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Beloved husband of 60 years to Gene Hart, passed peacefully on Monday, April 14, 2014. Born April 8, 1931, in Manhattan, NY to Joe and Ruth Ann Hart. Big Ger and Gene raised six children and boast frequently of their 21 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Big Ger attended Brooklyn Prep HS, West Point Military Academy, as well as Kansas State University and Columbia University. He was active and involved in many organizations including the Iron and Steel Institute, the Economic Club of Detroit, served as chairman of the Pope John XXIII Hospitality House as well as a board member of the Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center. He was also proud of his affiliation with Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Kappa Psi Business fraternity. His professional career was highlighted by 30 years at J&L/LTV, followed by another ten years split between Fruehauf and Dietrich Industries. In his spare time, he worked over a decade in the NFL and USFL as a football official after playing in the NFL for the Detroit Lions and SF 49ers. Before that, his athletic highlights included NCAA heavy weight boxing title and having played on the last undefeated West Point football team. He was an avid golfer and, over the years, a proud member of Oakland Hills, Bloomfield Hills and Oakmont Country Clubs where he shot his only hole in one! Carrying the torch and advancing his zest for life includes: son, Kevin (Peggy) Hart and their children, Michael, Patrick, Ryan, Caitlin and Brendan; daughter, Mary (Kirk) Ferentz and their children, Brian, Kelly, Joanne (Tyler), James and Steven; son, Joe (Mary Elaine) Hart and their children, Maureen, Catherine, Kevin and Michael; daughter, Bunny (Tim) Bennett and their children Madison and Tom; daughter, Patty (Girard) Phillips and their children, Joe, Matt, Annie and Jimmy; daughter, Margie (Wade) Souza and their son, Ben and finally, Brian (first grandchild) and Nicole Ferentz delivered his first great- granddaughter, Presley. Today we are counting our blessings for having him in our lives and are confident Big Ger's spirit will live on through all of us whose lives he so lovingly touched. No visitation. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Scholastica Church, 309 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Family Hospice, 50 Moffett St. Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Arrangements by WEDDELL - AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Apr. 16 to May 7, 2014.
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December 14, 2017
Mr. Hart was my boss at J&L steel company. Great person. Died too you g
Carol Bennett Boocock
April 6, 2015
RIP Big Ger You were the best. Pete and Patti Dellovade
April 5, 2015
Sorry to learn of Gerry's passing. Did Gerry play football while in the army at Fort Bliss?
May 24, 2014
Although we only met the Harts a few times Gerry made a lasting impression on us all. He was a man that you could respect & admire and at the same time be baffled by his stories. I could only wish that someone could lead the life he did. The leeson to us all is that never give in, never stop, and get out of life as much as you can. He had one heck of a run.
Tom Raleigh
May 9, 2014
I will always remember his wit, his great/hysterical stories, and his teasing! He was a man of strength, who instilled love, respect, and caring to everyone around him and he will be sorely missed...blessings, xoxo Mike & Susan Keith
April 22, 2014
Kevin. Sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He set us up on a ski trip at Doak Walkers ski resort. Your dad was a fun man sorry again. Tom Rex
April 21, 2014
Big Ger was one of my favorite clients. I loved when he came in with Gene and talked about his grandchildren. He was never without a smile or story. He will be sorely missed.
With deep sympathy,
Renee Bestic (Lambs & Ivy)
April 18, 2014
Sincere sympathy,Gerry was one of the good guys! Paul & Nancy MacLeod
April 18, 2014
My wife, Susan, and I have many fond memories of Gerry, Gene and their wonderful family. What a great guy Gerry was, and a joy to spend time with. We feel fortunate for having known him and remember him as a great man, boss, and friend.
Susan and Gerry Curtin
Roswell, GA
April 17, 2014
he will be missed. A great man and a a lot of fun to be around. I am sure he is suiting up for a big game right now (He and Paterno taking on Vince Lombardi).
April 17, 2014
Proud to have known Gerry . My kids loved his corny jokes . He was a tremendous golf host and an overall great guy. My deepest sympathies to his wonderful wife Gene and family.
Paul Walsh
April 16, 2014
A great man, a great family. Love and prayers from Ronnie & Amy Shorts.
April 16, 2014
Rest in peace my friend. Pete and Patti Dellovade
April 16, 2014
We were very sorry to hear of Gerry's passing. I will remember him fondly, walking down our street with his black dog and telling story after story!! Sincere condolences to Gene and her family.
The Mangolds
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