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Thomas O. Hartford


Thomas Hartford
Thomas Hartford

OTTAWA — Thomas O'Brien Hartford, 76, of Ottawa, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, at his home in Western Springs.

Funeral services will be at noon Monday, Jan.14, at Ottawa Funeral Home with the Rev. Corey Krengiel officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Columba Cemetery with military honors.

Thomas was born Oct. 30, 1942, in Chicago, to Brendan and Genevieve (Lyon) Hartford. He married Kathleen Cunningham in Chicago; she passed away May 8, 2006.

Thomas was raised in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, attended Navity of Our Lord School, graduated from De La Salle High School, attended classes at Lewis University and was proud to serve as a United States Marine and also in the Marine Reserves.

Thomas was a respected member of the civil construction industry in Chicago, having the pleasure of working on many high-profile projects throughout the city as well as in Florida. At one time, he was a proud member of the Laborers, Operators and Plumbers unions (all at the same time) in Chicago and eventually retired from the industry as a member in good standing with the Local 130 Plumbers Union.

He is survived by two daughters, Jennifer (late Tony) Urias and Kathleen Hartford; four sons, Monroe (Susan Bauer), Christopher (Sara), Rob (Kelly) and Thomas (Kelly); 18 grandchildren, Rickey (Kristal), Lauren (Andy), Kyle, Megan, Brittany, Sam, Caitlin, Breanne (Jacob), Abby, Alec, Leah, Ben, Will, Kate, Thomas, Jack, Max and Sophie; five great-grandchildren, Adele, Brady, William, Grace and Jacob; and his siblings, Joseph (Jean) Hartford and Mary Lyn Hartford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and his brother, Brendan Hartford.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

The online guest book may be viewed and remembrances shared at

Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory

1111 La Salle St., Ottawa, IL 61350


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