Jerome Joseph Hart
1965 - 2020
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WELLSVILLE - Jerome Joseph Hart, 55, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at the Hart Comfort House following a hard fought three year battle with stage IV colon cancer.

He was born Feb. 9, 1965 in Wellsville, the son of the late Gerald Charles and Mary Ellen (Connor) Hart. On Sept. 24, 1988 in Wellsville he married Nancy Anderson, who survives.

Jerome was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School and a 1983 graduate of Wellsville High School. He graduated from Niagara University in May of 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology. He was a member of the New York National Guard, 442nd Aviation Black Heart Unit. He also served nine years in the United States Army Reserve, 98th Division, attaining the rank of Captain. He was a part-time dispatcher for the Wellsville Police Department prior to entering the New York State Police in 1988, where he retired as a BCI Investigator in 2009. His previous assignments were in "B" Troop, SP Gouveneur; "A" Troop, SP Falconer, SP Wellsville, and SP Amity. Jerome was involved from an early age in the operations of Hart Memorials. He became the owner in 2004 and continued to operate the business until his death. In addition, he co-owned "From The Hart" an Irish Imports and Gifts business in downtown Wellsville.

Jerome was a member, usher, and grounds chairman, of the Immaculate Conception Parish. He served on the Immaculate Conception School Board, taught Physical Education and Health at ICS in the spring of 1992, and was a recess monitor for 20 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 919, and the Olean Assembly 721, Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus. He was an active member of the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company #3, for 35 years. He served as Fire Chief of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department from 2005 to 2007, and President of the Wellsville Fire Board. He was a Life Member of the Volunteer Firemen's Association of Allegany County and the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen.

He was also a member of the Morrison Hayes Post 702, American Legion; Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 702; American Legion Riders; Frank B. Church Post 2530, VFW; Allegany County Voiture 1006, 40/8; charter member and past president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495; Wellsville Moose Lodge 601; social member of the Greenwood American Legion Post 1425; member and past chairman of the Allegany County American Red Cross Board, life member of the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club, member of the Oswayo Valley, Andover, Whitesville, and Genesee Rod & Gun Clubs; the HM Hunting Club, St. Mary's Cemetery Association (Kinney, Pa.); Sacred Heart Cemetery Board, member and Past President of the Wellsville Rotary Club; American Association of State Troopers; and the Allegany Mountains Chapter of Former New York State Troopers.

Jerome was a beef farmer from 1991 to 2012. He was a strong supporter of the Hart Comfort House, and many other charities. He loved hunting, fishing, the great outdoors, a good pig roast, time spent with family and friends, a hearty laugh, and a good joke.

In addition to his wife, Nancy, Jerome is survived by a son, Jerome J. Hart II; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Hart; five sisters, Ellen (Bob) Wartella, Oneida, NY, Kathleen (Pat) Godfrey, Lake Ridge, Va., Nora (Craig) Burdick and Gabrielle (Rich) Ewell of Wellsville; Margaret (Mark) Reuter, Denver, CO,; and four brothers, Thomas (Cindy) Hart of Pittsburgh, Pa., Colin Hart of Fredonia, NY; Jonathan (Dawn) Hart of Grand Island, NY; and Joseph (Christy) Hart of Wellsville; a sister and brother-in-law, Denise and John Richardson of Boalsburg, PA; as well as several beloved nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased in addition to his parents by his father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Marjorie Anderson.

The New York State Police and the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company #3 will pay tribute to Jerome as they lead the funeral procession along Main Street in Wellsville on Saturday, May 9, 2020, beginning at 1 p.m. A private graveside service with military honors will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. A time of visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, the Immaculate Conception School, or the Emerald Hook and Ladder Company #3.

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Published in Wellsville Daily Reporter on May 3, 2020.
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18 entries
May 17, 2020
I remember the friendship that Jerome had with my father, Ernest Kosa. At the graveside for my father, Jerome spoke kindly and fondly of him. I will always remember his words. Jerome also made a lasting impression of my son, Shelby, by giving good advice when he was a teenager. My brother, Gary, also shares in the sadness to learn of Jerome's passing.
Linda Kosa
May 10, 2020
So sad to hear of the passing of Jerome, A true loss too the Village of Wellsville , A role model for others to look up to , His was a life full of purpose in all that he did , A loving compassionate person to all that knew him , A Prince of a man .
Todd beck
May 10, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Todd beck
May 9, 2020
Our hearts are with the entire Hart family as they get through this difficult time. He was a wonderful guy and it's obvious by how he was so deeply loved and cared for through his sickness. Take comfort that he is at peace now.

Much Love,
The Hornsbys
Newmarket, NH
May 9, 2020
Nancy, JJ and Liz -- Love you all. Our hearts will be with you all tomorrow. Love, Mag, Mark, Allie, Connor and Jack
The Reuter Family
May 7, 2020
Sincere condolences to Jerome's family and to all of his friends. May he rest in eternal peace.
Timothy Streb
May 7, 2020
Jerome, I know you are in peace. Thank you for your friendship, camaraderie & support all those years ago at, it just doesn't seem that long ago.....Look down us as we too complete our journey. Rest assured we all will be looking up to you.....until we meet again...
Joe Bantelman
May 7, 2020
To the Hart Family,

The world lost an incredeable person, but we will never lose the memories to our good friend Jerome.

You made us feel at home in our second home (the USA).

Twan & Natasja, Boekel, The Netherlands
May 6, 2020
To the Hart family, We are so sorry for the loss of Jerome. He was a great guy and will be missed. Sending love, hugs & prayers that God will help you through this difficult time. Our deepest condolences.

Dorina & Dennis Kelsey
Dorina & Dennis Kelsey
May 5, 2020
May 5, 2020
The Giovanniello family send our condolences. He always added a bright spot to our day.
Mary Giovanniello
May 5, 2020
Hart Family;
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Please accept my condolences.
Jerry Baldwin
Jerry Baldwin
May 5, 2020
So sorry for your loss. I remember Jerome trading pickled leeks for dilly beans with my Mom. Duck a nice guy.
Kathy Babcock/Ueblacker
May 4, 2020
I am so sorry Nancy I will miss Jerome his smile and his kindness to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Betty Del Vecchio
May 4, 2020
I'll always have fond memories of Jerome. When visiting Wellsville, he always had a quick smile and warm welcome for me. Please accept my condolences and know that my thoughts and prayers are with everyone during this difficult time.
Jay Dean
May 3, 2020
I am sorry for your loss and extend my deepest sympathy to Nancy and all the Hart family.
Sharon Hedrick-Ash
May 3, 2020
To Nancy and the entire Hart Clan my condolences.
To Jerome, I raise my glass, Sláinte!
May 3, 2020
My deepest condolences to Colin, Tom, Nora and the entire Hart Family. Jerome was a friend of the Allens and a great person for sure. Gone way too soon he will be missed.
Kevin Allen
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