Stanley T. Hardy Sr.
23 September 1924 –
November 5, 2020
Merrimac, MA – Stanley Thomas Hardy, Sr., 96, from Merrimac, died peacefully at his home on November 5, 2020, after being sick for a while, surrounded by his family.
He was born on September 23, 1924 in Orland, Maine, the son of the late Maurice and Ruby (Snowman) Hardy. He attended school in Little Deer Isle, Maine. At the age of 13, he quit school and went to sea by boat with his uncle. He worked on a barge off the coast of Maine and traveled by tug as far south to New Orleans and to Cuba. His knowledge of the sea, which he learned largely from his great uncle in Belfast, will serve him and his country well.
He enlisted in the US Navy on March 31, 1943, and after six weeks of basic training in Newport, RI, he was assigned to the destroyer USS Hall. He was the owner of the board and was among the crew who commissioned Hall on July 6, 1943. He spent more than two years serving in the Pacific Ocean. His ships were involved in the invasion of the Marshall Islands, invasion of the Philippines, attacks on the Luzon Islands, and was part of the fire support task force during the invasion of Saipan, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. He served on the destroyer until he was decommissioned in San Diego, in December 1945. He was then assigned to the cruiser USS Pensacola until he was honorably discharged on February 9, 1946, as a Third Class Quartermaster. During his tour of duty, he received the Asia Pacific Campaign Medal with 5 stars, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal with one star, and the Philippine Presidential Unit Quote.
On April 9, 1951, Hardy was called to active duty during the Korean War and assigned to a training ship on the Great Lakes. He was honorably discharged on November 7, 1951. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal for service during this period.
He married Eunice Gray on March 10, 1946, at his father’s house in Brooklin, ME. They moved to Merrimac, Mass. Dan Hardy worked in a leather shop and shoe store in Haverhill, Mass. They raised three children. He is a long time member of the VFW, is active in the Pilgrim Congregational Church, is a minor league coach, Cub Scout leader, member of the Auxiliary Police, member of the Merrimac Bowling League, and has enjoyed 35 years of square dancing with Olde Town Squares in Newburyport. But most of all, she loves to be with her family whether at her summer home in Brooklin, Maine where they have lots of cooking or boating events, or on camping trips they often enjoy during the summer months. Over the years, they traveled to the east coast of the United States, from Maine to Florida, visiting friends or family during their travels.
In 1999 they moved from Merrimac to Brooklin, Maine to live with the Grays’ house for about 17 years. Then in November 2016, they moved back to Merrimac to be closer to family members.
He is one of eight children. She had died previously by her sisters Jean Haskell and Katherine Sweeney, and her brothers Wilfred and Maurice (Billy). He also died previously by a son, Stanley Thomas Hardy, Jr. (Tom).
He is survived by his beloved wife Eunice (Gray) Hardy of 74 years, daughter Constance Gordon and husband John of West Newbury, son Gary Hardy and wife Marcia of Merrimac, sister, Juanita Monfet of Merrimac, MA, sister Janice Fisher and husband, Charles (Sonny) from Atkinson, NH, and his brother Lawrence Hardy and his wife, Marcia from Merrimac, MA; five grandchildren — Kelly Burke, Daren Gordon, Eric Hardy, Jeffrey Gordon and Scott Hardy; six great-grandchildren, Megan Burke, Ally Burke, Jordan Hardy; Anna, William and Thomas Gordon; and many nephews.
Due to COVID-19, private family services will be held at a later date. In lieu of interest, a donation may be made on Stanley’s behalf to The American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements were made with Direct Cremation of the Seacoast in Hampton, NH. Online guest book available at.
Published in 12 November 2020