Chestertown, MD — Peter M. Hart Sr., 93, born November 3, 1919, passed away peacefully at home on November 6, 2012. Peter was the son of Alfred Lucius Hart and Anne Chase Hart Mott of Waterbury, Conn.
He attended several schools including The Fessenden School, Cheshire Academy and The Gunnery School. He played jazz clarinet in his prep school band and developed a life long passion for classical music. He later attended the Yale Night School after serving as a captain in the Army Air Corp from 1942-1945.
He was a lover of sail and motor boats, small planes and a pilot of cargo planes in Alaska and Canada during World War II. Peter met the love of his life Margaret Jenks Lay in Hollywood, Calif. in the early 1940's. They married in 1943 and had five children. He worked in a few Waterbury industrial plants, then later became a manufacturer's representative and established the Hart, Nininger & Campbell & Associates firm in Woodbury,Conn. in the late 1950's.
Peter, Margaret and family moved to Gloucester, in 1971 and later lived part time in Guernsey and St. Martin.
He was also an early champion of modern architecture and lived in houses designed by Burt Brosmith near Naples, Fla. and in Nevis, West Indies. Peter and Margaret retired to Chestertown, Md. in 1984.
Peter was predeceased by sisters, Suzanne Hart Conklin (1999), Constance Hart LeGoaer (2012); brother, Dr. Thomas Hart (2004) and son, Alfred L. Hart II (1974). He is survived by his sister, Nancy Hart of Orleans; beloved wife Margaret Jenks Lay Hart; son, Peter Murray Jr. and his wife Martha Kite Hart of Gloucester; Martha Anne Hart Honders of Newcastle, Nevis, West Indies; John and Lori Pearson-Hart of Lynn and Angela Hart Smith and Greg Smith of Chestertown, MD. He's also survived by grandchildren, Alexandra Hart of Redding,Calif., Emelyn Hart of Pemba, Mozambique, William Hart of Camp Hill, Pa., Augustus Honders of Jacksonville, Fla., Kelsey and Dana Griffin of Chestertown, Md. and three great-grandchildren, Joshua, Bella & Josiah.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be private and a life celebration party will be held at a later date in Chestertown. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in honor of the Alfred L Hart II Prize
payable to Rumsey Hall School, Romford Road, Washington, CT. 06793.