Phil Hart will be fondly remembered for his enthusiastic and whole-hearted commitment to volunteer work which spanned all his life and included being a church warden at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford; this also involved an extended period as warden during an interregnum. Mr Hart was treasurer to Holy Trinity for nearly a decade and treasurer to the Friends of The Music at Holy Trinity as well.
In addition to his commitments to the church, he was chairman of Stratford’s Parkinson’s Society and treasurer and chairman of Stratford Photographic Club.
He and his wife, Sue, enjoyed 24 years of garden openings with their neighbours in Alveston to create a large garden as part of The National Gardens Scheme.
He became a magistrate in the 1980s and completed almost 20 years’ service, having to retire on the grounds of ill-health just before he reached the actual retiring age of 70.
The last big project Mr Hart was involved with at SDC was its move to Elizabeth House in Church Street, finally closing the many satellite offices in and around the town. He took early retirement in 1994 and then served as deputy verger for another decade at Holy Trinity Church, retiring in 2004 as his health had deteriorated.