Ralph G. Hatt, Jr.
Ralph G. Hatt, Jr., 83, husband of Catherine G. (Galanis) Hatt, of
North Street, Topsfield, died Wednesday June 12, 2013 in the Putnam
Farm Assisted Living Facility in Danvers following his long illness.
Born in Ipswich January 1, 1930 he was the son of the late Ralph G.
and Gladys (Hathaway) Hatt. Raised in Topsfield and Ipswich, he was
the Vice President of his sophomore class and President of his
junior and senior class, Ipswich High School Class of 1947. For
three of these years played varsity football. He continued his
education at the Beverly Cooperative Trade School at United Shoe
Machine where he trained as a machinist. He went on to study at
Northeastern University becoming an engineer. Mr. Hatt proudly
served with the U.S. Navy in Cuba as a machinist aboard USS
Yosemite. Following his honorable discharge he returned to United
Shoe Machine where he was employed for the next twenty-eight years
as an engineer retiring in 1987. Following retirement he went to
work as a partner at Evans Industries in Topsfield also working as a
mechanic at the New Meadows Golf course in Topsfield. When not at
work he enjoyed golf and swimming.
Hatt was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church in Ipswich where he
served on the church council. He was a 32nd degree
Mason, a member of the John T. Heard Lodge AF&AM in Ipswich and the
Shriner’s Aleppo Temple.
addition to his wife of sixty-one years he is survived by a sister
Joyce Woodman and her husband Leonard of Essex; a brother Paul
Doucette and his wife Judy of Essex; sister-in-laws Aphrodite
Bialek, Alice Homans and Peffronia Galanis all of Ipswich and
several nephews, nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces.
funeral will be held Monday 9 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral
Home, Six High St., Ipswich followed by a service at 10 am in the
Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 8 Lafayette
Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed.
Visiting hours will be Sunday 4 to 8 with a service by the John T.
Heard Masonic Lodge at 7 pm. Interment with Military Honors will be
held in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers
memorial donations in his name may be made to Shriner’s Burn
Institute, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114 and or Hospice of
the North Shore Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102,
Danvers, MA 01923.