IN MEMORIAM: Painters Local 137’s Daniel ‘Len’ Hart

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Daniel “Len” Hart, 79, Painters Local 137, passed away on Oct. 10, 2020 surrounded by family at his home in Maryville, Ill.

Brother Hart was born on July 28, 1941 in Neelyville, Mo., to Charley and Myrtle (Bridgewater) Hart. He married his beloved wife Lois “Maxine” (Greer) in 1964. Len and Maxine moved to St. Louis in 1965, where they raised their children Kevin and Deanna.

During a long and successful career as a painter, he was well known and respected throughout the construction trades for his work ethic and skill. He took pride in serving as foreman on numerous major projects in the St. Louis area over the years, including the Gateway National Raceway.

Brother Hart was a proud 55-year member of Painters Local 137, holding various positions including business agent, and was re-elected to serve multiple terms until his retirement. He received the “Man of the Year” award in 2003 in recognition of his service. His son, Kevin, is also a longtime member of the Painters and served as president of Local 137 prior to its incorporation into Painters District Council 58.

Brother Hart was a lifelong baseball fan, having played and umpired in his youth and as a young adult. He was also an avid follower of thoroughbred horse racing. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with his beloved family, socializing with his dear friends, watching Cardinals baseball, and being with the family dogs he adored.

He is survived by his wife Maxine; son Kevin (Debra); daughter Deanna (Michael); grandson Jonathan (Amelia); great-grandchildren Jack and Samantha; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Len was preceded in death by his father Charley, mother Myrtle, brother Charles, and his sister Bonnie.

Brother Hart was interred Oct. 15, 2020 at Kinsey Cemetery in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Memorials may be made to Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

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