Richard Hartley

Obituary of Richard Hartley

Richard W. Hartley, 60, passed away suddenly on May 11th at his Lower Providence Township, PA home. He and his wife, Karen Vivo Hartley, were married November 18th, 1987, in Los Angeles, CA during their two years long travel around the US. They formerly resided in North Wales, PA and East Norriton, PA.  


Born February 21, 1958 in Aliwal North, South Africa, and growing up in Cape Town, he was the son of the late Frank and Patricia (Sankey) Hartley. He was a graduate of Sea Point Boys High in Cape Town, South Africa.


Rich traveled to Europe for a year and met his future wife Karen in Amsterdam. After they worked in London, Rich returned to Cape Town with Karen in tow.  After arriving in America in December 1986, Rich traveled the US with Karen for two years, working in Ft. Lauderdale, San Francisco, Vail and Lake Geneva, WI before settling down in Pennsylvania.


Rich was a successful technical recruiter for many years.  He was a collector of license plates, and he enjoyed antiquing and scouring flea markets.  Camping was one of his favorite ways to see the country, relax with friends and enjoy nature. 


In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Alexander Hartley of Denver, CO, and Andrew Hartley at home; a brother, Peter Hartley and his wife, Cathy, of Edgemead, South Africa and their children and grandchildren Jennifer and Justin Marsh parents of Jordan and Kyla, Chris and Candice Hartley parents of Gia and Jake; and a twin sister, Georgia Haye and her husband, Willy, of Sandbaai, South Africa and their son Glenn and Carmen parents of Logan, Eli and Evania.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Glenda Doertenbach.


Relatives and friends are invited to call for visitation beginning at 10:30AM and to attend his memorial service at 11AM on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Bethel Hill United Methodist Church, 2000 Bethel Rd., Lansdale, PA. A luncheon will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Amnesty International at Arrangements are by the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. of Skippack, PA. Online condolences may be made to the family at