After a long and well lived life, John W. Hart, 95, of Camden, passed away Jan. 27 at Sussman House with family by his side. John was born in Germantown, Pa. on Sept. 30, 1925, to Frank and Gladys Hart. He spent his youth and attended school in Ridley Park, Pa., and summered in Camden at the Elm Street home of his grandparents, Dr. Willis and Mary Hart (now the Hartstone Inn). During those summertime visits, he met his wife-to-be, Nellie Ames.

After graduating from high school, John served overseas in the Army during World War II. Upon discharge, he came back to the States and attended the University of Delaware, where he received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He returned to Camden, and John and Nellie were married June 26, 1949, at the Chestnut Street Baptist Church. They settled in Camden, where they worked, raised their family, actively participated in the community, and remained the rest of their lives.

John served on the Camden Fire Dept. and Rescue for many years, and was an active member of the Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School, attended church services and served on numerous committees. He worked as a caretaker for the Watson/Symington family estate for 50 years, until he retired at 86 years young. He spent his retirement doing what he loved most — working outside, gardening, and spending time with his family.

After 69 years of marriage, he was predeceased by his wife, Nellie, in 2018. In addition to his wife Nellie, he was predeceased by his parents, Gladys and Frank Hart of Camden; mother- and father-in-law, Harold and Edna Ames, of Camden; brother- and sister-in-law, David and Priscilla Hart, and their son, David, of Camden; sister-in-law, Mary Heald and her husband, Charlie, of Lincolnville, and brother-in-law, Leslie Ames and his wife, Faith, of South China.

He leaves behind a large family — son, Steven Hart and wife, Judy, of Camden, son, John Hart, of Camden, daughter, Jean Stack and husband, Bill, of Gilmanton Iron Works, N.H.; nieces, Sharon Hart, of Waterville, Pamela Ames, of Sidney, and Nancy Jamann and husband, Fred, of Nazareth, Pa., nephews, Mike Ames, of Newport, Alan Heald, of Saylorsburg, Pa., and Jeffrey Heald and wife, Cheri, of Endicott, N.Y.; grandchildren, Christopher Hart, wife, Sarah, and their children, Grace and Sam, of Falmouth, Elizabeth Hendrick and her children, Mirabelle, Briar, Caleb, Gavin and Mason, of Camden, Vanessa Thomann, husband Kergan and their children, Kergan and Ethan, of Lincolnville, and Christie Stack, husband, Dustin Wiedeman, and their daughter, Willow, of Lebanon.

The Hart family would like to express their utmost gratitude and thanks to Sue Cooney, for her devoted friendship to John and their every Tuesday morning coffee and muffin “dates” which he so eagerly looked forward to; Elaine Davis, for her life-long friendship and all of her help; neighbors, Ben and Sophie Todd, for always keeping an eye out for John and lending a helping hand when he would get himself in a pickle (which he often did!); and the staff at Camden District Nursing, Maine Home Health, and Clearbrook Senior Care, for their loving, devoted and dedicated care and compassion that allowed both John and Nellie to remain in their home of 58 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camden District Nursing. A graveside celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at Maplewood Cemetery in Lincolnville. Condolences may be shared with the family at Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home in Camden.