Obed Arthur Hart, 89, died Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Tall Pines in Belfast after a period of declining health. Born in Hope Jan. 27, 1928, he was the son of Arthur L. and Agnes (Fuller) Hart. A lifelong resident of Hope, Obed was a member of the class of 1946 at Camden High School and served in the Navy during World War II. On June 22, 1952, he married Faith Ludwig.

Obed was employed for 35 years with the state of Maine Department of Transportation, retiring as a division superintendent. He then went to work for Richard and Ann Bresnahan in Hope as their caretaker, where he worked for 25 years. The grounds, and especially the blueberries, at the Bresnahans' farm were meticulously cared for by Obed as if it were his own property. He also found great satisfaction and enjoyment in attending the activities and events of his grandchildren. Obed’s daily routine during his retirement years started at 6 a.m. at the Hope General Store enjoying a cup of coffee and a game of cribbage with Ronnie Wright and Wayne Berry.

His other activities included being a volunteer fireman and fire chief of the Hope Fire Department, serving on the road committee for the town of Hope, being a member of the Hatchet Mountain Snowriders Club, a life member of the Hope Historical Society, Hope Grange, and a member of the American Legion Post 30 in Camden. In addition, Obed was a 60-plus-year member of Amity Masonic Lodge 60, Scottish Rites, Lodge Chapter, Anah Shriners of Bangor and an aide emeritus, Waldo County Shrine Club, Mid-Coast Shrine Club, Bangor-Brewer Shrine Club, and the Royal Order of Jesters, Bangor Court 150.

Surviving are his three sons, Daniel Hart and his wife, Julie, of Bethel, Paul Hart of Rockland, and Andrew and his wife, Sherry, of Rockport; seven grandchildren, Lauren, Lindsay, Joshua, Casey, Christopher, Kayla and Connor; sisters Virginia Olson, of Northport, Joanne Davis of Florida; several nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Ann Leadbetter, and her husband, Ron, of Hope; and his stepmother-in-law, Evelyn Ludwig, of Camden.

He was predeceased by his wife, Faith Hart, who died Oct. 14, 2012; two brothers, Richard and Warren Hart; and sisters, Anna Athearn and Jane Bean.

Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, at Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden. A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the First Congregational Church UCC, 55 Elm St., Camden, with the Rev. Dr. Deb Jenks officiating.

Memorial gifts may be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, c/o Anah Shrine, P.O. Box 735, Bangor, ME 04402. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Hart family at longfuneralhomecamden.com.