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Peter LaHart

June 22, 2018
Lake Placid News

Peter Nihil LaHart Sr., 81, of Lake Placid, died Friday, June 15, 2018, at the Alice Center in Malone.

Born in AuSable Forks on Sept. 22, 1936, he was the son of Clayton and Julia (Blaise) LaHart.

Peter, married his beloved, Shirley Elizabeth Terry, on April 12, 1958, in Holy Name Church in AuSable Forks. He remained a loving and devoted husband up through and since Shirley passed away on Dec. 11, 2016.

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Peter had lived most recent years in Lake Placid, and had previously lived in Wilmington, AuSable Forks, Saranac Lake, Bloomingdale, and West Haven, Connecticut. Peter served in the United States Air Force from 1954 through 1956 and was stationed at Walker Air Force Base in New Mexico. He was reknowned for his mechanical abilities, and many area businesses took advantage of his expertise, including the American Management Association, W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center, Adirondack Biomedical Research, Saranac Lake General Hospital and the Adirondack Medical Center. Earlier in his life, he owned his own taxi business, LaHart's Taxi, and also worked for the North Pole, the Pacific Railroad, DeChantel Apartments, and also ran the Wawbeek with his wife Shirley. Peter was a "jack of all trades," but he especially enjoyed gardening, fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by one son, Peter (Darlene) LaHart Jr. of Keeseville; seven daughters: LindaSue (Randy) Greene of Lake Placid; Sharon LaHart of AuSable Forks, Pam (Mark) Pozzi of Goodview, Virginia, Patricia (Carl, III) Williams of Saranac Lake, Lucy (Kevin, Sr.) Goff of AuSable Forks, Rebecca (David) McKillip of Lake Placid and Venessa (Michael) Buckley of Gabriels; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Wortman. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; four brothers: (Anthony, Clayton "Bug," James, and Gerald); his sister Mabel; and two daughters: Margaret and Shirley.

Calling hours will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, June 22, at St. Bernard's Church in Saranac Lake, with the Rev. Patrick Ratigan officiating. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery in Saranac Lake.

Friends wishing to remember Peter Nihill LaHart Sr. may make memorial contributions to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital or Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3357 in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at



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