SOUTHAMPTON - Richard W. Ahart, 87, of Southampton, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton.
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He was born May 9, 1927, in Candor, New York, the son of Alton and Ethel (Warner) Ahart.
Richard was a retired inventory control manager for Agway in Westfield. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II serving in the occupation of Germany.
Richard was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Northampton. He was a member of both Southampton and Candor Historical Societies, a member of the Southampton Historical Commission and their representative to the Master Plan Implementation Committee. He served on the Hampshire County Interfaith Shelter Management Committee from its inception and volunteered at shelters during shelter season. In 2010, he received the Kimball W. Howes Paragon Award for a lifetime of inspiring volunteer leadership.
Richard is survived by his wife of 56 years Virginia (Hilfiker) Ahart; two sons, Thomas Ahart and wife Susan of Pennsylvania, and Mark Ahart and wife Beth of Southampton, one daughter Roxanne Pin and husband Clem, Jr., of Huntington; one brother, Alan Ahart and wife Jean of Candor, New York; two sisters, Carolyn Roberts and Rita Quinlan and husband Fred, all of Candor, New York; and and six grandchildren, Clement, III, of New York, Chad Pin of Huntington, Bert and Martha Ahart of Southampton, and Cecelia and Richard Ahart of Pennsylvania.
He was predeceased by one sister, Barbara Sanders.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, July 6, at 3 p.m. in Christ United Methodist Church, 271 Rocky Hill Road (Route 66), Northampton, MA. Visiting time will precede the service from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.
Gifts in Richard's memory may be given to Christ United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 701, Northampton, MA 01061, or to the Friends of the Homeless, P.O. Box 60398, Florence, MA 01062.
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Mitchell Funeral Home
15 Park Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 1, 2014