- Obed Arthur Hart, 89, died on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Tall Pines in Belfast after a period of declining health. Born in Hope on January 27, 1928, he was the son of Arthur L. and Agnes (Fuller) Hart. A life-long resident of Hope, Obed was a member of the Class of 1946 at Camden High School and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. On June 22, 1952, he married Faith Ludwig.
Obed was employed for 35 years with the State of Maine Dept. of Transportation retiring as a division superintendent. He then went to work for Richard an Ann Bresnahan in Hope as their caretaker where he worked for 25 years. The grounds and especially the blueberries at the Bresnahan's farm were meticulously cared for by Obed as if it were his own property. He also found great satisfaction and enjoyment attending the activities and events of his grandchildren. Obed's daily routine during his retirement years started at 6 a.m. at the Hope General Store enjoying a cup of coffee and a game of cribbage with Ronnie Wright and Wayne Berry.
His other activities included being a volunteer fireman and fire chief of the Hope Fire Department, served on the road committee for the Town of Hope, a member of the Hatchet Mountain Snowriders Club, life member of the Hope Historical Society, Hope Grange, and member of the American Legion Post #30 in Camden. In addition, Obed was a 60+ year member of Amity Masonic Lodge #60, Scottish Rites, Lodge Chapter, Anah Shriners of Bangor and an aide emeritus, Waldo County Shrine Club, Mid-Coast Shrine Club, Bangor-Brewer Shrine Club, and the Royal Order of Jesters, Bangor Court #150.
Surviving are his three sons, Daniel Hart and his wife, Julie of Bethel; Paul Hart of Rockland; and Andrew and his wife, Sherry of Rockport; seven grandchildren, Lauren, Lindsay, Joshua, Casey, Christopher, Kayla and Connor; a sisters, Virginia Olson of Northport, Joanne Davis of Florida; several nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Ann Leadbetter and her husband, Ron of Hope; and his step-mother-in-law, Evelyn Ludwig of Camden.
He was predeceased by his wife, Faith Hart who died on October 14, 2012; two brothers, Richard and Warren Hart; and sisters, Anna Athearn and Jane Bean.
Calling hours will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain Street, Camden. A Memorial Service followed by a reception will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the First Congregational Church UCC, 55 Elm Street, Camden, with the Rev. Dr. Deb Jenks officiating. Memorial gifts may be made in his memory to Shriner's Children's Hospital, c/o Anah Shrine, P.O. Box 735, Bangor, ME 04402. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Hart family at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com.
Published on  April 6, 2017