Herman E. Hart
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AGE: 91 • Island Heights
Herman E. Hart, 91, of Island Heights, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 22, 2011 at Community Medical Center in Toms River. He was born in New York City on July 7, 1919 to Edward and Martha Hart. Raised in the Bronx, he was very proud of his Finnish Heritage. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in the winter of 1937, and was a New York City Shot Put record holder and a Life Guard at Pelham Bay. Due to a childhood injury of partial blindness he was unable to fight for the U.S. during WW II. Herman supported his country in the construction of military bases and the construction at the Oak Ridge Atomic Facility. In 1943 he worked at Lakehurst Naval Air Base erecting the last two hangars. Herman later started his own business, Holmart Construction in Lavallette and was very proud of all the homes and businesses he built or renovated in Ocean County. He lived in Lakewood from 1943 to 1971 and Lavallette from 1971 until moving to Island Heights in 1990. Herman was a member of the Lavallette Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, and served as Welfare Director. He also served as a member of Island Heights Board of Health. Herman was a member of Carpenters Local Union 2018 of Ocean County for 72 years; Sunrise Lodge 288, F&AM, Toms River for 50 years; Lakewood Elks; and past president of Seaside Rotary Club and was a recipient of the distinguished Paul Harris Fellow award. Up until he was 70 he was an avid athlete, bowler, golfer, and a participant of Masters Track and Field. As years went on he enjoyed watching sports and his view of the Toms River and Barnegat Bay.
He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Florence Duberg Hart in 1999. Surviving are his beloved children, James E. Hart and his wife Barbara and Susan A. Hart; and his cherished grandchildren Jamie Sue Hart and Christian E. Hart.
A celebration of Herman's life will be announced at a later date. Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home in Toms River is in charge of a private cremation. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Island Heights First Aid Squad, PO Box 1027 Island Heights NJ 08732 or Island Heights Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 316, Island Heights, NJ 08732 in Herman's memory.
Published in Asbury Park Press from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2011