November 16, 1930 ~ March 22, 2020

Born in: Gary, IN
Resided in: Greece, NY

Joseph Franklin Hardy

Greece: Joseph F. Hardy (Jimbo, Mike, Pa Pa Joe) He has now “Gone with God” as he always said. Joe was born in Gary, Indiana in 1930 and went to join his Lord on 3/22/2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Melveen Hardy, 5 of 7 siblings , Leon, Tom, Juanita, Willie and Arthur and the Love of his life Nan Graham who he’s waiting to join. He is survived by his brother Dave/Shirley Hardy, S-1-L Theresa Hardy, many nieces and nephews who loved him and called him Pa Pa Joe. PaPa Joe was also close with Nans family, Carol Ann, Cande, Bee and their families. He will be missed by all family friends in NY. And Florida and be remembered by his handing out of things, like; Here have ‘My Card’; ‘Praise God to whom all blessings flow ‘and ‘Go With God’ and his little remarks; How High Is Up?, to his great nieces/nephews, and reply to ‘How are you?, with; ‘Compared to What’, and many more!!! He was a Mason, Life member of VFW, supported many charities, churches, and as a caretaker for more than one person. Joe was a Chef in the Marines for 22yrs , then for the NYC Sheriffs Dept, In Sept. 2018, Joe moved to Rochester, NY to be near his family. Special Thanks to nephew Larry/Sue Ann Dennis who assisted their Uncle Dave and Joe with any needs in Rochester, NY and to Jeff/Johanna Hardy, in Idaho, who followed thru with Joes wishes and needs after his death. Joe will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with Masonic and Military Honors. There will be a Memorial Service at Messiah Lutheran Church at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Peters Kitchen, Rochester NY, Doctors Without Borders and the American Cancer Society.  For more information and to sign his online guestbook visit

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Joseph F. Hardy 's name.

Doctor's Without Border's

PO Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741

St. Peter's Kitchen

681 Brown St., Rochester, NY 14611

American Cancer Society / Rochester

1120 S. Goodman St. Rochester, NY US 14620

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  1. Joe Hardy was a member at Grace Church in Port Orange Florida. One of the most giving people I’ve ever known. Always helping keep our food pantry open especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas so that those going through hard times had a good meal on the table for their family. He will be missed by all that knew him.

  2. “Gunny” was alway there to hand out a pin or some token to the people he met. I have a number of them and will treasure them in his memory. It was an honor to have known him and see him every Sunday at Grace Episcopal Church. May God be with his family.

  3. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of this American patriot. May he rest in eternal peace.

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