Hart, David Kenneth
October 7, 2016
David (Dave) Kenneth Hart died unexpectedly at home in the early afternoon hours of October 7th at the age of 67. Born and raised in Piqua, OH, Dave was very proud of his small town, mid-America heritage. Following graduation from Piqua High School, Dave served his country as an Army Artillery 1st Sgt including a tour in Vietnam. Returning to the states he began his public safety career as a Piqua police officer and later became a Piqua firefighter. He later moved to Sarasota and became employed in the private sector loss prevention and security business. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office beginning as a deputy on their Beach Patrol and later in his career specialized in crime prevention/community policing. He rose through the ranks to Lieutenant before retiring after 27 years of service.
Dave met the love of his life Cindy Zadra Hart in Sarasota and they were married almost 36 years. Their marriage produced a son Ryan David Hart who became his father's best friend. One of Dave's proudest moments was the birth of his first grandchild last year.
Dave was an accomplished athlete and fierce competitor having won numerous events and competitions during his lifetime. Additionally, he was an avid astronomer and photographer and his works were enjoyed by all his family and friends. He loved tending to his beautiful landscape and numerous and varied exotic plants along with a new found interest in bonsai and tagging monarch butterflies that would visit his garden.
Dave was an active member and supporter of Incarnation Catholic Church. He lived his faith by the way he treated all those he met and accordingly was loved and respected by all.
Dave is survived by his wife Cindy, son Ryan (Lori-Ann), grandson Lucas and sisters Kathy Moore and Patti Kennedy. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers.
Visitation will be on Wednesday (12th) from 6:00-8:00 pm at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, 40 N. Orange Ave. A mass will be held Thursday beginning at 9:30 at Incarnation Catholic Church, 2901 Bee Ridge Rd followed by burial at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Rd 72 beginning at 12:30.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society via Incarnation Catholic Church.
Published in Herald Tribune on Oct. 11, 2016.