At 84, Stuart Hyatt of Bellingham, Washington, scored the buzzer-beating final goal during his last game of an illustrious hockey career as he passed away quietly with family on November 20, 2017. He triumphantly battled prostate cancer for over 20 years.
Stu (no middle name) Hyatt, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend was born July 25, 1933, in Baltimore, Maryland. When he asked his mom why he had no middle name, she told him his family was too poor to afford middle names, and he believed that for years.
Stu graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1951. He continued his studies at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, and then went on to receive his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1960. His pursuit of a degree was interrupted by the draft and a stint in the United States Army, where he served as a PFC, in the US and Korea.
Stu settled into a career as an Engineer with Westinghouse. In his spare time, he was the owner/operator of Chesapeake Sporting Goods on Maryland Avenue, in Baltimore City, doing his best to promote his first true love, ice hockey, in his hometown. He retired after 31 years from Westinghouse, sold the store, and moved to Washington State to begin the next chapter of his life with his second wife, and to play more ice hockey.
Stu was a friendly guy. He would talk to everyone he came in contact with, finding something in common within mere moments, which resulted in many long-lasting friendships. Other than family, friends, and pets, Stu loved two things. First and foremost was hockey. Given the chance, he would play 365 days a year. He played across the US and Canada, as well as in Japan, until stepping off the ice at the ripe old age of 83. Secondly, Stu loved telling stories. All those who knew him heard countless stories, sometimes more than once, as he chuckled while telling each one of them.
Playing pranks was also part of Stu’s ever-present sense of humor. Oddly enough, as the stories were told, he never got caught - the other guy did!
Stu is preceded in death by his parents Sylvia Potts Hyatt and Albert Hyatt, brother Howard Hyatt, first wife Doris Feldman Hyatt, and second wife Carolyn Mergardt Hyatt.
He is survived by his third wife of 10 years, Mary Sheila Hyatt; children of his first wife, Michael Hyatt, Tracey Hyatt (spouse Julie), David Hyatt (spouse Randi); step-children of his second wife, Holly Mergardt Davis (spouse Lawrence “Lee”), Scott Mergardt, David Mergardt (spouse Teresa); grandchildren Nadia Hyatt, Aidan Hyatt; nephew Lance Hyatt (spouse Melissa); numerous cousins; and his devoted feline friend, Jack.