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C T M Hartley (1938-2016) (J, D 1949-56)

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Charles Thomas Michael Hartley (1938-2016) (J, D 1949-56)

Died in Nobles Hospital on 16th August 2016, aged 78

Michael Hartley spent one year in Junior House before progressing to Dickson House. He was a good rugby player and was a member of the invincible 1955 XV, coached by Dick Boyns. Although a lock forward, he was unusually mobile and distinguished himself by scoring three tries in the 42-0 victory over Birkenhead School.

After leaving College he served his articles with Shannon, Kneale and Co before qualifying as a chartered Accountant. After a spell with Albert Hill and Co he established a new accounting firm with John Edwards and worked tirelessly until his final illness, dispensing understanding and compassion to his many longstanding clients.

Outside his professional life, his great interest lay in sport. He was a founding member of Douglas RUFC and held debentures at Twickenham, and would invite friends to watch international rugby and then entertain them most generously afterwards. He was a keen follower of cricket and created C T M Hartley's XI, and over three decades his team of friends would provide opposition for Colts and Junior Colts on Thursday afternoons, after which he would provide crab baps at the Whitestone Inn. Swashbucklers was a rival team with similar aims, and the season would end when the two elevens would contest the Whitestone Cup. He also enjoyed watching Test Match cricket, both at home and abroad, in particular in Barbados. A modest, but enthusiastic golfer, Michael was a regular spectator at the British Open and at Ryder Cup matches. He was also an enthusiastic follower of the TT races, of which he had an encyclopaedic knowledge. To his family, his most memorable achievement was in September 1990, when he walked with his two sons from St Bee's Head across northern England to Robin Hood's Bay, taking twelve days to cover 198 miles.

There was a great gathering of his many friends at his funeral service at St Thomas's Church, when Andrew delivered a humorous tribute to his father.

Michael was one of the nicest men one could ever meet and he will be missed by many, many people as well as Anna, Patrick and Andrew to whom we extend our sincere condolences.

Pat Cullen