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.