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Burton and Ruth's Story

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Within exactly 36 hours of each other, Burton Hastings and Ruth Lillian Hastings, married for 70 years, each died peacefully due to complications from recent strokes. Burton passed on September 21, in the care of a blessed personal care assistant, Alexander Rodriguez, while Mr. Rodriguez was reading the day’s newspaper to him. Ruth passed the following day in the care of Orbito Felix. They were married when Burt returned from his years of service in World War II as a combat veteran, medic and interrogator in the Special Forces. They made a home together in New York City before relocating to Dartmouth, Mass., in 1966, raising a daughter, Judy Hastings, and a son, David Hastings.
They are survived by Burt’s brother, Julius of Davis, Calif.; their daughter, Judy Hastings and her husband, Michael Ricciardi of Southold, N.Y.; son, David Hastings and his wife, Linda J. Vasconcellos of Andover, Mass.; granddaughters, Zoe Vasconcellos Hastings and her husband, Christopher Desjardins, and their son-to-be of Lawrence, Mass.; Alia Vasconcellos Hayes and her husband, Matthew Hayes, and their daughter, Julianna Bridget of Hampstead, N.H.; and Hannah Vasconcellos Hastings of Washington, D.C. Burt willed his body to Harvard Medical School’s Anatomical Gift Program, being once again of service to his country, though this time for the education of future medical doctors.
The family will hold a graveside service to celebrate the lives of Burt and Ruth on Sunday, October 2, at 10 a.m. at Children of Abraham Cemetery, 20 Grant Road, Lawrence. The couple will be reunited at their final resting place at a later date. Those gathering will be invited to share memories and thoughts with the family at a brunch to follow immediately afterwards. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Compassionate Care, 800 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements by Goldman Chapel, Malden. www.goldmanfc.com.
Published on  September 28, 2016
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