May 31, 1932 ~ December 10, 2021

Born in: Springfield, MA
Resided in: Framingham, MA

Patricia Hughes Hart passed peacefully on December 10, 2021. Born in Springfield, MA on May 31, 1932, she was married to John Hart for 62 years. John predeceased her in 2014. Pat was a cherished mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Originally from Hinsdale, MA, Pat moved to the New Haven area to attend Larson College in Hamden (now Quinnipiac University), graduating as a medical technician. She worked at Yale-New Haven Hospital for many years before working with several doctors in private practices in the New Haven area. After John’s passing, Pat moved back to the site of the original Larson College, but this time as a resident of Atria Larson Assisted Living. She relocated to St. Patrick’s Manor two years ago in Framingham, MA, where she received loving and compassionate care as she battled dementia.
Pat was a lifelong volunteer. She served at the hospital, at church, at SARAH, at CT Hospice, and on the radio reading news to the blind. To us, she was the family photographer, banana cream pie maker, best gift giver, home decorator, antique collector, and family handywoman. What she taught us about family – putting family first, being honest, honoring commitments, having good manners, being the biggest cheerleader and sometimes the harshest critic – will stay with us every day of our lives. Her greatest joy in life was being with her growing family and carrying on their beloved traditions.
Pat leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Sam Docknevich of Hopkinton, MA; her two sons and their wives, Scott and MaryAnn Hart of Gilford, NH, and Robert and Donna Hart of North Branford; her seven grandchildren, Kate, Eric, Rob, John, Kyle, Michael, and David; and her great-grandchild, Ada, with another on the way in January. She also leaves her sister Robin Foss and her husband Michael, of Georgetown, MA. Funeral services will be private and are being arranged by BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.

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  1. to Pat’s daughter Laurie:

    I was saddened to read of Pat’s passing. we worked together for Dr. Robert Hurowitz and crossed paths again at Atria. I don’t think I knew she studied at Larson. she was always smiling when we crossed paths. you must have many memories of happier times. may they comfort you now.

    be well.

    • Thank you for reaching out, Robin. I remember your kindness to my mom at Atria. You were often in the lobby when I came in to visit and I remember your positive attitude despite your health issues. I didn’t realize how much of a shared history you had with Mom, especially your work with Dr. Hurowitz. I will miss Mom everyday, and I am comforted by those reaching out to share their memories of her.

      Laurie

  2. To Laurie, Scott and Rob-
    I was so saddened to hear from Scott of your Mom’s passing. Scott and I go back from his first days at Ridge Road School and I met Rob via the Ridge Road Ramblers, a motley six-man football team. Although I only met Pat a couple of times at River Road, I knew right away what a genuine and kind person she was. My deepest condolences to all. Henry Jones

    • Thank you, Henry, for reaching out. You DO go way back! Ridge Road and much simpler times. I appreciate you sharing your memories of my mother!

      Laurie

  3. To Laurie, Scott and Rob,
    We were sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. She was such a wonderful person. We shared so many great times with your Mom and Dad through the years, especially at NHCC, a place they both loved. We will always treasure those memories.
    Sincerely
    John & Marcie Walsh

    • John and Marcie,
      You were such good friends to Mom and Dad! They spoke fondly of memories from NHCC and of the many other experiences you shared. It’s because of your referral to Sandra Q. that Mom was able to live independently for as long as she did. Thank you for reaching out!

      Laurie

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