“God, Country, and Family” was James’ motto. His earlier years found him at Glassboro College with hopes of getting into stage production, an interest that first started at Camden Catholic. When he discovered there was a requirement for a dance class (not wearing work boots) he quickly exited stage left. James went back to what he enjoyed—working with his hands as a carpenter. Though he was a field supervisor for several builders, he always insisted he was just a carpenter by trade.
Of course Glassboro State wasn‘t a total bust: a young Mary Conklin caught his eye. He asked her out but she told him she had homework to do: watching a movie about Zulu Tribes. He stole her heart when he joined her that night. Nuptials soon followed.
Even though he was never much of a joiner, he boasted perfect attendance at the Living Room Princess Club with other founding members: son, Nicholas (Megan) and daughter, Ellen. He is survived by his father, Bob Hardy (Florence); brothers, Robert Hardy, Tim Hardy (Tracy); sisters, Cathy Cooney (Chris), Trish Bear (Ryan), Theresa Forsyth (Paul) and Sara Hardy (Bobby). He was predeceased by his mother, Peg and brother, Billy.
Come celebrate 53 great years Thursday from 6 to 8 pm at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 11am at The Church of the Nativity, 2677 Delsea Drive, Franklinville. Burial St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Swedesboro. Donations to the Franciscan Missionary Sisters, 212 Ellis St., Glassboro, NJ 08028 will be appreciated.