Dear USA Judo:

I’m writing to make clear to you and the membership of USA Judo how grateful my family and I are for the love and support the USA Judo Family provided on the occasion of the death of our son, Jack Hatton. USA Judo membership ought to know the comfort and dignity that we felt from everyone during these very difficult times.

Along those lines you may be pleased to know that the funeral director pulled me aside at the end of the day and said they do a lot of funerals, especially for young people, and they never saw a group so polite, well-mannered and respectful. We asked for no cell phones inside the funeral home and even though there were upwards of 600 people nobody saw fit to open up their cell phone. The staff were greeted with bows, and “yes sir(s)” and “thank you’s”. We are proud to be a part of this community and family.

It should be said that the compassion displayed to us by so many people has really helped our difficult journey through this first week. “Compassion“ is defined as a sharing of pain and, in this case, the pain has certainly been shared by many.  We still don’t know why this tragedy came to pass and while we may know more in the coming months we’ll likely never know everything.

I encourage my fellow members to celebrate Jack‘s life as an example of the athlete and person we can and have produced in the USA.

Yours in Judo,

The Hatton Family

 

A celebration of the life of Jack Hatton will be held on October 27th at: 

1st Unitarian Church, 119 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY 12201

2:00-4:00 - Celebration of Life

4:00 - Reception for friends. All friends of Jack are invited to attend. 

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It is with extremely heavy hearts that USA Judo announces the unexpected passing of USA Judo national team member, Jack Hatton. We extend our sincere condolences to the Hatton Family, and Jack’s teammates, coaches and friends. Jack was one of America’s top judo players and was a multi-time medalist for USA Judo in various competitions across the globe. Jack made an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of knowing him, and he will not be forgotten. We grieve with the entire USA Judo and international judo community during this tough time. USA Judo is in the process of providing grief counseling services for those in need.

For those looking to pay their respects to Jack Hatton and his family:

Jack Hatton Wake
September 29, 2019 - 12:00pm-4:00pm
Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut Street, Arlington, MA 02474

Reception to share memories
September 29, 2019 - 4:30pm-8:30pm
Common Grounds, 319 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474