James Hardy


“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.

5 thoughts on “James Hardy

  1. Helen Ahern Gamble

    So happy we were all able to be together for Nik and Megan’s beautiful wedding! What a celebration it was!!!Thank you so much for raising such an amazing son for my daughter to have with her on this journey in life and that I now call son-in-law! I know how much you loved our Megan and you always thought of her as family long before they were married. You are now up there with Tim and your loved ones that have gone before you! You will be sadly missed by so many! I feel blessed to have known you! RIP James Thoughts and prayers to you all!

  2. Forster Family

    Our family sends you many prayers and hugs Mrs. Hardy! I wish I had the words to take away your sadness and bring you peace and comfort. Please know we’re thinking of you and your family! Love, Matt and Roseanne

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