|Neal Hartman. Summer 2010|
Neal Hartman was an exceptional man. He was truly and dearly loved and when he was taken from us a year and a half ago, his loss was felt all over his community of Sag Harbor. Neal was a pillar of Christ Episcopal Church, a stalwart of the Historical Society, the Sag Harbor Tree Fund, The Bay Street Theater and his bridge club. On top of that, he grew the sweetest tomatoes, made the most extraordinary Strawberry jam, cooked and baked and pickled. On the morning that he died of an aortic aneurysm, he was scheduled for an all-day canning session with his and our dear friend Michael. We were all bereft at his loss, aged just 64, and our heartbreak for his partner of 40 years, David, was unimaginable. Neal left us a legacy of community service, deep friendship and incredible sorrow that he is no longer here. And he also left behind something that alone would keep him in our hearts forever, his amazing recipe for Baked Butter Beans.