William T. E. Hardy

February 9, 1924 to March 13, 2016

Bill was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He served in the RAF. After WWII, he worked his way around the world as a stevedore with the Merchant Marines. He and the family moved to Canada in July 1969. He continued his career as a school teacher in Alberta, Yukon then in British Columbia on Lasqueti Island and Powell River. He and his wife, Mary, settled in Nanaimo when they retired.

A gentle man and a gentleman, Bill was respected and loved by those who knew him. An avid horticulturist, he specialized in alpines and rhododendrons. He volunteered for Nanaimo’s Horticulture and Rhododendron Societies and VIRAGS. He served in many positions within the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS. He is survived by his wife Mary, and children Suzanne (Ron) Cooper, Graeme (Karen) Hardy, Pene (Steve) Kenny, Robert (Kellie) Hardy, eight grandchildren, five great-grand children and brother, Trevor (Sandy) Hardy of N. Z.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 9, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, 2424 Glen Eagle Cres. Nanaimo.

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