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Dr. Stephen James Hardy (retired), 60, formerly of Waterford, Pennsylvania, died peacefully in his sleep on February 5, 2018 at Woodland Park after battling a long-time illness.
He was born on Christmas Eve, 1957, the son of Donna (Whitsel) Hardy of State College and the late Ronald Hardy.
Dr. Hardy is survived by his three daughters, Stephanie Hardy-Joslin and her husband Todd of Wexford; Melissa and Kelli Hardy of Girard, and their mother, Teresa Wennick-Hardy, also of Girard. He is also survived by his sister, Annette Hampton and her husband Michael, of Pennsylvania Furnace, and his nephews, James and David.
He was a 1975 graduate of Mount Union Area High School, a 1979 graduate of Juniata college, and a 1983 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his medical studies at Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie, PA, and served there as an emergency room physician for many years before leaving to pursue private practice in both Waterford and later, Meadville. He was a favorite physician for many patients in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Apart from being a popular physician, 'Doc' had a love for music, cooking, and sports, particularly baseball. He played baseball for many years, starting in little league, high school, college, and many pick-up softball leagues in the Erie and Meadville areas. He was also an avid golfer and bowler. His family and friends will remember his competitive spirit, his singing and his guitar playing.
At his wish, no public service will be held. He will be interred at Morningside Cemetery in Dubois, PA, alongside his father.
Arrangements are being made by the Robert Heath funeral home in Mount Union, PA.
Memorial contributions in memory of Dr. Hardy can be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15289, Arlington VA, 22215; the American Heart Association, 5545 North High Street, Columbus OH, 43214, or to a charity of the donors' choice.
Published on February 7, 2018
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