James A. Hardy ’74

James “Jim” Arthur Hardy passed away at home surrounded by family in the early morning hours of January 31, 2024. Jim is survived by his wife of 40 years June (Egan) Hardy, his mother Joan (Zielny) Hardy, his son Wesley Hardy ’04 and daughter-in-law Shelly, his brother John “Jack” Hardy ’71 and sister-in-law Kathy, and many nieces and nephews. An Easthampton native born July 10, 1956, James was known for his wit, and dry sense of humor. He graduated Cum Laude from The Williston Northampton School earning a medal in wrestling and went on to study art at UMASS under John Grillo. A lifelong recreational fisherman introduced to the sport by his grandfather Alexander Zielny, James maintained maps of the “best spots” both new and old. A job as a bank teller in his youth expanded into a thirty-year career in the securities industry, affording him the ability to create an at-home art studio later in life. His works have been on display in multiple local exhibitions; and fill his family’s homes. Donations can be made to The Hospice Foundation of America.

Calling hours will be Monday, February 5, 2024 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm at the Czelusniak Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Tuesday at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Annunciation Chapel, Beacon St. in Florence, MA at 10 am.

3 thoughts on “James A. Hardy ’74”

  1. I am so sorry to hear this. Jim was a lovely “boy” when we attended school together. He had the quirkiest sense of humor, and was so very kind to me when I was a new student. My condolences to his family.

  2. I am saddened by this news. I looked forward to seeing Jim again at our upcoming reunion. He was a kind friend and teammate whose wisdom and calm demeanor will be remembered by all.

    1. I miss Jimmy. He was a great friend and lots of fun to hang out with. He was very funny and witty and had a nice easygoing disposition. I still
      remember when we went to see ” A Clockwork Orange” together.

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