Peter D. Hart, obituary

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 12:30pm

HOULTON formerly of ROCKLAND — Peter Durost Hart, 78, died Monday, May 2, 2022 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after several months of health complications.

Born February 21, 1944 in Rockland, Peter was the son of Millard and Mildred (Durost) Hart. He had one brother, John. Peter spent his childhood in Rockland and later returned with his wife, Dotty, to raise their family there. In recent years he lived in Houlton with his son Dan.

Peter enjoyed learning languages and adopting new technologies. He had a great mind for puzzles and games. Peter had a quirky sense of humor, loved telling jokes, asking riddles, and recanting obscure trivia.

Peter served briefly in the United States Air Force, stationed as a clerk in England.

Peter met his wife, Dotty (Levine) Hart, while they were both attending Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. They often shared the story of the first time they met at the home of a mutual friend where they ate corn
dogs with mustard, and they would celebrate this memory fondly every year.

Peter and Dotty were married on June 11, 1966 in Prospect Heights, Illinois, and celebrated 43 years together at her time of passing. They shared a passion for missions and sharing their faith in Jesus Christ.

Peter dearly loved his church family at Chestnut Street Baptist Church where he attended. He served as a deacon, and taught Sunday school for many years. Peter supported his wife in children’s and youth ministry and was more than happy to drive a car full of kids on their many adventures.

Peter was predeceased by his wife, Dotty, and his brother, John. He is survived by his son Daniel, of Houlton; his daughter, Bonnie Rhode and her husband Shawn of Clinton, Massachusetts; his son Robert Hart and his wife Rachel of Clinton, Massachusetts; and his grandchildren, Adelaide, Avery, James, and Lily.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2022, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland Maine.

A celebration of Peter’s life will be held Friday, May 20, 2022, at 11 a.m., at the Chestnut Street Baptist Church, 29 Chestnut Street, Camden Maine with burial to follow at Achorn Cemetery in Rockland.

To share a memory or condolence with Peter’s family, please visit their Book of Memories at

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.