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David A. Hart
(08-03-1950 - 10-02-2020)

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David A. Hart passed away Friday, October 2 at Sherman Hospital from COVID-19. Dave was born August 3, 1950 in Mount Pleasant PA.

Surviving are his heart-broken partner of many years, Susan Risley of Elgin; his children in Berlin, PA, Shawn (Marlana) Hart, Amy (Jason) Clark and Jennifer (Chris) McClain; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Hart, Cohen Clark, Carter and Caden McClain. Several siblings and the mother of his children, Jean Hart, also survive him. Dave was also considered a brother and Uncle to his IL family and loved by many. His parents, Samuel and Dorothy (Miller) Hart and his siblings Jerry and Ruthie preceded Dave in death.

Dave loved anything Pittsburgh – Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. However, his first love was Penn State, from where he graduated with a degree in Agri-Business. Dave could be seen in Sec NE, Row 39 at Beaver Stadium on most Saturdays in the fall, watching his beloved Nittany Lions football team.

Dave was involved with the PSU Chicago Alumni chapter for several years. He served in many capacities – treasurer, sports chairperson and scholarship committee member. He loved arranging the PSU bus trips and tailgates to nearby Big 10 games. He was always happy to lend a hand and really enjoyed finding new Penn State recruits. He leaves behind a huge group of PSU friends who may never tailgate again without thinking of Dave and his contagious laughter.

An avid golfer, Dave never met a golf course he did not want to play. Regardless of the weather, he could be found several days a week at Prairie Isle with his buddies. Please have a Green Line for your friend.

One of the highlights of Dave’s life was a 2019 trip to England and Scotland with Sue. Dave was able to play a round on the Old Course at St. Andrews - the mecca of golf. Dave had never been happier.

With many talents and a giving heart, Dave volunteered any time he was asked. He spent early mornings volunteering with A Long Swim (for ALS), helped with local events, and was known to shovel a driveway for someone less fortunate.
Dave worked tirelessly in his beautiful yard and garden, sharing his bounty of vegetables with many in the community. He could be counted on to grow and harvest from spring until fall. He definitely kept Sue busy canning and baking his rewards.

Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:30 PM at Laird Funeral Home in Elgin, IL. There will be a private service at 7:30 pm. The funeral home will following COVID restrictions. See www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com for further details.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Penn State University (with Penn State Club of Chicago Endowed Scholarship in the memo and mailed to Penn State University, Donor and Member Services, 2583 Gateway Drive, Suite 130, State College, PA 16801) or online at www.raise.psu.edu/GreaterChicagoScholarship.

WE ARE …………… going to miss Dave a lot.

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