Raymertown- Christopher E. “Chris” Hobart, 48, of LogWoods Road died peacefully Thursday, September 7, 2017, at Samaritan Hospital in Troy following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in Troy, March 14, 1969, Chris was the son of Peter S. and Elizabeth Hobart of Brunswick and Sandi and James Laviolette of Raymertown. For the past six years he was the best friend of Dawn E. Bornt of Raymertown, whom he married two weeks ago on August 19, 2017.
Chris attended Brittonkill Central Schools and was a 1987 graduate of Tamarac High School. He was an avid car enthusiast and “Motor-head,” so it was only natural that he attended and earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Automotive Mechanics from Hudson Valley Community College.
He was employed for several years by the former Action Chevrolet in Brunswick and later at Tesman’s Garage in Speigletown. More recently he was employed as an Automotive and Equipment Mechanic with the New York State Police. For over 21 years, Chris honed his skills while working in the Latham and Loudonville maintenance garages and was called on several times as an “expert witness” to give testimony for legal cases involving automobiles. Chris worked with and earned the respect of many in the State Police force and other first responder units. The care he took in maintaining and inspecting their vehicles for their safety and protection was his hallmark. He was also diligent in the labor of refurbishing many emergency vehicles that were damaged during the 9-11 World Trade Center collapse.
Chris enjoyed working on, driving and racing anything with a motor, loved to race his dirt bike for the “Camel Toe #314 Racing Team,” riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and restoring his 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle. Above all else, Chris enjoyed spending time with his wife and family, his many friends, and his work family of Troopers, mechanics, and other first responders.
In addition to his wife and parents, Chris is survived by his children, Taylor Hobart of Schenectady, Ryan Hobart of Rotterdam, Erin MacNaughton and Julia MacNaughton, both of Speigletown, a sister and her husband, Cheri and David Lee of Center Brunswick, two stepbrothers, Rory Wilson of Saratoga Springs, Jared Wilson of Albany, a stepsister, Maria Garland of Clifton Park, his maternal father and mother-in-law, Donald and Edith Bornt of Raymertown, four brothers-in-law and their spouses, Donny and Sue Bornt of Florida, Steven and Anne Bornt of Poestenkill, Scott and Danielle Bornt of Raymertown, and Chad and Rachel Bornt of North Greenbush, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 10:00 A.M. at the Pittstown Volunteer Emergency Corps. Squad House, located at 60 Parker School Road in Pittstown with Rev. Gaylord Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Raymertown. Relatives, friends, and first responder organizations are invited to call at the Pittstown Volunteer Emergency Corps. Squad House on Wednesday, September 13, from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Pittstown Volunteer Emergency Corps., 60 Parker School Road, Johnsonville, NY 12094, NYS Trooper Signal 30 Benefit Fund, 120 State Street, Albany, NY 12207 or Voices of September 11th @ www.voicesofseptember11.org in memory of Christopher Hobart