Robert W. Hart, 83

September 05, 2019

Robert W. Hart, 83, of Lititz, passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born at home on his family farm in Richfield, Juniata County, PA, he was the son of the late Roy E. and Dorothy (Benner) Hart. Bob was the beloved husband of Joyce A. (Coccodrilli) Hart, whom he met while a patient at Reading Hospital. Together Bob and Joyce celebrated 58 years of marriage.

Bob began his career as an orderly at Wernersville State Hospital. He then joined the US Navy in 1955 and served as a corpsman aboard the destroyer USS Conway. After being honorably discharged in 1959 he managed several area restaurants and ultimately owned and operated both Hart’s US 30 Diner in Ronks and Hart’s Trail Diner near Duncannon PA. Bob traveled extensively with Joyce to many European and Caribbean locales and always had the nattiest attire for each occasion. He enjoyed golfing with his sons, country music and loved a medium-well steak, which he often cut into small bits to hand-feed his favorite dachshund Gabby…much to Joyce’s dismay. Bob entertained his family and friends with great, usually true yarns and was an avid fan of Penn State football. He was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church and was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by four children: Scott Hart and his wife Julie of Davenport, FL; Steve Hart and his wife Leslie of Lititz; Shawn Hart and his wife Kelly of Willow Street; and Aimee Nelson and her husband Robin of Mohnton. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his brother, Stanley Hart.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, September 12, at 11:00 AM at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 East Delp Road, Lancaster, PA 17601, where the family will receive guests beginning at 10:00 AM. Interment at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory may be offered to the Ann Barshinger Cancer Center, 2102 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, or to the St. John Neumann Catholic Church Building Fund at the above address.

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September 12, 2019

Bob was a great boss at Rt 30 diner. He was fair, funny and honest. I am saddened to see he has passed. Please be at peace that he is home with the Lord. 
Irene Witmer (Boyle)

September 11, 2019

Dear Joyce, Shawn and entire family, my deepest sympathy and prayers. May you find peace and comfort with the memories he provided and the love of each other and the support of family and friends. Respectfully, Bonnie Goloski 

September 08, 2019

My prayers and condolences to all his family and friends. Bob was a wonderful man with a big heart. He was also the best boss you would ever find. I worked at both Hart’s diner and Trail diner and I have thought about him throughout the years always with good memories.
Lynn Jones (Blank) Sellers

September 08, 2019

”ANCHORS AWEIGH”, my dear friend . HAVE A SAFE JOURNEY. I will miss you, and the many good times we had together. May OUR LORD be with you.
Your buddy.
Carl A. Storz

September 08, 2019

To the Hart family my deepest sympathy for Bobs passing. 
Kathy Belfiglio

September 08, 2019

We give our deepest sympathies to you and your family our prayers are with you
Norris and Theresa Lively

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Lancaster, PA
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