James McAlpine Hardy, 89, of Colchester, passed away peacefully at home on September 2, 2020. Born October 6, 1930 in Willimantic; he was a son of the late Charles and Marjory (Sherwood) Hardy. In 1947 James left his job, at the Hayward Farm’s dairy farm, to enlist in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. After the war he attended the New Hampshire Technical Institute where he graduated in 1956. During his college years he married his wife Barbara (Testa) Hardy in 1955. The couple shared 58 years of marriage together until she predeceased him in January of 2014. For 39 years James worked as a draftsman at Electric Boat in Groton until his retirement in 1995.
In his spare time he enjoyed giving back to the community. He served as a boy scouts leader of Troop 13 for 15 years, and was an advancement chairman for the scouts. James also volunteered for habitat for humanity in Salem and the meals on wheels program for Colchester seniors. He will be forever loved and remembered by children: Thomas and wife, Cindy, Tracy and wife, Betsy, and Terese Russi, of Colchester, CT, Tammy Wagendorf and husband JD of Elk City, ID, and Timothy and wife, Sara of Glen Allen, VA; eight grandchildren; a great granddaughter. And numerous extended family and friends. In addition to his wife he was predeceased by a son-in-law Thomas Russi, his sisters Helen Kennedy, Martha Parker, Marjorie O’Neal and his brother Waldo Hardy. Jim enjoyed camping with family and friends, hiking, gardening, woodworking and traveling. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Burial will be private. Care of private arrangements have been entrusted to the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to The American Heart Association or Habitat for Humanity. For online condolences please visit: www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com
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