TRAVERSE CITY — Heaven has added a new bass to the choir. Ray Hart left this world on Saturday March 22, 2014, at Munson Medical Center. He was surrounded by four generations of his family.
He was born to Raymond Hart Sr. and Gladys (Rinehart) Hart. Ray was married to Marie Lamb on June 15, 1951. Ray enjoyed life to the fullest and the most important things in his life were his wife Marie, his children, grandchildren, great-grand children and great-great grandchild.
Ray served God through his gift of music and sang in a quartet all over Northern Michigan. Ray was a licensed master plumber and mechanical contractor. He did plumbing on jobs from Marquette to West Branch. He learned the plumbing trade from his father Raymond Hart Sr. at William Hart & Sons Plumbing, one of the first plumbing shops in Traverse City. The last part of Ray’s plumbing career he worked as an estimator and project manager for several mechanical contractors in Traverse City. Ray loved teaching the plumbing trade to his employees, and they always turned out to be his friends for life.
Ray loved his wife and children beyond description. His willingness to work very long hours, anywhere in Michigan, showed his commitment to provide for his family. Every time he came home, he brought them surprises. Ray had a gift of making the people around him feel good about themselves. Countless times in his life he could be heard telling someone “you are the greatest.” Ray and Marie’s house was always open for their family and he loved it when his grandkids and great-grandkids were there for him to kid around with, tease, and adore. Ray was an outdoorsman of the truest sense. Deer hunting, upland game hunting, fishing and boating were things he loved to do with friends and family.