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Memorable Manitobans: James Robert William Hardy (1921-2008)

Educator, soldier.

Born at Yorkton, Saskatchewan on 30 June 1921, son of Robert William Hardy (1881-1935) and Margaret Kessack, the family moved to Manitoba in 1924 where he grew up at Sprague and attended Hardy School. In 1941, he enlisted in the Canadian Army and served in England, Sicily, and Italy. Returning from military service, he attended the University of Manitoba and received BA, BPed, BEd, and MEd degrees.

On 31 March 1948, he married Jeanette Miller Black (1920-1988) at Knox United Church in Winnipeg and went on to have three children. The couple moved to The Pas where he taught for a while before returning to Winnipeg to become Principal of St. Avila East School (1953-1954). He taught school in England before re-enlisting with the military (1956-1968) and was stationed with the Royal Canadian Air Force at St. Jean, Quebec and Winnipeg. He retired a Captain then acquired a Doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto. He was a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brandon University (1968-1986), after which he retired.

He died at Brandon on 11 February 2008.


Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Jeanette Black plights troth to James Hardy,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 April 1948, page 18.

Obituary [Jeanette Miller Hardy], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 October 1988, page 44.

Winnipeg Estate file PR88-01-13617, Jeanette Miller Hardy, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 February 2008, page 47.

Obituary [Margaret Jean “Peggy” Hardy], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 May 2010, page C15

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 June 2014

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