Mrs. Hart definitely class act
By DON 'Cyrus' CALLIS -- For SLAM! Wrestling
Helen Hart, the matriarch of the Hart wrestling family recently
passed away after a long stay in hospital. She is survived by her husband, the
legendary Stu Hart and many children and grandchildren. Joe Aiello and I had
acknowledged it on our the NHB Radio show, but after reading Bret Hart's
Calgary Sun column this week, I found myself remembering Mrs. Hart once more.
I first met Mrs. Hart on a trip I did to Germany in 1994. We were there for
a month and Stu and Helen had been brought over on the trip along with several
of the Hart brothers to make appearances. It was also my first time meeting
Stu, and I spent a lot of great time at our morning breakfasts listening to
Stu's stories, in awe of the legend before me.
Just as impressive in a different way was Helen Hart, who exuded
intelligence, dignity and grace. In our few conversations (she would ask me if
I had already heard all of Stu's stories) she was exceedingly nice and went
out of her way to make you feel like part of the family. She was a warm and
In Bret's column he writes about the grief that his parents have had to
endure over the past several years, specifically the death of Bret's brother
Owen. He states that the family had been divided about Martha Hart's decision
to sue the WWF and that it had caused a strain on his parents.
Diana Hart, Bret's sister, has a tell-all gossip book out right now which
simply adds fuel to a fire that shouldn't be burning in the first place. She
apparently takes shots at most of the family. Bret comments that he is happy
his mother never got to read it, and given the stress of the past few years he
is probably right.
Helen Hart was a classy, great lady. In many ways she held the family
together, which at times must have been a difficult job. She is sorely missed
by all who knew her.
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Listen to Cyrus every Sunday from 6-7 p.m. on 92 CITI-FM on the NHB wrestling call in show with his co-host Joe Aiello.