Harry T. Hasson, age 84, of Ventnor, NJ, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2021. He is safely home, eternally embracing his beloved children, Ted and Susan. Born in Atlantic City, Harry was a lifelong resident of Margate and Ventnor. After graduating from Atlantic City High School, he attended Rutgers University where he was a member of the DKE fraternity. Upon graduation, Harry took over his father’s family floral business (founded in Atlantic City in 1919) and continued to build the business for the next 50 years alongside his wife Laoma, his son Ted and his daughter Susan.
Harry was a champion swimmer with the Margate City Beach Patrol, where he gained many lifelong friends. The beach was his happy place where (always with Noskote close by), he would spend his days whittling and chatting with friends either at the water’s edge or in the corner seat at the now defunct Osborne Avenue Beach Club.
For decades, he enjoyed extended vacations at his second home at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, where many happy memories were made boating and fishing on the “Poppa Bigger” and hanging in the pool and hot tub with his children and grandchildren.
Harry was extremely creative and was a gifted, accomplished artist. He produced hundreds of whimsical, often abstract pieces made from a variety of different media including wood, stone, coral, kitchen gadgets and everyday items. He was very proud to have his major works exhibited at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University.
Everyone who knew him knew that he was one of a kind and truly lived his life in his own way. He did the best he could. His family is grateful to all of his friends who helped him during his difficult last few months, especially Cathy Van Duyne, Kay Thurman, Likie Nika, Bill Bernicker, Tony Mahoney and Ted Finkenhauer.
He is survived by his daughter Kelley Hasson Blanchet, son-in-law Alex, grandchildren Kati and Lexy, sister Jane Celehar, many nieces and nephews and his cherished dog, Gracie. He was predeceased in death by his ex-wife, Laoma, and his beloved children, Ted and Susan.
Donations may be made to Holy Redeemer HomeCare & Hospice or the Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care. Their kind and compassionate care is so greatly appreciated.
A memorial will be held at the beach sometime this summer.
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