HARDWICK, JAMES (JIM) - age 89 of the Tellico Village Community, Loudon, TN passed away on August 23, 2013. Jim was a member of the Community Church at Tellico Village. James was born in Stratford, Ireland and lived there until the family moved to Liverpool, England. He became a British merchant marine at the age of 15. During World War II, Jim survived three sunken ships and was on the beach during the "D" Day invasion. After the war, he continued to sail on merchant ships until he immigrated to Canada and subsequently to America. He married Joan Hildebrand in 1958 and recently celebrated their 55th anniversary. He held various jobs including working as a sailor, "walking the iron" (skyscraper construction), stevedore, and superintendent of marine terminals. Jim loved to play golf and cherished his children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Samuel Lloyd and mother Christina. His sisters Elsie Womak, Doris Reid, Evelyn Turner, Muriel Parsons and brothers baby William, Walter Hardwick also preceded Jim. Jim is survived by his wife Joan; his brothers Frank and Leslie and his children Carol Hardwick, Steven (JoEllen) Hardwick, Lloyd (Nicole) Hardwick, Robin (Jim) Zang. His surviving grandchildren include Jeremy (Julie) Hardwick, Andrew (Jodi) Hardwick, Jaclyn (Billy) Abraham, Jimmy Hardwick, Ryan Hardwick, and Lindsey Hardwick, Laura (Amir) Marmar, Neil Doherty, Adam Doherty, Adele Doolan and his great grandchildren include Luke, Poebe, Jude, Alfie, Brayden, Logan and Adelynn. Jim had many nieces and nephews living in the US, Canada and worldwide. A Celebration of Life service will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm at The Community Church at Tellico Village. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Community Church at Tellico Village or to the Salvation Army. Click Funeral Home & Cremations - Tellico Village Chapel is serving the family. www.clickfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Aug. 26, 2013