Milton J. Hart Jr.- Delmar
Milton J. Hart Jr., formally of Berne died peacefully on February 7, 2022. Born on February 6, 1926, in Albany, NY, the only son of the late Milton J. and Eugenia (Willsey) Hart. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Ruth Bridger Hart.
Following his graduation from Berne-Knox High School in 1944, he served in the US Army during WWII with the 20th Armored Division, who participated in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. He received several awards including the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star. Upon his military discharge, he returned to Berne where he owned and operated Frank Hart & Son Agway until he retired in 2000.
Milton was a lifelong member of the First Reformed Church of Berne, serving several terms as a deacon and elder. He was a member and past chief of the Berne Volunteer Fire Company and a commissioner of the Berne Fire District. He was also a life member of the American Legion Post #977 and the VFW Post #4787.
Milton and Ruth enjoyed boating, camping and traveling. They also enjoyed visiting state capitals and visited many on annual trips to his Army reunions throughout the US. After retiring, he enjoyed time in his workshop working on home projects. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Milton is survived by his daughters, Susan (Dennis) DiMuria and Constance (Donald) Schmitt; his grandchildren: Christopher (Deanna), Adam (Trista), Emily DiMuria, Laura (Evan) Davies and Michael Schmitt. Cherished Great-Grandfather of Nicolas, AJ, Amalia, Frank, Ashlee (Patrick), Parker, Taya, and Hunter. Beloved Great Great- Grandfather of Hudson. Also surviving: his sister-in-law Beverly (Arthur) Blessin, and many nieces and nephew and a host of many special friends.
A graveside service will be held for Milton on Saturday May 7th at 11Am in the Woodlawn Berne Cemetery followed immediately by a Worship Service at the Berne Reformed Church, 1664 Helderburg Trail in Berne. Masks and social distancing required in the church.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Rev. Bob Hoffman for his many supportive visits and to the staff at Daughters of Sarah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their kindness and exceptional care at the end of Milton’s life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Reformed Church of Berne, 1664 Helderberg Trail, Berne, NY 12023 or the Berne Volunteer Fire Company, PO 187, Berne, NY 12023. Future service information will appear on Fredendallfuneralhome.com.