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1925-2012 PITTSFIELD Raymond H. Tart of Pittsfield died peacefully surrounded by family members on Thursday, November 15th, 2012.
Born in Pittsfield on April 10, 1925, son of the late Raymond C. and Adeline M. Aubin Tart. He attended local schools and was a 1943 graduate of Pittsfield High School.
Following graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a 3rd class petty officer aboard the USS West Virginia as a boiler tender in the South Pacific. After WWII, he returned home and later, re-enlisted aboard a floating dry dock in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, until his discharge in January 1950.
Upon his return, he was employed as a foreman at Pete's Motors. In 1961 he and Vincent Curro formed the partnership Ravin Auto Body Repair, importing the Daffodil compact car from Holland and introducing the first auto frame straightening machine in Berkshire County. In 1983, Ray left the partnership to teach auto body repair to the inmates at the Berkshire County House of Correction and at Cape Code Regional Technical High School in Brewster. He also worked part-time, for Magri's Auto Body, Quality Auto Body and Pete's in Pittsfield until his retirement in 1991.
Ray was a communicant of St. Charles Church, a life member of the VFW and American Legion Post #68. He was also a member of the Elks Club and will be remembered for the fish fry dinners, that included his special batter and home caught fish. Ray was also named Elk of the Year in 1986. One of his greatest passion's in life was fishing. He also enjoyed bowling, playing softball, picking wild mushrooms, blueberries and cooking. Ray was known for his mushroom stew, and Thanksgiving navy stuffing, traditions that were passed down to him by his father, and will be continued by his family. He loved the Red Sox and the Patriots.
He is survived by his wife, the former Shirley A. Harrington with whom he shared 65 happy years. Ray is also survived by six daughters including, Mary Lou Campbell of Stockbridge, Cynthia A. Sanford and her husband Tom, Melissa J. Patnode and her husband Lenny of Pittsfield, Shirley A. Tart of Bowden, GA., Tabitha A. Tart and Jennifer A. Ruel of Bellingham; a daughter-in-law, Mary Tart; a brother Richard D. Tart of Lee, along with 23 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
He was pre-deceased by his two sons, Raymond M. Tart and Terrence A. Tart, his son-in-law, William D. Campbell and his brother, Robert K. Tart.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held at St. Charles Church on Monday at 11:30 a.m., burial will follow in St. Josephs Cemetery. Calling hours will be held this evening beginning at 5PM at the DEVANNY-CONDRON FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Charles Church Choir, in care of the Funeral Home. The family would like to thank all caregivers who helped keep him comfortable and happy, especially Tami Bouchard, Pat Johnson, Linda Garney, Sandie Alfonso-Foisy and the outstanding staff at Springside Nursing Facility, whose devotion, compassion and care have been such a comfort to the family.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 18, 2012