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Robert Edward Ahart


AHART, Robert Edward, 87 of Wayne, New Jersey passed peacefully on November 21, 2017.

Bob was an honorable family man, financial advisor, engineer, and veteran. Proud father of five, grandfather of thirteen, and beloved husband of Carol (nee Dahl) for 61 years. Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, he was the son of Edward Ahart and Josephine Chiara. He graduated from Eastside High School in 1947, and after one year of working in a ribbon factory, enlisted in the US Air Force where he achieved the rank of Staff Sargent specializing in automotive electronics. Following his service, he attended Fairleigh Dickinson University where he graduated with high honors, majoring in Industrial Engineering. While in college, he met Carol.

Upon graduation he began a very successful career as an innovative industrial engineer and manager with companies that include Bendix, Curtis Wright, American Brakeshoe, and MicroLab. While working in industry, he also taught evening economics courses at St. Peter’s College and Rutgers University. During the ‘60s Bob developed a passion for investing and in 1969, he took the bold step of changing careers and became a stock broker at Shearson Hammill & Co. (now Morgan Stanley). The timing of the career change coincided with a six year period of decline in stock prices and the corresponding financial pressures nearly forced Bob to return to a career in industry. However, Bob’s confidence, patience, and courage of conviction paid off as the markets recovered. After that rough start, Bob enjoyed a long career as a successful investment broker.

Upon his retirement, he continued devoting his free time to investing and to an interest in genealogy and wrote a history of his father’s family. He enjoyed many summers at Long Beach Island and Lake Hopatcong with Carol, their children and grandchildren. Bob will always be remembered for his integrity and passion for investing as well as his generosity with, and empathy for, people less fortunate than himself.

He is survived by daughters Joann Vander Zee and her husband John of Montville, NJ, Susan Sesko and her husband Steve, also of Montville, sons Robert and his wife Kelly of Tuxedo, NY, John of Kinnelon, NJ, and Joe and his wife Mary Lynn of Jefferson, NJ; grandchildren Carolyn (Nicholas), Stephanie, Brian, Joe, Robert, Julia, Stephen, Jackie, Jennifer, Erin, Michael, Jack, and Chris. 

Memorial donations may be made to the ASPCA;

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Our love and sympathy to your entire family. Peace, The Wilsusen Family

Kristine and Eric


To Carol and family , my sincere sympathy.

julie coppo


I'm so sorry for your loss, Susan. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda Gallipoli


We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Mom and I are thinking of you and your family and have you in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill Vanca


Aunt Carol, I was sorry to hear about Uncle Bob. Know that you and your children are in my prayers.

Lorraine Brock


We've been praying for God's comfort and peace for each of you. I've prayed God will hold you up, as He has done for me since my Mom passed away over a year ago. Psalm 63:8 - "My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me." Lisa (friend of Sue)

Lisa Hutchcraft Whitmer

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