FRAMINGHAM – Ernest F. “Ernie” Hartland, a longtime resident of Hopkinton, died on Monday, October 17, 2022 after a period of declining health.
Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Ernest W. Hartland, Jr. and Mary (Meyers) Shechet, and the beloved husband of the late Maureen F. (Conway) Hartland for 60 years.
Ernie was raised and educated in Framingham and graduated from Framingham High School. He and Maureen wasted no time, getting married and starting their family soon after. Ernie’s work took them from Milford and Framingham to Ohio, then to Ashland, finally settling in Hopkinton in 1978.
He has had a long career as a quality engineer in medical devices for companies such as Kenmore Research, American Optical, Boston Scientific and Telemed. He was also an entrepreneur with two start-up companies, Carpet
& upholstery cleaning and manufacturing of medical devices.
An avid reader, Ernie was a skilled handyman and always tinkered around the house. There was no project too big or too small that he couldn’t handle. He and Maureen loved to travel, especially to Maine and Tennessee. Foodies admitted, they had favorite restaurants on their travels and planned their trips accordingly. As he left a room, he would often quote General MacArthur “I will return” almost as if to offer us all a warning.
Always caring and generous to his family, Ernie is survived by his children, Glenn and his wife Debbie of Northbridge, Anne-Marie Midgette of Northbridge, and Christine Shkreli and her husband Tom of Hopkinton, 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren -children, his siblings, Kent, Craig and his wife Melanie, and Paula Anspach, his sister-in-law, Theresa Fremault and her husband Larry of Hopedale, and several nieces
Besides his dear wife Maureen, Ernie was predeceased by his son Thomas, his great-grandson Jakob and his brother Richard.
The family would like to thank Richard “Rich” Tucker, for his time and friendship with Ernie during the last 18 months of his life.
Family and friends will honor and remember Ernie’s life as they gather for his funeral services on Saturday morning November 5 at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Mt. Auburn Street, Hopkinton.
In lieu of flowers, keepsakes can be made in Ernie’s name at: VNA Hospice and Palliative Care, 100 Trade Center, Suite G-500, Woburn, MA 01801. Or, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, https://alzfdn. org/
Arrangements from the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home in Framingham. For online tributes or to share a memory with the Hartland family, please visit www.mccarthyfh.com