Georgetown — Capt. Terrance P. Hart, USCG, retired, 65, of Georgetown, died unexpectedly, but peacefully, at home on May 1, 2014, after a lifetime of service to his family, community, country, and God.
Terry was the Director of the Eastern Essex District Veterans Services for the past 15 years, serving the communities of Essex, Georgetown, Hamilton, Ipswich, Newbury, Rowley, Wenham, and West Newbury. He was passionate about helping veterans and their survivors, and was awarded the Outstanding District Award in 2013 for Outstanding Service to the Veterans of the Eastern Essex District and to the Veterans of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Terry was a gifted speaker, participating in multiple Memorial Day and Veterans Day parades over the holiday weekends. He was a proud member of the American Legion Post 194 in Hamilton, and the Massachusetts Veterans Service Officers Association. Terry was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Military Officers Association.
Terry was born in Chicago, Ill., on August 30, 1948, to Lois (Unrath) and the late John P. Hart, a career Coast Guardsman, of California. He was a 1966 graduate of Mt. Diablo High School in Concord, Calif., where he was student body president, ran cross-country, and played the French horn. Terry was a 1970 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., serving over 27 years in the Coast Guard, before retiring in 1997. He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara M. (Haneberg) Hart. They met while he was at the Academy, were married on graduation day, and enjoyed 42 loving years of marriage before her death.
While serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Terry was Group Commander in San Francisco; Chief Operating Officer for First Coast Guard District in Boston, where he was the logistics coordinator for Sail Boston '92; Director of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in New England; Operations Director in New Orleans, La.; National Law Enforcement Program Director in Washington, D.C.; and served for three years with Vice President George H.W. Bush on the staff of National Narcotics Border Interdiction System. He served at sea on the USCGC Flagstaff, USCGC Cape Horn, USCGC Escanaba, and sailed on the USCG Barque Eagle. His military awards included the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, six Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and the Finland Life Saving Medal.