NewsWillie Harte – An Appreciation

Thank you most sincerely for your condolences on the recent death of Willie.

We want to assure you that Harte Designs Ltd will continue to manufacture high quality cast iron products as we have done for the past 30 years.

If you have any queries please contact Catriona Hannon or Liz Harte in the office on 051 421239

Please find an appreciation that appeared in the New Ross Standard

Kind Regards,

Liz, Jack & Sam Harte, and all the staff at Harte Designs Ltd

Appreciation of Willie Harte as published In the New Ross Standard 11/4/2014


Willie Harte

Willie Harte RIP
20th November 1953- 1st March 2014

The large crowd in attendance at the funeral of Willie Harte at St. Anne’s Church Rathgarogue, New Ross on Tuesday March 4th was testament to his popularity and the high regard he was held in the New Ross and surrounding communities. Willie passed away peacefully at the Beacon Hospital on March 1st surrounded by those he loved, his wife Liz and his two sons Jack and Sam.
As a young man, Willie qualified in electronic engineering and was employed by an American company called Iotron where he spent many years working on board oil tankers and cruise liners throughout the world maintaining their navigation systems. This experience gave him the travel bug and he continued to enjoy new countries and cultures right up until recent times.
In 1981, he returned to Ireland and founded Harte Designs Ltd. to manufacture a range of outdoor lighting in cast iron. From humble beginnings, the current company operates from Butlersland Industrial Estate supplying their products to many prestigious developments.
A very honest man Willie’s reputation in business preceded him and he was known far and wide for his fairness. He was always willing to lend a hand be it in business or the community and faced every problem head on and with a very positive attitude.
Willie had many interests including skiing, golf and travel but undoubtedly his favourite hobby was his Harley Davidson. His love for motor biking led him to enjoy many different open roads throughout the world including the world famous Route 66 in America. For 10 years, he was central in orgainsing the New Ross Bike Run which raised thousands of euros for the Chernobyl Children’s Project and Crumlin Children’s Hospital Dublin.

Despite battling illness with dignity and courage since 2011, Willie always seemed to be in good form. He enjoyed a positive outlook on life and never gave in to a struggle. Rarely did a problem or an obstacle get him down, he always believed a there was a solution possible.

He is survived by his wife Liz, sons Jack and Sam, brothers, and a wide circle of family and friends.
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