Russell William Hardy
August 21, 1951 – May 12, 2021
Russell W. Hardy, age 69, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at his home on Chester Turnpike in Candia, New Hampshire. He was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on August 21, 1951 to the late Elliot and Harriett Hardy of Candia, NH. Throughout his life he had several nicknames; "Stork" to his many friends and "Uncle Picky" to his many nieces and nephews because of his prickly beard. He was always ready for whatever came next. His favorite words were Honor, Respect and Pride. In 1969 he became a member of the 197th Field Artillery Brigade in the Battlefield Searchlight Battery, of the New Hampshire Army National Guard. He then went active duty joining the Combat Support Company, 2nd Battalion of the 69th Armored Regiment, a part of the 197th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia. There he served as the company clerk working directly with the unit Commander and First Sergeant, attaining the rank of Corporal. Between his active Army service and National Guard he served a total of five years and six months. After his service in the Army he enjoyed jumping out of perfectly good airplanes and often parachuted both at Pepperell and Orange, Massachusetts, amassing over 100 jumps. His other interests throughout his life were gun collecting, survivalist, prepper, fishing, hunting, militaria collector, target shooting, camping, owning several Triumph motorcycles, pickup trucks, Corvettes, hippie vans, story teller, woods walking, Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs, Maine Coon cats, frequenting Riley's Sport Shop, field bomb car racing, car fixer-upper, family parties, and large neighborhood parties. He was a long time member as well as an officer of the Deerhead Sportsmen's Club and member of the Londonderry Fish & Game Club. As a teenager, he was a part time driver in the family ice cream business, a typesetter at The Union Leader newspaper, and a chicken fryer at Kentucky Fried Chicken. As an adult, he then worked as a stevedore at the State Pier at Portsmouth, NH. He also worked as a laborer, pipe fitter and welder at Seabrook New Hampshire Nuclear Power Station. The Laborer's Union sent him for further schooling as a rock driller and explosives blaster. After his training, he performed those jobs at the Seabrook Nuclear Station. When the Seabrook Nuclear Station was completed, he moved on to Abbott Drilling & Blasting of Derry, NH. 1n 1985, he, along with his brother Mark and another partner, then formed two companies, Blastech and Blast-Tek both of Candia, NH. One company was involved in rock drilling and blasting such things as foundations, road grades, pole setting and gas lines. The other company was involved in specialty work such as blasting and demolition of river dams, bridges and buildings. For a change of pace, he moved on to Maine Drilling & Blasting for 3 years, then returning to Blastech & Blast-tek for a further 14 years until his retirement in 2018. He is survived and missed by his daughter Jamie Hardy Jordan, husband Matthew, and her mother Louise McCann of Hooksett, NH; his brother Bruce Hardy and wife Doreen of Manchester, NH; sister Lisa Hardy Chronis and husband Marc of Pembroke, NH; sister Cara Hardy Cote and husband Gary of Chichester, NH; and sister-in-law Eileen Brosnan Hardy (wife of Mark Hardy) of Limerick, Ireland. He was predeceased by his brother Mark Hardy of Candia, NH. He is survived by his nieces Erin Hardy Heald, Bryn Hardy Colby, Sayr Hardy Rivera, Therese Chronis Provencher, Naomi Chronis Abraham, and Sarah Cote. He is survived by his nephews Scot Hardy, Adam Cote, Stephen Cote, and Randy Hardy. He is survived by many other relatives and friends. Burial will take place on Monday June 7th at 2:30PM at the NH State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Hwy, Boscawen NH. The public is welcome. Immediately after the burial ceremony, there will be a Celebration of Life at Granite Tapas & Cocktail Lounge, 1461 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, NH . All are welcome.
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Monday, June 7, 2021
Celebration of Life
Monday, June 7, 2021
Russell William Hardy
May 27, 2021
I knew Stork and Mark back in the 1970's when I lived with Moe Fournier. They were both great guys. Sorry for your loss and sorry to learn that Mark predeceased him. Rest in peace.
May 23, 2021
I love you more than Words!!!! I can't even express how honored I am to be your daughter. I will be forever grateful for you always being you! YOU ARE ME & I AM YOU.... FOREVER! I LOVE YOU MORE THAN U COULD EVER IMAGINE!!!! I promise I will be with you forever and I'm confident you are right by my side. Love you soooooo soooooo sooooo much! I would do anything for you!!!!!!
May 16, 2021
So many good memories with you my friend till we meet again RIP . Love you forever.
May 16, 2021
Russell and I met over 20 years ago on Veterans Day. During our conversation we found out that we had served in the same unit together some years apart. Our friendship grew and he became my best friend. I loved him very much and I will miss him dearly
May 14, 2021
Sincere sympathy to Jamie, Bruce, Lisa, Cara, Uncle Everett and all the extended Hardy family on the sudden passing of dear Russ. I am so shocked and saddened and send condolences to each of you. He was very good to me and helped me a lot in the last few years. He had a kind heart and loved his family very much. He was one of a kind and a good friend to so many people. Cherish the memories you have of him and it will help ease the pain of his loss in the days and weeks ahead. He will be forever in our hearts and always remembered. Rest in peace dear Russ.