Patrick E. Hackett, Sr.

Born: Mon., Feb. 16, 1931
Died: Fri., Mar. 26, 2021

Private Committal

Location: St. John's

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Patrick E. Hackett, Sr. was blessed to have his final wish come true with his peaceful passing from this life in the early morning hours of March 26, 2021 in the quiet surroundings of his home. A private Mass of Christian Burial for Patrick E. Hackett, Sr. will be held at St. John's Church, in Morristown, New York. Arrangements have been entrusted to Island View Funeral Services,

Pat was born in Ogdensburg, New York on February 16, 1931, the firstborn son of the late Emmet P. and Emma E. Bateman. Pat grew up in Ogdensburg and spent his summers at the Bateman family camp on the St. Lawrence River. He had fond memories of fun and mischief with his family and particularly with his older close cousin, Spike Bateman, who is credited with "showing him the ropes.” Pat graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy as a proud member of the Class of 1948. He was an active student, participating in school activities and sports. He especially loved playing football and was named an All-Northern football player. He was president of his senior class and enjoyed yearly reunions at the Jones Farm with Sonny and Mary Jones, his brother-in law and best friend, Tom Ward, Don Awan, Janet Kelly, and Jerry Roach, to name a few. After a year of post-graduate study, Pat, his brother Ned, and friend Joe Connors all enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Pat enjoyed his four-year Navy career serving during the Korean War and became an electronics instructor which he continued in the reserves. He loved his country and the experiences he received in the Navy and was so proud when his grandson, Robert Backus, enlisted in the Marines in 2004, right out of high school as his grandfather had done 55 years earlier; Grandpa fondly called him "Gunny", often with a salute.

Pat considered the priesthood but instead, on May 8, 1954, Pat married Mary Katherine Ward at St. Mary's Cathedral in Ogdensburg, New York, a decision for which his wife and children will be eternally grateful. Pat and Mary K. lived their first months of marriage in California while Pat was in the Navy. Their time in California was often recalled with great pleasure, especially their friendship with Nick and Sona LaVarnway and their son, Charles.

After their honorable discharges, Pat and Ned's father, Emmet invited the boys to come home and join the family business and see if "they could make a go of it" and a go of it they did. Together, they continued the tradition begun in the mid 1800's by their great grandfather and passed down through three generations. They built a business known for quality products and service that became a landmark in Ogdensburg. Pat served on national advisory boards of the True Value Company and was called “Mayor of the Market” at their semi-annual shows because he showed such enthusiasm for the business and such willingness to encourage new and existing business owners like himself and his brother. Pat equally enjoyed working with vendors and sealing the deal on great opportunities to supply great products at great prices to Hackett customers. Pat had the highest
level of honesty and integrity and passed this on to his four children in the business, who all worked at the store one time or another.

Pat was active in his community and served on many boards in many capacities. He was a proud 60-year member of the Ogdensburg Lions Club, Past-President of the Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chairman of the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, Past President of the St. Joseph's Foundation, St. Mary's Cathedral and St. John's Church Parish Councils, just to name a few. He and Mary Katherine were honored to receive the Caritas Award given by the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Ogdensburg. After retirement, he became a "trained" hospice volunteer and a religious education instructor, ministries he took very seriously. He was a member of Weight Watchers for many years, mastering the art of weighing in initially with heavy clothes and shoes and cleverly wearing lighter items each week.

As Pat considered retirement, he and Mary K. made the decision to settle in a home on the shores of the St. Lawrence. While still a very visible presence in the city of Ogdensburg, Pat and Mary K were embraced by the small village that they lovingly called "Motown". They loved the river and their home. They both were active in their parish, St. John's Church, which was highlighted with the building of a new church, under the direction of Msgr. Harry Snow, who became a close family friend. They had many friends with whom they enjoyed Friday Night Dinners together and participated in many local events and gatherings. After Mary K.'s passing in 2015, Pat enjoyed frequent visits from his close friend John Kelly, his wife Sandra, and long-time family friend, June B. Ross. Some of the very best times happened around the holidays and warm summer weekends when Pat and Mary K.'s grandchildren and great-grandchildren would visit and share many fond memories.

