A Blue Devil Tribute: A Celebration of the Life of Mr. Neil R. Hartwick

By on March 12, 2018

Neil R. Hartwick was the former band director at Batavia High School and Brockport High School, and alumni of SUNY Fredonia. He touched the lives of a countless number of students and families. His gift for inspiring the love of music in others was magical, but his love for his students was the reason he made such a difference in their lives.

So many were saddened to hear of his passing in September.  Looking for ways to honor the man who had meant so much to them, the alumni and families of Batavia and Brockport have worked together to plan a tribute to Mr. Hartwick, as well as show their love and support for his wife, Nancy Hartwick. Coincidentally, the mascot for all three of these institutions is the Blue Devil, so it seemed only fitting that it be A Blue Devil Tribute.

This celebration of Mr. Hartwick’s life will take place in the Brockport High School Auditorium on Sunday, May 27 at 2:30 p.m. with a reception to follow.

Mr. Hartwick touched the lives of so many. We invite you to share your memories and photos by sending them to remember_neil@netacc.net. These will be compiled in a memory book, and the photos will also be used in a slideshow at the celebration.

A Memorial Concert to honor Mr. Hartwick will be performed by the Batavia Concert Band on Wednesday, August 1 at 7 p.m. in Centennial Park, Batavia. Alumni and friends from both Batavia and Brockport are invited to participate in the concert.  More information and a sign-up sheet will be available on May 27 or by calling Peter Mark at 547-2372.

Mrs. Hartwick has designated the Batavia Concert Band as recipient for any memorial donations to Neil.  Donations will be accepted on May 27 or can be mailed directly to The Batavia Concert Band, PO Box 1705, Batavia, NY  14020.

If you are interested in participating in some way, please visit us on the “Remembering Neil Hartwick” Facebook Page for more information.

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