John Eddie “Ed” Hartman, 79, of Beaufort, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at the Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport.

A memorial Mass is at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Egbert Catholic Church. The celebrant will be the Rev. Thomas R. Davis.

Ed was born June 5, 1939, in Portsmouth, N.H., to the late Eddie Lloyd and Maude Bate Hartman. He married Kay Taylor in 1964 in San Diego, Calif. Ed had a love for anything that had to do with airplanes. He loved to fly. He was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a lieutenant colonel after 20 years of service. Ed then went on to his second career with Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, for the next 18 years.

He was a member of St. Egbert Catholic Church and participated in the Men’s Club. He also was known to enjoy a good game of bridge. As much as he loved flying and bridge, that love paled in comparison to the love he held for his family. Ed believed in family and knew beyond a doubt that his family was a sacred treasure. His daughter will remember him always as the world’s best fighter pilot and the world’s best dad.

Ed is survived by his wife, Kay; daughter, Christiane London and husband Darin of Burlington; two precious grandchildren, John and Christian; sister, Maurine Wisdom of Mt. Laurel, N.J.; brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Laura Taylor of South River; niece, Dawn Wisdom; and nephews, Kevin and Jay Stallard, Jason Wisdom, Zachery Taylor, Jakob Fedkiw and Rowan Taylor.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Crystal Coast Hospice House, 100 Big Rock Weigh, Newport, NC 28570, or the Air Warrior Courage Foundation, P.O. Box 877, Silver Spring, MD 20918.

Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Access online obituary and internet condolences through www.brooksfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

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