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Andy Hardy


1958 - 2014
Andy Hardy Obituary
Andy Hardy

February 4, 1958 ~ December 5, 2014

Andrew Christopher Hardy, 56, died unexpectedly in his sleep of heart failure in Des Moines, WA. Andy was born in Mount Vernon, WA, to Francis (Frank) W. Hardy and Janet (McKellar) Hardy, both originally from British Columbia. He grew up in Montesano, WA, and graduated in 1980 from Central Washington University where he studied Food Science. Andy met Linda Chan at CWU; they married in Tacoma in 1982, and had two daughters. From an early age he loved to cook and later worked in the food industry, mainly in the seafood industry, for NOAA (Kodiak, Alaska), Tyson Seafoods (two years in Shanghai, China), McDonald Meats, DaVinci Syrups, and most recently for Uwajimaya. Andy spent many happy early years fishing in B.C. and later in Puget Sound and Westport. He spent a lifetime gardening and providing urban habitat for birds, enjoyed the success of the Seahawks, and spent many hours working on cars. His partner Pam of 14 years recently moved into memory care in Des Moines, WA. He adored his daughters Amy Hardy, Ally Hardy, and best dog ever Buddy. He is survived by brother Ron Hardy and wife Barb (Twin Falls, ID), sister Joan Hardy and husband Greg Ruggerone (Kenmore), sister Judy Hardy (Seattle), nieces Anna (Steve, Quinn and Drew Shilman), Clare (Shad, Brianna, Caitlin, and Brooke Reding), and Leah Ruggerone; nephew David Ruggerone; and cousins from around the world.

The family thanks Andy's wonderful neighbors, colleagues, and friends. Remembrances suggested to Audubon Society, Humane Society, local food banks, or Long Live the Kings. A memorial was held Saturday December 13 at Bonney Watson, Seattle, followed by an open house.
Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 14, 2014
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