Pat was a devoted father of four children, all of whom survive him: Jane H. (Mark) Backus, Mexico, NY; Juliann H. (Lee) Cliff and Patrick E. (Lori) Hackett, Jr., both of Ogdensburg, NY; and Eileen H. (Roy III) Simmons, Fayetteville, NY. He is survived by six grandchildren: Michael C. (Andrea) Backus of Mexico, NY; Robert P. (Michelle) Backus of Maryland; Jacob P. Hackett and Chelsea M. Hackett of Ogdensburg; Roy D. Simmons IV of Syracuse, NY and Ryan P. Simmons of California; additionally Pat loved his two great-grandchildren, Madelynne K. and Joseph A. Backus of Mexico. Patrick is also survived by a brother, Edward (Ned) B. Hackett and sister, Mary A. Hackett Sperzel, as well as several very special cousins and several nieces and nephews in the Bateman, Hackett and Ward families.

Because of his busy life, Pat never really developed any hobbies. But, if there is such a thing, Pat's hobbies were his faith and friendships. His faith was the center of his life and he held his Catholic faith with the highest regard and wished for his family the same. He loved people and people loved him. Everywhere he went, he made friends along the way. He always looked for the best in everyone and had special relationships with so many.

Pat's family would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Michael Seidman and his staff for their care of Pat and Mary K over the decades. Finally, the family would like to especially thank “Team Hackett" for their kindness, care, and compassion that has been provided to our parents for which we will be forever grateful.

Memorial Donations may be made to: St. John's Church, P.O. Box 216 Morristown, New York 13664; St. Joseph's Foundation, 950 Linden Street, Ogdensburg, New York 3669; Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, 6686 St Highway 37, Ogdensburg, New York 13669; Morristown Fire and Rescue Department, 200 Morris Street, Morristown, New York 13664; St. Lawrence Valley Society for the Prevention of Animals (SPCA), 618 St Highway 68, Ogdensburg, New York 13669; Frederic Remington Art Museum Foundation, 311 Washington Street, Ogdensburg, New York 13669, or to a charity of one's choice.

Due to COVID restrictions, services may be attended virtually on April 10, 2021 at 11 am on the parish YouTube channel- Our Lady of Grace, Morristown, N.Y.

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Brian Kidwell
   Posted Wed March 31, 2021
It was a full, rich life for a good man.
To Pat, Julie and the rest of the Hacketts, there is plenty to celebrate.

Brian Kidwell
Canton, N.Y.

Diane DeBoer (Fred)
   Posted Wed March 31, 2021
Such a kind and generous man! I will always remember when my parents couldn't make it to Parents Weekend at LeMoyne, Pat and Katherine would invite me out to dinner so I wouldn't be alone. That's just who they were, always thinking of others! May God grant you peace and comfort.

Pamela Caraccioli
   Posted Wed March 31, 2021

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Pamela Caraccioli.

John and Linda Krol
   Posted Wed March 31, 2021
To the family of Pat Hackett, we want to extend our deepest condolences to you on the loss of your father, grandfather and great grandfather. It is clear that the Hackett brothers did indeed "make a go of it" in the City of Ogdensburg with their True Value store(s). A store that is still sorely missed. I fondly recall the many times that your father and I shared our thoughts about issues that then faced Ogdensburg. He was a community leader like few others.

May your memories give you comfort, solace and bring smiles to your faces.

Michael MacDougall
   Posted Wed March 31, 2021
Such a loss to a wonderful family. I will always remember Pat as the person who whenever you ran into him he would always stop to visit with you. He was always interested in what you were doing and how the rest of the family was doing also. He was so genuine whenever you visited with him. Very rare to meet such an individual. He will certainly be missed by many north country people. My best to his loved ones.

   Posted Sat April 03, 2021
Fondest memories of earlier yrs when O'burg was a beautiful city, busy Ford Street and Hackett's Hardware with a warm and friendly crew that one is hard pressed to find these days, a place where one could go in and ask for a whatchamacallit, describe its purpose, like "well, it's for... goes in here, to stop this and it's attached to another whatchamacallitto which one of the Hackett bros would say "hold on, I think I know what you need" and return with that whatchamacallit. He would then educate me on the real name of that whatchamacallit. Such fond memories of O'burg growing up, to which the Hackett bros were part of. Rest in Peace, as I'm sure you will.

Le Moyne College
   Posted Tue April 06, 2021
Please accept the most heartfelt sympathies of Le Moyne College. We hope the love and memories you will forever hold in your heart bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

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