Anthony started a large Wisteria shade for a Long Island customer. This was the last shade he was to make. It was never completed. In October of 1998, Anthony's landlord in the Huntington apartment did not renew his lease due to renovation of the whole house. Everyone, all tenants had to leave. Anthony loaded up the car trunk, gave some things for safekeeping at Marion's home and left.
4 weeks later, Marion received a call from a local gas station. He had apparently been living there in his car for a few days. She believed Anthony had been to Atlantic City from things she found in the car. He had a large cut on his head and was very sick. She called 911 and he was taken to hospital ICU where he later died. All he had left was either in the car or at Marion's home. Dorian arrived a couple of days after Anthony died. It was November 1998. He made arrangements at OB Davis funeral home in Port Jefferson. Anthony was cremated and his ashes sent to Dorian.
Dorian's account of Anthony's last days adds a little more information. Dorian recalls that Anthony had apparently fallen on an icy step and hit the back of his head. 911 was called and Anthony was taken to a hospital in Huntington. He never regained consciousness from the coma that resulted from the accident. Dorian, who had been away in Savannah on business when the call came, returned to sign papers and make funeral arrangements. November 1998
There are probably omissions and incorrect information so please get in touch and tell me about these things. There are still many gaps, especially in Hart's early lampmaking years. The 1951 Wisteria shown in the gallery is an indicator that he was active very early on, yet most of the shades that circulate today are from the 1960-1990 period.
I am very anxious to keep his story accurate, complete and up to date so I would welcome any contact, especially with anyone who has material or photos of shades. Please send me your images and stories. I will do my best to get them posted.