HELEN HARDY

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  • "Our thoughts are with you at this time, we know how much..."
    - Diane Ashton
  • "Greg, Ross, Leslie, Bud, Gord notified me Thursday that..."
    - Tim Sedgewick
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  • "Sincere sympathy to Bud and Family from Larry & Marie..."
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    - Barb and Dan Danaher
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Helen Jean Hardy March 19, 1918 November 27th 2011 On November 27th we lost a very dear and greatly loved wife, mother, grandmother and friend when Helen Jean Hardy passed away at the age of 93. She will be forever remembered by husband Bud, daughter Leslie (Michael Bossin), Ottawa, grandchildren Danielle and David of Toronto: Greg (Wanda Wiegers), grandchildren Emma and Carlos of Saskatoon and Meacham: Ross (friend Louis Turner) of New York City. As well as her brother Don Thompson (Mary) of Invermere B.C. and their family, she leaves to mourn sister in law Bernice Hellofs of Saskatoon, Mavis Dodds of Edmonton, Shirley Wotherspoon (Ken) of Hope B.C., brother-in-law, Hugh (Betty Joan) of Guelph, Ontario, Muriel Sheffield (Elwyn) both deceased, and cousins and nieces throughout Canada. Helen was born to parents, John and Jean Thompson, in Moose Jaw where she lived, attended high school and worked until 1947. In her younger years, Helen was interested in sports and participated in badminton and golf, and rowing on the Moose Jaw River. Her family spent summers in Vancouver, a city that Helen adored. Upon graduating from high school, she took a business course followed by work for several years with the T. Eaton Co. in office administration. She was an avid fan of the Moose Jaw Millers hockey team in the late 30s and early 40s. Helen was also an active member of the Princess Pats Service Club during World War II and along with several other community services, raised money and sent care packages and letters to the men of the 77th battalion regiment serving in Italy. In 1946, she met William "Bud" Hardy at the Elks Hillcrest Golf Club where she was a member and Bud was the club professional. They married in the spring of 1947 in Moose Jaw and then moved to Saskatoon where Bud was the manager of the newly built Broadway Theatre which also housed a lovely apartment that became their first home. They lived there for 2 years, during which time Leslie was born. In 1956, after the births of Greg and Ross, they settled in the Avalon area where they lived until moving into Chalet Gardens. They had 17 happy years there and two years ago, moved into Luther Towers. Helen was a full-time and wonderful, loving mother who was always there for each child, helping them in every aspect of growing up. She had their profound respect and love throughout her life. All three children have been close since their early years. They have regular visits and have called each other at least once a week and their mother and dad more often. This meant so very much to Helen and gave her great comfort. Helen did a very admirable job of bringing up her children as Bud was away much of the time, particularly in spring and fall during his 40 years on the road as a manufacture's agent. Helen and Bud made a decision early in life to travel. They were fortunate to take winter vacations and enjoy extended stays across Canada, both East and West, across the United States, from New York to Florida, California, Arizona and Hawaii, and throughout Europe. They often played at famous golf courses such as St Andrews in Scotland. Over the years, they had a circle of close friends who shared a multitude of golf games and card games with much fun and laughter along the way. Helen loved to play bridge and continued to do so well into her 80s. She kept herself very well informed of current events, loved to engage in conversation about issues she cared about and had a strong sense of social justice for all. Helen was also a gourmet cook who constantly amazed both her family and guests with wonderful dinners. She had refined taste in most things, loved clothes and took great pride in dressing well with an elegant touch. Helen was a very avid reader her whole life and even after suffering from macular degeneration, kept up her interest in books by listening to talking books provided by the C.N.I.B. and the public library. And even though slowed by blindness and latterly with deafness, she took pleasure in social events with family and friends, attending art openings and never turning down an invitation to go somewhere. She enjoyed going for walks up until the day before she passed away. Even though she was at heart a very private person, she had many dear and close friends, most of whom have predeceased her. Helen had a great full life and if she had one regret, it was that she was never able to fulfill her youthful dream of going to university and becoming a registered nurse. It was Helen's wish that a only a private family memorial service be held. Interment of her ashes will take place at a later date. No flowers please and if desired, donations can be made to C.N.I.B., 1705 Mckercher Drive, Saskatoon S7H 5N6 or the Sask. Abilities Council, 2310 Louise Ave., Saskatoon S7J 2C7. Condolences may be sent to mail@saskatoonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to SASKATOON FUNERAL HOME (244-5577).
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Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3, 2011
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