Obituary of Robert W. Hard, Sr.
Robert William Hard of Garrison passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
Robert was born in Peekskill on February 7, 1931, to Lavinia O’Toole and Francis Benjamin Hard. As a young man, Bob worked at Vic’s garage on Washington Street before joining the Marine Corps to fight in the Korean War. He graduated from Hendrick Hudson High School.
On October 7, 1956, Bob was married to Pamela Delamater at Assumption Church in Peekskill. He was a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of Loretto Parish at St. Joseph’s Chapel in Garrison. Before he retired, Bob worked as an operating engineer with the local 137 and contributed to numerous construction projects across the region.
Bob’s passions included gardening, cooking, model aircraft, astronomy, and being a loving grandfather (Pop). He could build anything, fix anything, and he was always good for a laugh and a glass of wine. Pop was truly the rock of his large extended family, and he is missed dearly and remembered fondly.
Bob is predeceased by his beloved wife Pamela, and four of his siblings: Thomas, Joseph, Harry, and Mary. He is survived by his sister Kathryn Lounsbury, his five children: Francis Hard (Pamela Hard), Robert Hard (Kathy DiBart), Mary Haskell (Tony Haskell), Susan Freeman (Robert Freeman), Joseph Hard; ten grandchildren; Amy (Michael Nishimura) Haskell, Zachary Freeman, William (Taylor) Haskell, Molly (Connor) Walsh, Lucas (Paige) Freeman, Robert Haskell, Madison Freeman, Sarah Hard, Matthew Hard, Jacob Hard; many nieces and nephews and three great-grandchildren: Derek and Evelyn Nishimura and Ronan Walsh. He is also survived by the most recent of at least 17 pets: puppy dogs, Angus and Pippa, and cat, Jasper.
A memorial service to be held at a later date.
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