The late John ( SenatorJack) Harte passed away on Sunday 8th March 2015 at the age of 94. The funeral Mass took place in St. Nichola's Church, Francis St, Dublin 8.
Jack joined the Dublin Central Branch in the late forties on his return to Dublin
after his war time service. His father was also a branch member and a veteran of ww1. Jack was the first and probably the only man to wear his Poppy and campaign medals in Leinster house on rememberence day. A proud man and proud of his Regiment.
at the tender age of 16 in Oct 1937 ran away from home and somehow made his way onto the Leinster as a stowaway, bound for Liverpool.
Arriving in Liverpool, penniless, on his own but, determinded to fulfull his ambition to join the British Army. Somehow
he convinced the recruiting Sgt and the mediacal officer that he was 18 and fit enough to be accepted into the British Army. So started a new life for Jack, serving with the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
He shipped out to Malta in March 1938. Selected
and accepted into the Special Boat Service and carry out clandestine operations. On one occasion returning from an operation on submarine Trooper they came under fire from the German Navy who dropped a series of depth charges in their location. After
the Siege Of Malta the Battalion moved to Greece. In November 1943, after the Battle of Leros, Jack with other members of the Battalion became Prisoners of War.
When Jack returned to Dublin he was employed by Guinness Brewery and became
a union representaive and played a major part in the Labour Party. Elected to the Seanad in 1973 and served seven terms, almost 20 years, retired in 1993. Some achievement.
I had known Jack for almost 40 years. A good friend to all who knew him.
His perpetual smile, a glint in his eye and well turned out. Well respected and admired. When the President of Ireland, Michael. D. Higgins took time out to call on Jack's family home and extend his condolences to his wife and family on the night before the
funeral. When Joan Burton, An Tanaiste and Labour Party leader attended the funeral Mass, many TDs and ex Ministers. The General President of SIPTU, Jack O'Connor gave a wonderful few words on the life and times of jack and spoke very highly of him like many
other people who knew him.
Jack came a long way since departing Dublin on the Leinster in October 1937.
To his family we extend our sincere condolence. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all
FAREWELL SENATOR JACK, OLD WAR VETERAN
YOU HAVE DONE IT ALL
(Jack is on the way)