Gary Gene Hartog

  • Born: May 15, 1949
  • Died: August 4, 2020
  • Location: Rowayton, Connecticut

Lawrence Funeral Home

2119 Post Rd
Darien, CT 06820
Tel. (203) 655-6127

Tribute & Message From The Family

Gary Gene Hartog, a resident of Rowayton, CT, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 in Rowayton with his wife of 46 years, Norene, his son, Gary Jr., daughter-in-law, Samantha, and DJ by his side. He was born on May 15, 1949 in Norwalk to Albert B. and
Catherine Hartog. He was one of 10 children raised and worked at the family business, Rowayton Marine Works, on the river in Rowayton, CT.

Gary was a life member of the Rowayton Hose Company and served various ranks in the Rowayton Volunteer Fire Department and with great pride as Chief from 1986 to 1996. He was a Vietnam Veteran who served in the war for 17 months and ultimately was a victim of Agent Orange. Gary was also a member of the Darien VFW and Ischoda Yacht Club.

Being from such a large family, Gary leaves behind his brother Bub and Pat, his brother Doug and Connie and his sister Judy. He was predeceased by sisters and brothers, Carol, Joan Bill, Stan and Jackie. He lovingly leaves behind many nieces and nephews and cherished friends.

A memorial celebration will be held at a later date.

Memorials can be made to Rowayton Fire Department, 136 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton, CT 06853, Darien VFW Post 6933, Vietnam Vets-Agent Orange, 205 Noroton Avenue, Darien, CT 06820 or an organization of your choice.

Loved by all and will never be forgotten.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I always have fond memories of my uncle as gregarious man with a commanding presence and a kind heart. One of my favorite memories is when he came to the West coast for a wedding in Sausalito, CA. My mom checked me out of junior high for the day so we could go meet them. Gary and Norene stayed in an obscure hotel with small rooms and a strange mermaid theme...Gary was not amused. We toured the city of San Francisco for the day. I've never laughed so hard. Gary had me rolling on the floor of the car with all of his jokes. We saw Lombard Street (the most crooked street in the world) and Gary's comment was "How do you get a fire engine down that?". We went out to the pier and Gary bought me a clam basket, we stared out at Alcatraz and talked. What a good day! I will always remember my uncle as the gregarious powerful man that he was, clad in gold rings and bracelets, and always good for a laugh. He will be sorely missed!

Posted by Daniel Larson - Oregon City, OR - family   August 31, 2020

I just had a funny feeling to read the Darien obits today. We had so many good times in the seventies when Gary and Noreen were dating then in their early marriage years. Thank you so much for those days. Will never forget you Gary.

Posted by Ellen Clark    August 12, 2020

So sorry for your loss, Norene and family. Our deepest condolences.
Jeanne (Bieluch) Schifini and Tom Schifini xox

Posted by Jeanne - Friend   August 11, 2020

Good bye my old friend. We had some good times.

Posted by Kipp Kretschman - Friend   August 10, 2020

You were one of the good ones Gary. You leave a void that can never be filled. Signal 5

Posted by Gary L. Birchard - Friend   August 09, 2020

I will always thank Gary for the ride up the Fivemile River when in Boy Scouts and he took 4 of us and we learned the river. I remember Gary served in Vietnam the same time as Norwalker Gregg Taylor, and I spent time with both of them together after their service sharing experiences. Blessings to his family, I was honored to know him from those many years ago.

Posted by Larry Porricelli - Friend   August 08, 2020

I am saddened to hear of Gary passing.
The good times I had at Rowayton Marine and the Firehouse with him is always fresh on my mind.
I love ya big guy...❤

Posted by Phil Hazzard - Friend   August 08, 2020