Joseph “Joe” Hart, 79, a longtime resident of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away peacefully Thursday Dec. 5, 2013, at Palms of Punta Gorda.
He was born in Lowell, Mass., to Lawrence and Katherine Hart.
Joe graduated from Keith Academy and Merrimac College and received a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts. He earned a Ph.D in biology from UCLA. Joe taught for many years at Merrimac College in Massachusetts and later at Edison College in Fort Myers after moving to Florida.
He is survived by his brother, Thomas Hart of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; niece, Mary Kate Hart of Frederick, Md.; nephews, Peter Hart of Port-St-Lucie, Fla., and John Hart of Ponte Verda Beach, Fla. Also surviving are cousins, Carol Vaillencourt, and Patricia McNerney of Dunstable, Mass.
Arrangements are by National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte.