013, in his home. He was 63.
“My father had such a reputation in the floral industry that he was constantly sought out by customers who had an important event that needed his floral designs and his personal touch,” said his son, Daniel Hartman of Bethel Park.
Born and raised in Whitehall, Mr. Hartman was one of two sons of businessman Eric Hartman and his wife, Dorothy Hartman.
After graduating from Baldwin High School, Mr. Hartman received his bachelor's degree in business from what is now Point Park University and married his classmate, Jean Heidenreich, in 1971.
Along with his wife, Mr. Hartman opened Hartman Floral in Munhall.
“Unfortunately, the shop was destroyed by a fire and Dad decided to go to work for Pittsburgh Cut Flowers,” his son added.
His son recalled his father's pride in arranging the garden in his Whitehall home, where he lived most of his life.
“My father loved Pittsburgh and its neighborhoods and never gave it a thought to live anywhere else, and as a family, we attended St. Elizabeth Church in Pleasant Hills,” he said.
In addition to his son, Daniel, Mr. Hartman is survived by his wife of 41 years, M. Jean Hartman, the director of weddings and funerals at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland; children, Kathleen DeMarco of Upper St. Clair, Thomas of Baldwin, Lawrence Scott of Catonsville, Md., and Susan Boscoe, also of Catonsville, Md.; eight grandchildren, and his brother, Jack Hartman of Brentwood.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in John A. Freyvogel Sons Inc., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire Street, Shadyside.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland.
Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or email@example.com.
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