After a long and fulfilling life Pat Hart died peacefully on April 11,2024. Pat will be greatly missed by her family and many friends who treasured her kindness, empathy, great sense of humour, and enduring love of art. Her professional art career started at the Banff Summer School of the Arts, then in its infancy, and continued at what is now the Alberta College of Art and Design where she graduated 4 years later. Here Pat met her husband John Hart and the two artists embarked on a future with many twists and turns, laughs and tears, but always lovingly together. Joined over the years by their 3 children, Kate, Leslie, and Jackie. Pat continued her art career combining being a great mother and pursuing her passion for art with stops at night school classes at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and The Open Studio in Toronto.


Then in 1969 she joined the faculty of The School of Design and Visual Arts at Georgian College. She spent 23 years there “introducing young people to the exciting world of the visual arts” making it one of the most rewarding experiences of her life.


She continued her artistic contributions with her membership in the Barrie Art Club and as a founding member of the McLaren Art Gallery. Pat formed many enduring friendships at the Barrie Country Club and she served several times as the Ladies Captain and as a member of the Board of Directors.


Survived by daughters, Kate and Leslie, son-in-law Gord, grand-daughter Jill and husband Jim, great grandchildren Matt and Brooke, and nieces Colleen, Debbie, and Sharon.


There will be a party celebrating her life at the Barrie Country Club, 635 St. Vincent St. N., Barrie on June 22, 2024 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.


In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pat and John Hart scholarship fund at Georgian College would be much appreciated.

Online memories and condolences may be shared at

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  • Christine Johnson
    Posted on: Friday, May 31, 2024 Reply

    Pat was one of my teachers in the Design Arts program at Georgian College (1979-1981). I enjoyed her classes and her guidance as an instructor. Some of my favourite projects were created in her class. Condolences to her family and circle of friends. “ No one is lost who is not forgotten.”

  • Joanna Meilleur
    Posted on: Monday, June 3, 2024 Reply

    Deepest condolences to the Hart family. Pat was one of my teachers at Georgian College back in the early 80’s. She was so kind and supportive, especially to my mother Pat Bridgnell, who joined at the same time as a mature student. My mother passed away just a few days before Pat, but I know she would have been saddened to hear this news.

  • Paul Young & Kathleen Corrigan
    Posted on: Monday, June 17, 2024 Reply

    Our deepest condolences to Leslie and Kate and the entire Hart family. We have fond memories of Pat’s exuberance and irrepressible sense of humour. We treasured every moment spent in her company.

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