Philip Anthony Hardwick
1925 - 2014
{ "" }
Share Philip's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Philip Anthony Hardwick

On November 7, 2014 Phil, age 89, passed away peacefully, of natural causes, at his home in Bellevue, Washington.

Phil was born on September 23, 1925 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, the second of seven children born to Loretta MacDonald and Alan Hubert Hardwick.

Phil graduated in Engineering from St Francis Xavier University in 1948, where he played hockey. He married Adele Lapin, on Feb. 20, 1954 in Toronto, Ontario. Phil visited Seattle while on duty with the Canadian Armed Forces and vowed he would return to live there someday. In 1957, Phil and Adele moved to Seattle, where Phil enjoyed an exciting and fulfilling career with the Boeing Company. Phil managed the AWACS program and the design and implementation of the Inertial Navigation System for the 747 project.

Phil lived his life with enthusiasm and optimism. After college, he played and coached hockey and was a founder of the Eastside Amateur Hockey Association. He taught skiing and loved all water sports. Phil had a lifelong passion for boats, the sea, and his family and friends. His family has fond memories of Opening Day and Husky games on the Hector, summers on the lake, and in the San Juan Islands.

Phil is Past Commodore of Queen City Yacht Club and Tyee Yacht Club.

Phil is survived by his wife of 61 years, Adele, along with their daughter Phyllis Hardwick Carlton (Rob) of Lake Oswego, OR, and John Hardwick (Marina) of Sammamish, WA.

Phil was extremely proud of his grandchildren and loved cheering them on at all of their activities. Katie, Anne, Jon, Jack, Nate, Jenny remember their grandfather's advice:

"Do what you love and it won't be work". From one of the grandkid's Facebook: "You (grandpa) taught me to view the glass as always being half full and the importance of hard work and persistence."

Phil is also survived by his siblings Gerald (Monica) Hardwick, Theresa Oliver, and John Smeltzer of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Arthur (Marie), Bernard (Shirley), James (Drucella), Joan Smeltzer (John).

In accordance with his wishes, Phil's ashes will be scattered at sea during an Eight Bells ceremony signifying the end of his "last watch."

His family wishes to thank the medical care team at Group Health, neighbors, and friends who were supportive and caring during the past year.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Phil's memory to Catholic Charities or the charity of your choice.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 16, 2014.
Please consider a donation, as requested by the family.
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by The Family
Not sure what to say?
1 entry
November 24, 2014
Phil was a true patriot, loyal, trustworthy, and had a wonderful sense of humor. I miss hearing his point of view at our 48th District Meetings. His passing has left a void in our group. Rest in peace, Phil.
Cynthia Cole
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences