Raymond L. Hart

December 16, 1952January 7, 2018
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Raymond L. Hart, 65, passed away on January 7, 2018. Born in Thomaston, Connecticut to Donald and Leah Hart, he lived most of his life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Ray was a passionate man who loved life, his family, friends, and the United States Navy. CMDCM(SW) Ray Hart enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1971 and retired on February 2, 2002. Ray started his second career with HMS Host at the Norfolk, International Airport as F&B Multi-Operations Manager from 2003 until 2018.

Ray was extremely loving and proud of his three sons, Don-Michael, Alex, and Zac. He is also survived by his sister Donna Sanford, of Thomaston, CT; as well as his many loving nieces, nephews, shipmates and friends. Ray was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bill Hart. A special thank you to Janay Jones for her loving care and support.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 6-8 PM at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, 601 North Witchduck Road.

Funeral Service will take place at 12 PM on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home followed by a Committal Service at Albert G. Horton, Jr., Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, VA.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Alan Dunn

January 16, 2018

First and foremost Ray was a good dude and will be missed as we know he touched many lives. I was 32yrs young and a brand new LDO Ensign when I met Ray. The first thing he did was give me his Choker Whites. He said he didn't need them, I was greatful for the gift from the OS Master Chief. He instantly fell in love with my son Corey. He treated Corey as if he was just another kid. To the father of an autistic child, that meant everything. He helped me build my first work bench. I felt like an idiot that I couldn't even use a tape measure properly. 15 years later I have a love of woodworking, thanks to Ray taking the time to educate me. I travel a lot, and Ray always took time to meet me at the airport and hangout. He'd ask about Charlotte, Bailey and Corey as if they were family. Because they were. Everyone in Ray's life was family. Also, no one made chicken parmesan like he did. Still one of my favorite dishes. Know this Ray, you left two very capable and loving young men to carry on your legacy of kindness and friendship to all. Miss you buddy.

Tamikia Floyd

January 16, 2018

God's peace and comfort during this time of lost. Ray was a funny guy! Haven't seen him in years but I remember him well while working with him at MacArthur Mall. There was never a dull moment with him around. God bless the family and friends of Mr. Hart. Peace and comfort to you all. Sorry I will not make the funeral on tomorrow, but I know it will be a true celebration of his life.

Beverly Johnson

January 16, 2018

I'm still at a loss for words. Although I have not seen Ray in a long time, I remember him fondly and cherish the time I spent working with him at SURFLANT. I pray that God will give his family and friends the strength they need to sustain them during this time and in the coming days ahead. Rest in Paradise, my dear friend.

Betty Fries

January 15, 2018

To the Family of Raymond L. Hart, Lt. Shea VFW Auxiliary to VFW Post 201 of Waterbury, Ct. want you to know that your loved one is in our thoughts and prayers. We thank him for his service. Betty Fries, President

Marlene Keeling

January 15, 2018

My heartfelt prayers go out to the family of Ray. Ray was a one of a kind person. He was a great co worker and I will never forget him.

Tony Giddens

January 14, 2018

I'm sorry for your loss.

January 14, 2018

Nothing I say will convey what I feel. Fair winds, Ray. You inspired me.
George Wetzel RMCM(SW/AW)(Ret)

Darlene Klimanoski

January 14, 2018

Dear Donna and family. Please know that my thoughts are with you. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Love Darlene Klimanoski

David Preston

January 14, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother, we have the watch.

Command Master Chief (Ret) David Preston
MCB 23

Charlie Lynch

January 14, 2018

I met Ray in 1991 onboard USS KEARSARGE. I was a brand new Chief, and he taught me what it meant to be a Chief. I will forever be in his debt, for making me the leader I am today. RIP Ray, we have the watch!!