B. Hardy Bedford, Jr., age 73, of Spring Lake, Mich., passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on April 11, 1939 to the late Buell and Elizabeth (Horton) Bedford in Jamestown, NY. Hardy married the former Sharon Ellwood on November 21, 1964 in Watsonville, CA. They have resided in the Tri-Cities area for nearly 48 years.
Hardy grew up in Dunkirk, NY, where he attend-ed Dunkirk High School and graduated from The Governor's Academy in South Byfield, MA. He received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Colgate University in 1961. He was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and the Colgate University Soccer Team that remained undefeated an entire season. The team's record stands more than fifty years later.
B. Hardy Bedford Jr.
An officer in the U.S. Navy, Hardy attended Officers Candidate School in 1961-62 before serving on the USS Cook (APD-130) as a Lt. JG Engineering Officer. He was part of two deployments to the Pacific during the Vietnam Era and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Following his military service, Hardy worked for Kraft Foods in Newark, NJ before joining with his brother, Bill, to purchase what became the Wharf Marina in Grand Haven. The marina more than tripled in size before it was sold in 1992. Hardy was a member of the West Michigan Marine Association and remained in the marine business until 2011, at the onset of his courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.
Hardy loved the Tri-Cities and volunteered frequently. He served as President of the Spring Lake Rotary Club and was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. He helped to organize the Trelawny Jamaica Outreach Project, a humanitarian medical mission. Always supportive of his children and the youth, Hardy was a founding member of the Spring Lake Sports Booster's Club. He helped establish soccer as a varsity sport in Spring Lake and was often seen on the soccer fields as a referee. He helped build the present soccer field. In addition, Hardy helped to organize the Spring Lake Area Public Schools Foundation, serving on the board as well as serving on Kandu Industries Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
He was a member and leader at St. John's Episcopal Church, where he served as Senior Warden, Lay Reader, Pastoral Caller, and co-chaired the recent church renovations.
Hardy adored his family and enjoyed special times with his children and grandchildren. He immensely enjoyed boating, golfing, biking, traveling, and spending time at Crystal Lake. Hardy had a great sense of humor and always enjoyed telling or hearing a good joke. Anyone who ever received one of Hardy's original poems or lyrics to a favorite tune, considered themselves blessed.
Hardy is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Sharon; children: Michelle (Robert) Hutter of South Lyon, MI, Alyssa (Ryan) Kosanic, and Buell H. (Sarah) Bedford III "Tripp" all from Chicago, IL; six grandchildren: Megan and Katherine Hutter, Jadyn and Payton Kosanic, and Marie and Eve Bedford; brother, William (Carol) Bedford of Chicago, IL; sister-in-law, Bonnie Furman of LaQuinta, CA; and nieces and nephews: Laura Bedford, Tracey Bedford and her husband Colin Kihnke, William H. (Christine) Bedford, Jr., and Brian H. (Katelyn) Bedford.
He was preceded in death by his nephew, Michael Buell Bedford.
Funeral services were held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Grand Haven on April 5, 2013.. Memorial contributions may be given to Colgate University Men's Soccer Goal Getters: Attn: Erick Ronning, Reid Athletic Center, 13 Oak Drive, Hamiliton, NY 13346 or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue 5th floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.
Please visit www.klaassenfuneralhome.com to sign Hardy's online guestbook or share a memory with his family. Arrangements by Klaassen Family Funeral Home.