Remembering Sid Hartman one year after his passing

We also revisit the "Sidtennial", WCCO's celebration of Sid's 100th Birthday

It's now been one year since we lost the legend, the "Oracle", the incredible legacy of Sid Hartman.

There are a lot of people that Sid came in contact to over during the course of his life obviously. At the end were two very special people that unexpectedly became "close, personal friends" of Sidney.

Lacey and Larissa Lundstrom were home nurses for Sid. On the one-year anniversary of Sid’s passing, WCCO’s Mike Max talked to Lacey about not just a patient, but a friend and what he meant in their lives.

“I told them I was like you could not die on my watch, you can die on my sister's watch, but not my watch,” Lacey said. “And sure enough he does exactly what you tell him not to do.  I was pretty frustrated. But if anybody could die with dignity and still maintain like the ambience of being like alpha male, Sid died like any true pioneer. Fully coherent, fully aware, and if there is a good way to die, Sid Hartman did it.”

Sid broke his hip a few years ago, and had gone into the hospital. In typical Sid Hartman fashion, he said there was no way he is staying there for extended rehab. He was told he would need some help and that’s where Lacey and Larissa came into his life.

“Sid was a classic example of if the die has been cast, it's been cast,” Lacey explains. “There's no changing them. But if you learn to love him, you get to see heaven and he put me through the ringer many, many times. But he taught me so many things and I think the highest honor that anybody can have is discipleship and I'm probably like the closest thing that he had to it just because we spent so much time together. Living that close to a legend, it's really, really hard to put in words. What I'll say is, I'll never be the same. I felt so blessed and honored.”

To explain how difficult the job was for Lacey, she was forced to set him straight at times because what he wanted to do was in conflict with what was best for him from a health standpoint.

“We’d be at Gopher basketball, you kind of sit lower at the men's basketball thing,” says Lundstrom. “But I'd be telling him, now just follow me, now listen to me. And he's like, I'm gonna do it like I want to do it. And we would be looking like we'd be having a domestic, almost at the point of security coming over. People would be like, hey, can I help them? Just walk away like you didn't see anything. Just walk away.”

COVID did not claim Sid Hartman, to be clear about that. However, it certainly made his life difficult. Sid was a man who's energy, his battery, was generated from being with other people. Sid was in the presence of people all of his life.

“All I can say is it’s like a degeneration of somebody who probably would have lived forever,” says Lundstrom.  “Life is only worth living if you have something to love, and watching somebody lose what they love was super, super hard.  COVID itself didn't kill him, but the lack of what he loved to