Former Elizabethtown resident Norman E. Hart, 95, of Clearwater, Fla., passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013, in a Clearwater nursing home following a stroke in 2012 that left him incapacitated.
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Norman was born in Grayson County on July 29, 1917, and moved to Elizabethtown as a youngster. He attended public schools there and graduated from Elizabethtown High School.
During World War II, he worked for the Curtiss-Wright Corporation as a mold loft draftsman helping to fabricate aircraft, particularly the C-46 Commando cargo plane that the company manufactured for the U.S. military. He worked at company plants in both Louisville and St. Louis. He returned to Elizabethtown after the war and in the early 1950s opened one of the first television repair shops in the state of Kentucky.
In 1957, Norm and his family moved to Clearwater where he established a successful radio and television repair shop and operated it for nearly three decades.
He was very proud of having been commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 1977 by the governor and secretary of state. Norm also was a longtime licensed amateur (ham) radio operator with a call sign of K4AKU, having been granted those call letters by the Federal Communications Commission in 1955.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Evelyn Routt Hart, formerly of LaRue County and Elizabethtown; two sons David (Elda) Hart of Clearwater and Daniel (Lorrie) Hart of Ocklawaha, Fla.; two daughters, Mary Ann Hart of Wauchula, Fla., and Nancy Hart of Tallahassee, Fla.; a brother, Carl, of Signal Hill, Calif.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three nieces; and two nephews.
A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Moss-Feaster Funeral Home in Dunedin, Fla., with fellowship at 10 a.m.
Published in The News-Enterprise on July 4, 2013