OTTSVILLE, Pa. – Arthur Clifford Hart Jr., 69, formerly of Chester, N.J., lost his valiant battle with ocular melanoma Thursday, April 29, 2010. He was son of the late Arthur C. Hart Sr. and Miriam (Oliver) Hart of Hampden. Arthur will be well remembered for his zest for life, his generous spirit and his passion for antique automobiles. He purchased his first car – a 1932 model B Ford at age 13 and this lead to a lifelong passion for unique automobiles. He strove for excellence and believed that a job worth doing was worth doing right. This attitude resulted in National First Prize winning car restorations and a lasting preservation of automobile history. He thoroughly enjoyed sharing his extensive knowledge and experience with others. As much as he loved working on cars, he loved to drive them – fast. Every ride with him was an adventure; he enjoyed everything about the open road, and shared this love with family and friends. Arthur was a graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, with a degree in mechanical engineering and received a Master of Science degree in engineering from a special plastics program at Princeton University. He spent the majority of his career and retired from Bell Laboratories/ Lucent Technologies in 1999, holding multiple patents in the development of optical fibers. He was a loving husband to the late Natalie (Sweetser) Hart. He will be deeply missed by his mother; brother, Forest and Susan Hart of Monroe; sister, Nancy and Paul Pfrommer of Dallas; daughters, Sara and Terry Chisholm of Middleton, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Laura and Shane Wagner of Chatham, N.J.; grandchildren, Kaitlin, Lauren, Bryson and Cameron Chisholm, Owen, Ella and Alice Wagner; and love of the last nine years, Rosie Esposito. Visitation will be held 10 a.m.-noon May 4 at William Leber Funeral Home, Chester, N.J., with a funeral service held noon. Auto enthusiasts – bringing your cars is encouraged. Family interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Chester, N.J., will be held after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Art’s memory may be made to Family Outreach Foundation, which provides assistance to New Jersey families of disabled children; Ocular Melanoma Foundation or Friends of Auburn Heights, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Stanley Steam Cars. For online condolences and information visit www.williamjleberfh.com.
ARTHUR CLIFFORD HART JR.
Posted April 30, 2010, at 8 p.m.