Richard Hart

Richard Hart Sr.

Friday, February 10th, 1950 - Friday, October 16th, 2020
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Best Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather and Great-grandfather

WOLCOTT – Richard Joseph “Poppy” Hart Sr., age 70 of Wolcott, passed away peacefully on Friday October16, 2020 at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care Unit, surrounded by the love and comfort of his family after an extended illness. He was the husband of Janet (Hall) Hart for 39 loving years.

Richard was born in Waterbury on February 10, 1950 to the late Betty Perugini and Edward Hart. Richard and his wife Janet made their home in Wolcott. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam war as a medic in Okinawa and Guam. He was a caring and dedicated nurse for 40+ years. He started as an LPN then returned to school for his R.N. then B.S.N. He worked at Waterbury Hospital for 18 years and then at Cedar Lane Rehab and finally, Hospital for Special Care for 26 years until his retirement in 2015. He was an avid golfer. He played at East Mountain, Stanley, and Hunters golf courses. He also enjoyed woodworking. He made many lawn ornaments and furniture. He also loved music even though he couldn’t carry a tune.

Left to honor Richards’s love and legacy besides his wife Janet is his son Richard J. Hart Jr. and his children Grace and Adam, Richard’s daughter Vonnie Hart and her son Jelani, his sisters Peggy(Donald) Difronzo, Cynthia(Lee) Conard, Marylou Hopkins, and Audrey Hart, and his brothers Harry (Cindy) Hart and Tommy (Debbie) Hart, his Step-daughter, Cassy Diogostine, her husband John Diogostine and her son David Morin and his wife Meghan Morin along with their children Lincoln and Rowan, Cassy’s son John Morin and his wife Christine and their son Jordan, and Cassy and John Diogostine’s son Damon Diogostine. Richard also left behind many nieces, nephews and cousins. Richard is predeceased by his mother and father, Edward and Betty Hart and sister, Sharon Ouellette and brother, David Hart.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to all of his nurses that took such tremendous care of him while in the hospice unit at Saint Mary’s Hospital.

Funeral services for Richard Hart will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends may visit with his family on Friday October 23, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. at Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home, 1987 East Main St. Waterbury, CT 06705, at a “walk-through visitation” following all applicable state COVID - 19 guideline. To honor Richard’s memory, donations may be made to Saint Mary’s Hospital, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care Unit, 56 Franklin St Waterbury 06706 or to The Wolcott Ambulance, 48 Todd Rd, Wolcott, CT 06716. Friends and family are invited to leave a condolence or a personal memory on Richard’s tribute page at
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    Friday, October 23rd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 5:45pm
    Friday, October 23rd, 2020 4:00pm - 5:45pm
    Casey's Eastside Memorial Funeral Home & Tribute Center
    1987 East Main St
    Waterbury, CT 06705
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robert diorio

Posted at 05:43pm
I worked with Richard at Waterbury Hospital and we shared a apartment for a while. Richard was a dedicated care giver and friend. I remember him playing a lot of Harry Chapin. My condolences , Health Care lost a good nurse.....Robert Diorio

frank stolfi

Posted at 10:47am
Richard was a kind hearted cousin and friend. He always was fun to be with. He was also a well respected professional nurse. Peggy Stolfi's sister-in-law, Lois Iacovella, who was a nurse in the Waterbury Hospital emergency room, had high praise for Richard. A colleague of Peggy Stolfi, Jean Thomas, who is a nurse educator the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain spoke highly of Richard. It was nice to see Richard at our family reunion at Peggy and Dom DiFranzo's home. We extent our deep sympathy to all of Richard's siblings and family.

Janet Carmen HART Posted at 10:36am

Thank you so much for your kind words. He was the best friend and husband

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