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 …
The former Dearborn City Council member, Wayne County commissioner and state senator passed away Jan. 31.
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George Z. Hart—who represented Dearborn as a city councilman, a Wayne County commissioner and a state senator—passed away Jan. 31 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to family members. He was 88. Mayor Jack O’Reilly was Hart’s Chief of Staff in Lansing in 1980 through 1982 and again briefly in 1987 after chairing his 1986 campaign. He said he remembers the gregarious Hart as a people-oriented politician, who loved shaking hands and working the crowd, and who was usually in tune with his constituency. Literally. He was known as the “Singing Senator.” And while Hart’s approach to elected office made him a memorable character in the political landscape, he also believed public figures had the power to make a difference. But first he knew …