William Stanford Hart, Sr. (1925-1999)
East Orange Mayor from 1970 to 1977
Birth: Nov. 19, 1925
Death: Sep. 23, 1999
William ''Bill'' Stanford Hart Sr. of Milford died of cardiac
arrest, Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, in Bayhealth-Milford Memorial
Hospital. He was 73. Mr. Hart was the son of the late John and
He received a bachelor of science degree in secondary
education from Delaware State University, where he earned four
letters in basketball and football; and earned a master's degree
in guidance administration and supervision from Seton Hall
University, South Orange, N.J. Mr. Hart served in the U.S. Navy
in the Pacific, a veteran of World War II. He worked for many
years as an educator in the Elizabeth, N.J., school system, where
he was the first African-American in the school system, retiring
He moved to Milford, Delaware in 1987. Mr. Hart left a legacy
of political firsts in the state of New Jersey. He was the first
African-American councilman in East Orange, N.J., in 1960; the
first African-American executive assistant to Gov. Richard Hughes
in 1962; and was appointed the director of the New Jersey State
Division of Youth in 1963. He was elected mayor of East Orange in
1970, serving two consecutive terms. He was also the first
African-American to be elected mayor of a major New Jersey
He made an impact on everyone he met and left his imprint on
everything he did, and was well-known to the local crabbers and
fisherman of greater Kent County. Mr. Hart was a member of the
Milford Lions Club; the treasurer/trustee of John Wesley United
Church, Milford Neck; and in 1986, was inducted into the Delaware
State Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition, he belonged to many
social, civic and humanitarian organizations including: the board
of trustees of Essex College in New Jersey; the advisory board of
the U.S. Conference of Mayors; the executive board of the New
Jersey Conference of Mayors; the executive board of the National
League of Cities; a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.; a
lifetime member of the NAACP; a lifetime member of the Big
Brothers of America; and president of the National Black Caucus
of Local Elected Officials.
He was preceded in death by a son, William Stanford Hart Jr.;
a daughter, Cheryl Irene Hart; two brothers, John T. Hart and
Arnold N. Hart; and a great-granddaughter, Armani T. Norwood. He
is survived by his wife of 50 years, Gloria Mosley Hart; a son,
Robert Frazier Hart and his wife, Christina E., of Yeadon, Pa.;
two daughters, Linda Violet Norwood and her husband, William O.,
and June Denise Hart, all of East Orange; a brother, Calvin C.
Hart of Bergenfield, N.J.; three sisters, Violet Fitch of
Lunenburg, Mass., Ruth Naomi Roach of Wellsville, Ohio, and
Marjorie Carter of Ettrick, Va.; his mother-in-law, Hazel I.
Mosley; nine grandchildren, Rhonda J. Norwood, Robyn D. Taylor,
Randi L. Norwood, Vanessa C. Hart, Jamal A. Hart, Daron Stewart,
Yasin Hart, Thomas W. Hart and John L. Hart; two
great-grandchildren, Asia J. Watson and Keith P. Craig.
Gloria Marian Mosley Hart (1931 - 2011)
From an obituary published 16 June 2011:
Gloria Mosley"Punch" Hart, age 79, June 14, 2011,
in Easton, Maryland.
A devoted wife, mother, and care-taker, Punch traveled from
her home in Milford, Del., to live much of her life in East
Orange, N.J., where she raised her family. She returned to
Milford with her husband to enjoy their retirement.
Punch was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years,
William S. Hart, Sr., and four of her five children, Linda V.
Norwood, Cheryl I. Hart, June D. Hart, and William S. Hart, Jr.
She is survived by her son Robert F. Hart, his wife Cristina E.
Hart, and by son-in-law, William O. Norwood. Grandchildren
include Rhonda J. Norwood, Robyn D. Taylor and her husband
Rickie, Randi L. Norwood, Vanessa C. Hart, John L. Hart and a
host of others, with numerous great-grandchildren.
A lifelong member of John Wesley United Church in Milford, DE,
Punch's Homecoming will be held Saturday, June 18. Viewing will
be held 10 a.m. to noon, funeral to follow directly after.
Attendees are invited to join the family for a light repast after
the interment. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Services.
1972 news photo
A shot was fired at Mayor William Hart of East Orange, NJ,
Thursday night (June 1, 1972) police reported. Hart, who is
seeking the Democratic congressional nomination for his district,
was sitting in his car behind City Hall in East Orange, when one
shot was fired. He escaped unhurt, police said.
Photo of June Denise Hart from 1971 Syllabus
Daughter of Mayor Charged in Stab Death
East Orange, NJ - Shock and tragedy struck two well known
families and the entire community in this town bordering Newark,
when 19-year-old June Hart, daughter of Mayor William S.Hart, was
charged in the stabbing death of her friend Pamela Robinson, also
19, last Saturday morning.
On Tuesday afternoon, October 24th, the victim was buried in
Rose Hill cemetary in Linden, NJ, and June, released under
$10,000 bail following her arrest, was arraigned in East Orange
While detectives investigating say that the incident stemmed
from some reportedly missing money, former classmates of the pair
at East Orange High, from which both graduated, and friends among
their circle, expressed disbelief that such a tragedy had
The circumstances that lef to the alleged argument between
the two young women sometime after midnight and over a block away
from Pamela's home at 33 Rhode Island Avenue, has not yet been
determined. Detectives say that the sum of money alleged to have
been taken or missing by Miss Hart, was about $50 to $60.
There was said to have been a party at Miss Robinson's home
earlier. Around 3 a.m. neighbors in the vicinity of 67-69-71
Rhode Island Ave. were reportedly aroused by loud voices and a
neighbor called the police.
Upon arrival, East Orange detectives Sgt. Det. John Armeno
and Dominick Scaglione reported finding Miss Robinson on the
steps of No. 69 Rhode Island Ave.
She was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Charles Rosen and
an autopsy performed by Chief Essex County Medical Examiner Dr.
Edward F. Murray revealed that a sharp instrument had penetrated
the heart. There was, the examiner reported, also a stab wound of
In the meantime, police reported, Miss Hart went to her home
at 50 Elliot Pl., nearly 10 blocks away and allegedly gave her
father a kitchen knife. The mayor, East Orange's first black
chief executive, took his daughter back to the scene. They were
driven by his aide, a city detective.
Miss Hart was represented by Atty. Ray Brown of Jersey City
at her arraignment before Supreme Court Judge Joseph Sugrue.
Miss Robinson, daughter of Mrs. Clara Robinson, was one of
four sisters, amnd a native of Elizabeth, NJ. The family has
resided in East Orange since 1967, and Pamela graduated from East
Orange High School in 1971. She had been a trainee in a Newark
Postal Academy program.
Funeral services for Miss Robinson were under the direction
of Nesbitt Funeral Home, Elizabeth, NJ.
Miss Hart is a clerk-stenographer at the East Orange City
Hall. Mayor Hart and his wife, Gloria, are the parents of four