Harold Mathews Hart, Jr.

September 17, 1929 - May 20, 2019

Harold Mathews Hart, Jr. (Hal), 89, of Ashburn, VA, passed away May 20, 2019. A ceremony will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. Hal was born in Los Angeles, CA, on September 17, 1929. His parents were Harold and Esther Hart. He graduated from high school in Barrington, IL, in 1947 and from The George Washington University in 1951. He later attended graduate school at Xavier University in Cincinnati and law school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In 1951, he entered military service with the U.S. Army, serving as an electronics technician in Korea during the Korean War. Hal then worked as a civilian for the Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C., where he met and married Margaret Ann Winfrey (Peg) in 1955. The couple moved to Cincinnati in 1956 where he was employed in personnel work at the General Electric Company. Returning to Washington, he began a 28-year career as Chief of Personnel with the U.S. Postal Service. He retired in 1984. He and his wife lived in Vienna, VA, from 1960 to 1997, when they moved to Sterling, VA, and later to Ashburn, VA in 2003. Survivors include his wife Peg, of 64 years, and their four children: Doug and his partner Mary Fairfield; Cathi and her husband Chuck Brittle; Tom, his wife Kim, and their children Kevin, Lindsey, and Melissa; and Bruce, his wife Carrie, and their sons Rowan and Declan; and half-sister, Stephanie Czygan. Hal will be remembered for his love of family, his friendly smile and laugh, and his kind and generous nature. He was a loyal fan of the Washington Redskins and Capitals, happily seeing both teams win championships. He was a life-long film buff, enjoying Oscar winning films, early silent film comics including Laurel and Hardy, and Warner Bros. cartoons featuring Daffy Duck. He loved music from the 1940s and 1950s, including Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as a glass of one of his many wines. Hal and Peg enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe on many occasions. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or The Alzheimer's Association.

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