Thomas J. Hazlett

Birth
Belmont, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 2 Jun 2017 (aged 94–95)
Centerville, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Centerville, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 180081750 · View Source
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Thomas J. Hazlett, 95, died peacefully on June 2 at his home in Centerville, surrounded by his family. Tom was born in 1922 in Belmont, MA to George Hazlett and Marguerite O’Connor.
He was enthusiastically joined in his professional and personal life by his beautiful and charming wife, Virginia Ravell, also a native New Englander. They met while working at a playground in Belmont while still in High School and were married in Norfolk, VA before he shipped out for duty in 1944. They were married for 69 years before her death in 2013. During that time, they remained active in the church, especially Our Lady of Victory in their retirement years, and focused their efforts on helping the less fortunate, especially children. In her final years struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, he made sure that she was comfortably cared for at home. He adored “Ginny” and their three children.

Although an all-around athlete, he excelled in baseball. “Lefty” was the winning pitcher for Belmont High School in the 1940 Massachusetts State High School championship game played at Fenway Park, and was named to the Boston Post All Interscholastic team. He is a member of the Belmont High School Hall of Fame. He continued his athletic career at Boston College and played minor league baseball for several teams, including Glens Falls, NY and Dexter, ME. An injury ended his playing career, but not his lifelong passion for baseball, and especially for the Red Sox.
Tom received his B. S. in Education from Boston College and a Masters degree in Latin American Studies from Boston University. He also received a Certificate of Studies in Latin American and Chilean Literature from the University of Chile in Santiago. He was an instructor of Spanish and Latin American Literature at Boston College and Boston University, and was a teaching fellow at Harvard University during his post-graduate studies.
Upon completion of his undergraduate studies at Boston College, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He attended the Notre Dame United States Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School in South Bend, IN, receiving his commission as an Ensign. He served on LST’s in the Pacific for the remainder of World War II. In June of 1944 he learned that his older brother, Lt. George Hazlett, Jr., was declared Missing-in- Action and presumed dead after his aircraft was downed over Normandy, France. His sense of patriotism helped him persevere and remain in the war effort until the victorious conclusion in 1945. Some 50 years later, his brother’s remains were recovered in a farmer’s field in France; Tom represented his family in military services at Belmont Cemetery and Arlington National Cemetery. Although separated from active duty at the end of the War, Tom remained in the Naval Reserve, eventually retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Following his interests in Latin American history and romance languages, Tom pursued a career with the Central Intelligence Agency. He was an American patriot for whom loyalty and service to his country was a privilege and an obligation. As a Senior Officer, he served in key posts in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Spain, and Portugal, where his keen perception and understanding of the culture, political institutions, and languages enabled him to play an important role in unmasking and blunting clandestine communist agents and aggression in the hemisphere. The ambassadors with whom he served knew him as a patient, kind, and caring supervisor of young officers in the service.
Having spent many boyhood summers at his grandmother’s Engadine Lodge in Osterville, it was no surprise that Tom and Virginia would choose Cape Cod as their retirement home. His scholarly knowledge of Spanish language literature is evidenced by his impressive personal library containing over 5,000 books. Perhaps equal to his passion for baseball and books, Tom was an avid gardener. He truly enjoyed working in his gardens and beautifying their property with trees, shrubs, and flowers.
In addition to his wife, his parents, and his brother, Tom was predeceased by his son, Thomas Jr. (Tommy), and his sister Helen Stone. He is survived by two daughters, Sandra Waldmiller (Paul) of Westminster, CO, and Susan Hazlett of Centerville, who lived with and cared for her parents in their final years. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; Paul, Jennifer, Geoffrey, Holly, Mychael, Jamie, Thomas III (Joey), James (Chip), and Vanessa, four great-grandchildren; Jessica, Henry, Susanna, and Bentley, and his close cousins from the Conners family.
Visiting hours will take place at Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home at 160 West Main Street, Hyannis on Thursday, June 8, 2017 between 10:00am -12:00pm, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Victory Church at 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 230 S. Main Street, Centerville, MA. A burial will follow at Beechwood Cemetery in Centerville, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, 355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017 or The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130.


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  • Created by: Charlet Roskovics
  • Added: 6 Jun 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 180081750
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas J. Hazlett (1922–2 Jun 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 180081750, citing Beechwood Cemetery, Centerville, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Charlet Roskovics (contributor 47959578) .