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James Lyle Hart, age 90, died Monday, January 8, 2018 at his home in St. Clair Shores Michigan surrounded by his loving family. James was born March 31, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan, son of the late Lyle Hart and the late Marie Fournier.

The date was April 16, 1945, as our nation was embroiled in a global war, when many men were stepping up and answering the call of their hearts and patriotism to join in the campaign and do their part for the country,…and James was one of these men, a young man as well. At a mere 17 years of age, he made that all-encompassing decision to join the armed forces and opted for the U.S. Navy as his branch of choice,…and off to Great Lakes, Illinois he went to undergo his basic training. Ultimately attaining the rank of Seaman First Class (S1c), James served with pride, honor, and represented America with distinction and bravery. So it is, with thanks and praise from a grateful nation, we pay homage to James for his service to our country and his willingness to stand in harm's way for the cause of freedom and liberty.

As James worked his way along the path of employment, he was involved in a number of jobs. From working in security, to his stints as a taxi driver and hospital porter, James would eventually find himself joining the ranks of gentleman going to work for the automotive giants. First working within the famous Dodge Main Plant where he worked as a welder. Always seeking to better himself and looking for opportunities of growth and rewards, he had heard that General Motors was the way to go, so off he went to apply. That ultimately turned into a job offer where his skills as a welder were highly sought after and put to use. He was hired at their Cadillac plant where he spent the next 25 years extending the utmost in dedicated service until finally accepting his well-deserved retirement. He was a very hard worker with ethics that were formed back in his youth. It was the Depression Era and James was just a 12 year old boy when he was compelled to work to help provide for his family,…sadly, a story that wasn't all that rare during those trying times. Yet even at 12 years old, he was already a mature young man who proved his moxy,…and love for his family.

Of the many attributes James possessed, was a strong quiet faith, a good Catholic boy who grew to become a devout Catholic man. And in working out his faith, James decided to join one of the church's associations for men, the Knights of Columbus. His initial experience was with the Gabriel Richard Council. After the merging of his Council, James eventually moved to the St. Joan of Arc Council in St. Clair Shores. James found great enjoyment and reward through his fraternal brotherhood with the Knights.

When James was not working or engaged with his family's activities, you would often find him pouring the best parts of his green thumb into his garden, a backyard project for which he took great pride in creating a beautiful garden for himself and his wife. As for another pastime that drew upon his love of people and the friends in his life, there's no question that he enjoyed both each time he went bowling and sought after that elusive 300 Game. Nothing says fun like a little bowling action and some friendly competition.

Jame's family members remember a father that never complained in life and did not require accolades or treasures in life... He was a man whom loved his wife and family and also held an immense love for his dog, Nicki. A Shepherd / Huskie mix, Nicki extended that unconditional love that we come to feel with our pets, and James' life was all-the-richer for the experience. He walked her every day and it was quite obvious to everyone that Nicki had stolen his heart. It's been said that there's nothing quite like the love of a Man & His Dog,…and James & Nicki certainly knew this was true.

During his life the moments shared with family rose above all and provided the memories that enveloped James' heart the most. Family meant the world to him and he always tried to bring them joy at every corner. One of those special memories that James enjoyed providing and recapturing for his children when they were young came when he rented the cottages up in Alpena Michigan, for a bit of the Up North Experience and a lot of family fun.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, James leaves behind a legacy of love and life lessons that is sure to be a constant source of encouragement and guidance with each reflection shared. He was always showing the way and setting the example of the importance of family,…and it stuck. He underwent many challenges, but nobody ever heard him complain. From faith to family, and his "furry friend,"…James was surrounded by love, instilled with love, and shared that love openly, honestly and unconditionally. He will truly be missed.

James was the beloved husband of the late Josephine Hart, and dear father of David (the late Nelda) Hart, Robert Hart, John Hart, William (Kimberly) Hart, and the late Debra Allen. Special father to Tammy and loving grandfather of Tammy, Tracey, Bethann, Melissa, Brian, Crystal, Jennifer, William, Brad, and Stephen. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren and many dear friends.

Funeral arrangements have taken place and were entrusted to D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home in Warren, Michigan. James rejoined his beloved wife Josephine, being interred alongside her within Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Please share memories of James at his memory book above.