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Charles Ray ‘Pop Pop’ Hart, Jr.


Charles Ray “Pop Pop” Hart, Jr., 55 passed away March 14, 2012 at home surrounded by his family in Anchorage

A celebration of life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Spenard Recreational Center, 2020 W 48th Ave., Anchorage. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m..

Hart was born Aug. 4, 1956 in Tacoma, Wash. to Charles R. Hart, Sr. and Joanne J. (Dodge) Hart. He graduated from Dimond High School in 1975 and Cordon Bleu School of Cookery, London, in 1977. He also attended UAF, Nagoya Gakvin University, Kansai Gaidai University, and UAA. Over the years, he made his home throughout Alaska in Homer, Fairbanks, Seward and Spenard. He was employed with Borders Books & Music and Best Buy. He also was a Japanese tutor for students of all ages.

He was an active member of the Metropolitan Community Church in Anchorage until May 2011. His favorite pastimes were cooking amazing food for family and friends and traveling the world, most recently to Italy and Japan (his home away from home.) He received the Fur Rondy Aquarium Award in the 1970s. He was a local election official, and volunteered at the Alaska SeaLife Center and with Identity Inc, Pride, and the 4As.

“He absolutely loved being a grandpa and made it clear that he wanted more grandchildren. Like his father, Charles never met a stranger.”

Charles is survived by his daughters, Sara (David) Risi, Anchorage; and Rebecca (Caleb) Larson, Aviano AFB, Italy; son, Charles “Chaz” Hart, Anchorage; grandson, Hatcher Larson, Aviano AFB, Italy; his ex-wife, Kristine (Pierson) Hart; mother, Joanne Hart; brother, Jeffrey Hart; sister, Susan “Suzie” Case, all of Anchorage; numerous nieces and nephews in Alaska; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in lower 48.

He is preceded in death by his father, Charles R. Hart, Sr .; his father-in-law, Robert C. Pierson and sister-in-law, Marcia Pierson.

Donations can be made to Anchorage Relay for Life, Team: Charlie’s Angels here.

Arrangements are by the Cremation Society of Alaska. An online guestbook can be signed here.


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