John Schuyler Hart, 81, of Hamden, husband of Patricia Hughes Hart, passed away on October 12 at Whitney Manor. He was born on November 12, 1932 in Bridgeport, Connecticut and grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. John graduated from Northfield Mt. Hermon and from Amherst College in the class of 1955. He served in the U.S Army in Korea from 1956-1957. John worked at the John Hancock Insurance Company for 25 years as the General Agent in charge of the Hamden office. He went on to own a successful Bailey Employment Agency and worked until retirement as a consultant at IMI in New Haven. He was a member and past President of the New Haven Country Club and a longtime board member and past President of the Easter Seals Goodwill Industries in New Haven. John was an avid golfer, but was happiest doing driving of a different kind - cars! He drove for Hertz for over 10 years and could tell you 10 different ways to get to Port Newark. Most of all, he loved being at home with Patricia, his wife of 62 years. Many say that they 'broke the mold' with John. He had a big personality, he was compassionate, and he had a great sense of humor. Besides Patricia, John is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Sam Docknevich of Hopkinton, Massachusetts; his two sons and their wives, Robert and Donna Hart of North Branford, CT and Scott and MaryAnn Hart of Gilford, New Hampshire; and his seven grandchildren, Kate, Eric, Rob, John, Kyle, Michael, and David. He was predeceased by his sister Suzanne. Friends may visit with his family from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, October 15 at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. Funeral service and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the SARAH Foundation, www.sarahfoundation.org , 246 Goose Lane, Suite 104, Guilford, CT 06437.

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  1. I was an employee at NHCC for a long time. Mr. Hart was always a straight shooter and a person who expected the same. I feel John was a person who respected everyone he encountered. He was truly one of a kind and will be missed. Chef Bill Savastano

  2. I was so very sad to hear the news. I have so many wonderful memories of visiting with John and Pat in Florida that will always make me smile. John’s never ending compassion and love for his family and friends was so was as big as the ocean! My Dad and John were two peas in the same pod and I am sure that they are together again golfing away in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Beth Ann Staley

  3. John was a person you could love and trust. Ingredients that are all to often hard to find in someone. He loved you for what you stood for not for who you might be. He loved his family , country , friends and life . He never complained and always tried to make things better for all of us. Among my happiest times at the New Haven Country Club were the times I spent with him. He will be missed but I take comfort knowing he is now with other distinguished former members of the club. God bless his soul.

  4. Pat, Laurie, Scott and Rob, I have such wonderful and fond memories of your husband and father..He always had such a great sense of humor and smile..While it had been many years since we last connected, he is a permanent part of my past and memories..Thinking of you and prayers coming your way..

  5. Such great memories of baseball games in North Haven, many years ago with the Harts!! Our deepest sympathies are with all the Harts.

  6. We were so saddened by the news. He was one of a kind and he will be missed. I am sure the story telling has already begun in heaven and I am certain there was a huge welcoming party given by my dad! We are thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers. love, The Richardsons

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