GRAFTON: Emery W. “Bill” Hart, Jr., 70, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2017, under the loving care of his family and the dedicated staff at Mass General Hospital after a year long battle with lung cancer.
Bill leaves his wife of 50 years, Jacquie Ahlquist Hart of North Grafton, 5 daughters,
Cori Cunningham (John), Christa Rebidue (Mark), Alyssa Keller (Henry), Sabine St. Pierre (Tom), and Bethany Gerry (Tom)and 10 grandchildren – Anya and Spencer Cunningham, Rylie and Dylann Rebidue, Emerson and Carson Keller, Grady and Carver St. Pierre and Ryker and Shayler Gerry. He was predeceased by his son Garth William.
He is survived by his siblings Tony, Sharron, Jim and Dennis and many nieces and nephews and was predeceased by siblings Cathy and Steven.
Bill was born in Portland, ME son of the late Emery W and Helen Hart. He graduated form Portland High School and served in the Navy Reserves as an oceanographic Analyst. He owned and operated Pizza Villa in Hopkinton, MA for 25 years and continued to work in the food industry as a chef, most recently at Arturo’s Ristorante in Westboro, MA.
Bill loved all things electronic, was known as “Mr. Fix-it”, captaining his beloved boat “to Hell n’ Back”, listening to his extensive oldies play list, and sharing his toy helicopters and boats with his grandchildren.
All are welcome to gather with Bill’s family and friends Tuesday July 18th from 4pm to 7pm at Roney Funeral Home 152 Worcester St. N. Grafton, MA 01536. A funeral service will be held for Bill Wednesday July 19th at 10:00am at Roney Funeral Home. He will then be laid to rest at Notre Dame Cemetery in Worcester. In lieu of flowers please honor Bill with a memorial donation to The American Cancer Society PO Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or online at www.Cancer.org or The Arthritis Foundation 29 Crafts Street Newton, MA 02458 or online at www.arthritis.org. A Book of Memories to share a story, memory or photo of Bill is available online at: