HARLAND A. MACIA - CANTERBURY, N.H. - Harland "Hardy" Arthur Macia, 43, died peacefully on Monday, May 13, 2013, in Westford, surrounded by a wealth of family and friends. Hardy had fought a relatively short battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was born on June 16, 1969, in Portsmouth, Va., the son of Harland II and Sharon (Bister) Macia. He attended school in Westmont, N.J., and Essex Junction, graduating from the EJHS in 1987. He graduated from Drexel University in 1992, with a degree in computer science. Upon graduation, he founded and ran his own computer software company, Catamount Software, receiving many accolades for his programs throughout the years. Hardy was a free spirit who did things his own way, from ordering dessert before his meal at a restaurant, to running for Governor of Vermont on the Libertarian ticket. He moved to New Hampshire as part of the Free State movement. He raised support and money for many Libertarian candidates, including Gov. Gary Johnson, who ran for President in 2012. He loved Vermont but not the taxes. He loved the outdoors: hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing and snowboarding. Most of all he was a people person. He loved his family and loved his friends. Hardy is survived by his wife, Heidi Bruce Macia; their sons, Austyn Kemp and Matthew Gingras; his mother, Sharon James and husband, Bill, of Lincoln; his father, Art Macia and wife, Cindy, of Wynnewood, Pa.; his brothers, William Macia and wife, Marya, of Henderson, Nev., and Chris Macia and wife, Faith, and their children, Jessica and Ashley of Attleboro, Mass.; and by his sister, Karen Adams and husband, Dave, of Waldorf, Md., and their sons, Dante and Steven. Hardy is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Joyce Garcia of Vernon, Conn., Phyllis George of Shelburne, Dan Flood of Hardwick, Ruth and Jim Parylak of Waterford, Conn., Fred Burbank of Jericho, Norma and Jon Ojala of Jericho, Marilyn and Grant Thomas of Westford, and Janet and Roy Knutsen of St. Albans; and by several nieces and nephews, five stepsiblings and their families and his many cousins, whom he was very close to. He was also survived by his father-in-law, Daniel Bruce and his wife, Tori, of Warrensburg, N.Y.; and his sister-in-law, Mindy Heath and her husband, Shaun, of helburne and their daughter, Jayna. He also leaves his special friends, Stefanie Pigeon, Taylan Hagen and Jasmyne Davies. Hardy was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Bill and Joyce Bister; his paternal grandparents, Harland and Clara Machia; his uncles, Gil Garcia and Albert George; and aunts, Rose Flood and Margaret (Peggy) Burbank. At Hardy's request, there will be no visiting hours or funeral service at this time. A Celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com. For those who wish memorial contributions in Hardy's name may be made to help children with Autism, through the Autism Society, 4340 East West Hwy Suite 350, Bethesda, MD, 20814; or The Hodgskins Lymphoma Foundation, 115 Broadway Suite 1301, New York, New York 10006; or to Libertarian Party (https://www.lp.org/contribute. ) to help carry on Hardy's fight.

Published by The Burlington Free Press on May 15, 2013.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

17 Entries
I was so sorry to read about Hardy's death in the Free Press. I knew Hardy years ago in Grand Isle and he was such a great young man. I am now 87 and live in Wake Robin Retirement Community but I remember Hardy and I going from door to door in GI County talking to people about the politics of the Islands and Vermont. We never did get very far with our discussions up there but I do remember what a bright young man he was and we did have fun. We went to places I never knew existed in GI.
He was a computer whiz. also, as I recall and my son,Doug and I, who lived across the road from him, used him often as our computer guru. My sincere condolences to his entire family. Evelyn R. Smith, Shelburne, VT
May 20, 2013
From this 'puter geek to you and those you have left behind: God Speed to Heaven, and Peace.
Eddie Savage
May 18, 2013
To the family and friends of Hardy, and to Hardy wherever you may be....

Hearing of your passing brought both sadness and joy. Sadness at the passing of someone I enjoyed interacting with all those years ago when you created awesome software titles.

Yet joy in the memory of you and of those times. You were always a wonderful person to work with, even when you asked the hard questions and we could not answer them quickly enough.

To those you leave behind, my sincere condolences. I am not sure what I can do out here in California, but if there is anything, you only need to ask.

I wish you comfort in your sadness, and all the best as you move through this life without Hardy physically by your side.

Maurice Sharp
ex-Apple Newton Developer Tech Support
ex-Palm Developer Tech Support
Maurice Sharp
May 18, 2013
From a crazy Greek (an unknowing Message Pad user): I wish you a good Paradies Harland A. Macia
Charalampos Charalampos
May 18, 2013
A superb programmer for the Apple Newton.
RIP, Hardy Macia. Condolences to his family and friends.
Ronnie Simon
May 18, 2013
There are many folks who benefitted from his warmth and honor - we will miss him.
L.W. Brown
May 18, 2013
I only knew Hardy through his Apple Newton and iPhone software, but even though we never met face-to-face, I feel I have lost a very close friend. To paraphrase 2 Timothy 4:7, You fought the good fight, you finished your race, you kept your faith.

Rest In Peace, my friend.
Dennis Swaney
May 17, 2013
Hardy was a good man with a huge heart. He had an affect on so many lives, and even the lives of people who never had the honor of meeting him. Our prayers are with you and yours during this time, and please know that there are so many who will continue his work and honor his name.
Coffey Family
May 17, 2013
Been a lifetime since we saw you and your family. May your rest in peace and may your family find peace in the many wonderful memories they have
Kevin Sheridan
May 17, 2013
Dear Sharon and Bill: my heart goes out to you as you mourn your son. I know the love of your family will sustain you through this time.
Sally Howe
May 16, 2013
Marilyn and all the many loved ones whom Hardy's life touched,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Hardy was a wonderful, kind, giving and generous soul who lived his life to the very fullest but should have had more life to live.
I am thinking of you all and sending prayers and love your way.
Much love,
Julie Elmore
Julie Elmore
May 16, 2013
To Hardy's Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. It has been a few years since the wrestling days but the memories are still with us. I knew just being around Hardy, that he would make a difference in the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Blaine & Therese Isham
May 15, 2013
I had the good fortune to know and campaign with Hardy. He always wore a smile even when he knew he was fighting a losing battle. That smile continued as he campaigned after his diagnosis. His positive attitude has taught me a great life lesson..and for that I am so greatful. Love to his family and friends. Hardy was a wonderful man and will be missed by many.
Joan Bastek
May 15, 2013
Great picture of Hardy. My fondest memory
of Hardy was last fall, when he took a gadget from his pocket and answered all my questions about the stars that were shining that night. Always had a smile and a kind word. You will be missed by many. R.I.P. Linda, and family
May 15, 2013
Glen Aldrich
May 15, 2013
My heart goes out to the Bister/Burbank families and the next generations who have had too many losses recently. Knowing that you will carry on and keep the good memories.
Always, Kathy Duprey
May 15, 2013
Sharon & Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.
Don & Dianne Fay
May 15, 2013
Showing 1 - 17 of 17 results