Edward Michael Hardiman
May 23, 1957 – October 1, 2021
Edward Michael Hardiman passed away on Oct. 1, 2021 after several years of declining health. Devoted son of the late Edward J. Hardiman, Esq. and Mary Grace (Shaw/Haydock) Hardiman, Sr. Grandson of the late Michael J. and Florence Hardiman, Michael and Victoria Haydock, and Leonard August Shaw.
Loyal friend to those who knew him. Noted for his sense of humor, intelligence, and quick wit. Graduate of North Penn High School in Lansdale, PA. Most recently, a resident of Bristow and Woodbridge, VA respectively.
Born in Philadelphia, and raised in Elkins Park and North Wales, PA, Edward attended Gwynedd Mercy and West Point Elementary Schools, Devon Preparatory School, and North Penn High School. He later went on to pursue academic and professional interests in music, history, psychology, and writing. He attended Mt. St. Mary’s College, American University, and Temple University, among others. He earned a Paralegal Certificate from the Center for Legal Studies at George Mason University.
Edward was a working journalist and communications writer in his early years. He also had a career in sales and retail. Later, he became a contributing writer and editor for several online media companies and platforms. One of his favorite assignments was as sportswriter covering the Potomac Nationals, a minor league baseball team in the DC area. His passion for covering sports culminated in One Man's Scribble: The Portable Fowl Line. Collected Sports Scribble from 2006-2007. Edward also wrote a number of short stories.
In his life, Edward played chess and tennis, golfed, and was an avid fly fisherman. Edward was a sports enthusiast and a loyal fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles, and Flyers professional teams. He had encyclopedic knowledge of baseball down through the ages and collected vintage baseball cards. Edward was also a lifelong student of history, had a photographic memory, and was often reading five books at one time, from a very young age. His favorite writer was E.B. White.
Edward was a prolific song writer and a member of several bands over the years. He later enjoyed sitting in on others. He played the electric guitar and was happiest jamming and recording songs with his friends back home in the Philly area. Edward had an impressive guitar collection, that began with an acoustic Epiphone and Les Paul Jr. and later included several Gibsons (“Black Beauty” and “Sunburst,” among his favorites), Fender Stratocasters and Telecasters, and an Epiphone Emperor (which he dubbed “Big Pink.”)
Edward is survived by his two sisters, The Hon. Therese A. Hardiman, (David Malecki), Mountaintop, PA, and Mary G. Hardiman, (Michael Conyngham), Arlington, VA; two nieces, Christine Malecki and Grace Conyngham; and two great nephews, Camrinn J. and Adrian C.; two aunts, Michelle Wayne and Florence Brocato Lighter; and, several cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday October 9, 2021 at 1:00pm at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1910 N. Randolph St. Arlington, VA 22207, with Rev. Peter McShurley officiating. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church (North Wales), Musicians Foundation, Food Trust (Philadelphia), Wounded Warriors Family Support, Yellow Ribbon Fund, and the Walter Reed Society.
The family appreciates the many people who touched Edward’s life down through the years, including Rev. Garrett F.X. Murphy (St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, North Wales, PA), James J. McHugh, Sr., Mary Paul Steiner, RSM, and, Sr. Jeannette Goglia, RSM, (all, Gwynedd-Mercy), and his many friends and bandmates over the years.
Mass Of Christian Burial
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Edward Michael Hardiman
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October 7, 2021
May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of
Saint Patrick behold you."
And my brother, until we meet again, may peace and love know you for eternity.
Mary G Hardiman
October 7, 2021
"Stuart rose from the ditch, climbed into his car, and started up the road that led toward the north. The sun was just coming up over the hills on his right. As he peered ahead into the great land that stretched before him, the way seemed long. But the sky was bright, and he somehow felt he was headed in the right direction." (Stuart Little by E.B. White (1945)
We spoke of this book and its ending many times over the years and shared an appreciation for E.B. White. And so many other things as well. Safe travels and God Bless You, dear brother. You will be missed. May you rest in peace. -- MGH
October 6, 2021
Eddie had a great sense of humor and a keen ear for authentic Americana music and played and wrote some of those tunes himself. He was devoted to his mother and family and loyal to his friends. Life moved too fast at times for him, like it does for most of us, but he always tried to keep up. Requiescat in pace brother Ed.
October 5, 2021
"Eddie" was the brother I never had. . .we shared the same political views, sporting interests, and musical taste. He was a great guitarist, and an accomplished writer. What I like most about Eddie was his keen inquisitive mind, quick wit, and friendly smile. Eddie and I could debate the most esoteric of topics, or we could just "talk." And talk we did--its hard to believe that our friendship spanned almost 50 years, and we conversed monthly for the last 2 years of his life. Eddie, even in his illness was his convivial self, and I relished our conversations. It was a privilege to call Eddie my friend.