Orioles’ biggest fan sees 100th birthday
CHESTER — Henry T. Hartless, an Orioles fan since the Orioles knew what playing ball was about, celebrated his 100th birthday Oct. 21 at Arcadia Assisted Living. Born Oct. 20, 1917, Hartless is a lifelong fan of the Baltimore team and celebrated in style with friends and family, even receiving the designation of “Most Valuable Fan” from the team.
A former resident of Grasonville, Hartless is wellknown in the community, not only for his dedication to the Orioles, but also for his service to his church and family.
“You are truly an inspiration to us all by your example of love for God, family, and country,” said daughter Joyce Henne. “You exude kindness, compassion, and gentleness .... Thank you for showing us the way.”
For the last three years, Hartless has been a member of the Arcadia Assisted Living community in Chester. Donna Embleton, the patient advocate at Arcadia, said Hartless loves singing in their weekly groups and is particularly fond of the hymn “How Great Thou Art.”
“He really belts it out on Sunday morning,” she said.
Hartless’ family traveled from parts of Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina to be with him on Saturday and to celebrate this milestone birthday. Christine Canary, the activities coordinator at Arcadia, said they had been planning his party for a while. She reached out to the Orioles team, wrote to Smucker’s and Baltimore City, and appealed to the Residents of Centreville and Kent Island Happenings Facebook pages to see who might be interested in helping Hartless celebrate the big day.
In additon to the recognition from the Orioles, Hartless received a Certificate of Recognition from Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh, “in recognition of [Hartless’] 100th birthday and the many lives touched along the way ... in celebration of this momentous occasion and continued longevity.” Hartless was a 34-year employee of the City of Baltimore.
The “Today” show also highlighted Hartless in their Smucker’s birthday highlight, which was very exciting for all the residents to see on television, Canary said. And Hartless received an abundance of Orioles themed gifts from the community.
His favorite gift though, said Canary, was a hymn book. He had been asking for someone to bring him a hymnal, she said, and the Baptist church he attended located the original hymnal he had dedicated to wife Alice Hartless years ago.
Jesse Poole, daughter of Arcadia’s owner Donna Poole, said she was very pleased to have everyone gather to celebrate Hartless’ special day.
“Henry is also the resident corn hole board champion,” Poole noted with a smile.
Said Hartless, ever hopeful of his favorite team, “They didn’t do too good this year, but they’ll be better next year.”
And his secret to living to the notable age of 100? “Just take it one day at a time,” he said.
Surrounded by family from Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, Henry Hartless of Chester celebrates his 100th birthday on Saturday, Oct. 21.
Henry Hartless, lifelong Orioles fan, celebrates his 100th birthday.