John Hartford, 57, of Sherman, died April 15, 2011, after a battle with throat cancer.

Mr. Hartford was born in Santa Monica, Calif., son of Marjorie Fitzgibbon and the late Huntington Hartford. He was the great-grandson of the founder of the A&P grocery chain.

Mr. Hartford studied piano, having studied privately for four years with Julliard professors Sylvia Rabinoff and Herbert Stessin.

His musical education continued with harpsichord studies under Igor Kipnis. He went on to record Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Mr. Hartford was employed by the Music Learning Center of Danbury, where he derived great joy from teaching.

In 1977, he experienced a revelation in Christ, which guided the rest of his life.

After Christ, Mr. Hartford had a place in his heart for the music of JS Bach, followed by a love of Shakespeare, Luther, Lincoln and Plato. He spent many hours in study and reflection of their works.

He was an adventurer and athlete throughout his life. He traveled extensively throughout Africa and South America.

Mr. Hartford was an avid hiker, tennis player, and rock and ice climber.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Hartford is survived by two sisters, Oonagh Jacobsen and Juliet Hartford; a brother, Peter Fitzgibbon; and many good friends, including his former wife, Kathleen Hartford.

Services and a celebration of his life will be held at St. Paul's Church in Danbury this summer.

Memorials may be made to the Ragged Mountain Foundation, P.O. Box 948, Southington, CT 06489.