John A. Hart

September 16, 1942November 6, 2018

John A. Hart, age 76, of Penn Yan, NY passed away unexpectedly from an unfortunate construction accident on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018. John was born in Seneca Falls, NY on September 16th, 1942, the son of the late Aleen (Deming) and John E. Hart. John graduated from Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls Class of 1960. He earned his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Auburn Community College. He had worked for Ithaca Gun and was a manager for Truck Stops of America. John was a hard working entrepreneur, owning and operating several businesses including Save A Lot stores, Mr. Donut stores in the Ithaca area and Pick A Flick Video Stores including Penn Yan as well as Mr. Video stores. John is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Marsha A. (Halloran) Hart of Penn Yan, children, Lynn (Rick McKane) Ryan, Laurie (Jamie Condes) Hart, John Hart Jr., Jeffrey (Amy Nicholson) Hart, and Michele Anthony (Tyler) Dunlap; grandchildren, Chrissy (Rob) Stearns, Matt, Nick and Danny Ryan, Stacey (Doug Devall) Schram, Britney Schram, Sheri (Adam) Andrews, Missy (Brian) Hulme, Hunter John Hart, and Makenzie, Broc, and Justin Dunlap; Great Grandchildren, Carter and Conner Ryan, Peyton Demaio, Bentley Devall, Adlyn Scozda, Brayden Scozda, Collin and Landon Andrews, Annie Hulme, and great granddaughter due to arrive in December. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his brother Ray Hart; sister, Karen Davis; maternal grandparents, Raymond and Celia Whitehead Deming and paternal grandparents Thomas Hart and Cora (Halsey) Hart Freeman. Friends and family may call from 2pm to 5pm on Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 2018 at the Townsend Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan, NY 14527. A memorial service will follow at the funeral home at 5pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John's memory to the Baptist Children’s Home, 354 West St., Valparaiso, IN 46383 (; St. Jude's Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142; or to Make A Wish Foundation, 3025 Monroe Ave., Suite 200, Rochester, NY 14618. Memories of John may be shared with his family and friends at


  • Baptist Children’s Home
  • St. Jude's Children’s Hospital
  • Make A Wish Foundation


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Nancy Soderstrom

December 4, 2018

Recently received news of Mr. Hart's passing and wish to say a few words. Two years ago on their way to Florida, Mr. Hart and family stopped by to say Hello. Never met Mr. Hart, however knew his family. It was like you knew him your whole life. Some people are like that. If one could say to his family and friends, maybe it would go something like this. "You were the best husband, brother, grandfather, great grandfather and friend one could ever have. Your kindness, forgiving nature, love and caring were just a few of the many qualities that made you such a great person. Even though you are in a better place now you will be greatly missed. Till we meet again beloved husband, brother, grandfather and friend. Thank You. Nancy Soderstrom Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Jeffrey Proulx

November 13, 2018

You were the one that gave me the inspiration to go forward with my first Savealot in Potsdam NY... thank you for believing in me. God Bless you and your family!!!

Betsy Ford

November 12, 2018

Marsha and family,

Saddened to read of loved one passing so unexpectedly. Those left behind share the grief. Think of you often -- and smile.


Elaine Myers

November 12, 2018

A great man gone way too soon. God speed John, you will be missed by many. Sending prayers to your family and friends during this difficult time. RIP. Elaine

Christine Stearns

November 12, 2018

Words cannot describe how I feel right now. You were the most caring, loving person, the best grandfather and great grandfather. You touched so many hearts in your life, we are all going to mis you so much. You will always be in my heart. I love you always and forever💖

Michele Dunlap

November 11, 2018

Dad I love you. How I wish I could say it to you at least one last time. Thank you for always being there for me in the good times and the bad times. You will be missed by so many. Hopefully now you can take it easy. Rest In Peace Dad.
Love you

Lynn Ryan

November 11, 2018

Dad words can’t tell u how much I love u and will miss u. U were the best dad anybody could ever ask for, u meant so much to me. U will always be in my heart!! And I was so lucky to have u as a dad, I will always remember the great times we had together, I wish u were here right now , u left me to soon. I will see u in heaven dad, I LOVE U DAD! Rick said u will probably be running the place. Love your daughter , Lynn❤️

Tracy Tucker

November 10, 2018

My deepest condolences to John's family. I worked for John for 9 years at the ft plain Save A Lot. He was a wonderful man who treated his employees like family. He will be missed by all that knew him.