Rowley — Leo J. Hart passed away unexpectedly at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. Leo was born in Chicago, Ill., the son of the late Alys Monson and Leo Hart. After graduating from high school in Piscataway, N.J., Leo served as a drill sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era. Leo moved to Gloucester in the early 1970s and remained on the North Shore.
Leo enjoyed pursuits of all kinds. He was a woodworker, carpenter, fisherman and sailor who delivered boats up and down the East Coast, to the Caribbean and Great Britain. Leo was an exceptional artist, designer and craftsman who produced unique creations. His works include the "rocking dory" and "rocking toys" (seals, orcas dolphins), the "altar" stage backdrop for St. Peter's Fiesta in 1985, the swan boat for the movie "Flowers in the Attic" in 1987, Mail Mobiles (whales, doves, storks), furniture, memorable logos, graphic designs, business signage, upholstery and canvas products. Leo had two business workshops first on Rocky Neck in Gloucester and then on Route 1 in Rowley. Leo also enjoyed his time as a graphic design teacher at the former Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield. He loved being a soccer coach for his son's team, the Cougars, in the 1990s. Leo's favorite pursuit was to make friends, which he did easily. Leo loved to converse, joke, argue and share with everyone.
Leo was the loving husband of Jennifer Parker; father of their daughter, Tori Parker Hart; and his son with Linda (Barrows) Hart, Andrew Michael Hart. He is also survived by his brothers, James Hart and Michael Hart; and sisters, Barbara (Hart) Ward, Loretta (Hart) Bromley and Helena (Hart) Hughes, as well as many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition, Leo is survived by his many wonderful friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: A celebration of life will be held for Leo's family and friends at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main St., Essex, on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 1 to 6 p.m. For more information, please email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.