A good friend of mine, Harry Hardy, passed away this evening in Helena, Montana after his third bout with cancer. I have known the Hardy family since the late 70’s and have shared many wonderful times with them over the years. He was a throat cancer survivor from the mid ’70’s and was a pretty tough old bird.
Harry was a musician, a band director, and a wood craftsman. He enjoyed life and pursued his many interests with great zeal. He was a big fan of dixieland jazz and played in a few bands in Montana and did some touring also. One of his claims to fame was being an uncredited actor in the Jimmy Stewart movie, “The Glenn Miller Story”. Harry was directing the military band (I believe on an airstrip) when Jimmy (Glenn in the movie) pushed him out of the way and took over directing. Harry was in a military band in his young years as he was a quite talented low brass player. Harry many times called the movie, and I quote, “The Glenn Miller Story starring Harry G. Hardy and co-starring Jimmy Stewart.”
Here is a picture of Harry from the 1978 Capital High Yearbook from one of the schools where he taught. I found this picture on their “Class of ’78” website where many mentioned Mr. Hardy as their favorite teacher.
Harry is survived by his wife, Molly, his children Kathy and David, 2 brothers and a sister, and many nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.
You can find his obituary and other comments on this link: Helena Independent Record – Life Story of Harry G. Hardy.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may your perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace, amen.