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Dearborn Memorial For George Hart Tentatively Set For Singing Senator's Birthday

Mayor Jack O'Reilly announced plans for the memorial event Tuesday.

Dearborn's "Singing Senator" will get a proper tribute this spring, according to city officials.

Mayor Jack O'Reilly said Tuesday at the City Council meeting that a public memorial honoring the life of the late Sen. George Hart is tentatively scheduled for May 13—Hart's birthday.

"He always enjoyed celebrating," O'Reilly said, "so we think that's the right day."

Hart represented Dearborn as a city councilman, a Wayne County commissioner and a state senator. He passed away Jan. 31 at the age of 88 while visiting his sister in Albuquerque, N.M.

Hart was remembered by council members for his cheerful demeanor, and for his love for the city of Dearborn.

"If there were three people gathered in Dearborn, one of them was George Hart," said Councilman Mark Shooshanian, who gave the tribute on behalf of the council.

O'Reilly—who served as Hart's chief of staff twice and campaign manager once in the 1980s—said that more details on the memorial would be coming, but that the city wanted to do something to honor Hart.

"This will be a public event to come in, remember George and celebrate his service to the city," O'Reilly said.

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Sylvia McCollough February 27, 2013 at 05:24 PM
I remember George Hart so well, and some of our funny exchanges during many conversations. We shared many thoughts and opinions, not always in agreement, since we were political opponents on several occasions; mainly when George and my former husband, Patrick, ran against each other for the State Senate. Patrick went on to regain the Senate seat representing the 10th district, but we never felt any rancor toward George, and in fact, enjoyed a fun and sharing relationship with Senator Hart throughout our time in Dearborn. In fact, George would sing at some of our district events, and was always entertaining. George will be missed by many, and my thoughts go out to his family & friends for George's passing.

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