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LEROY M. HARDY, EX-KEYPUNCH OPERATOR

Leroy M. Hardy, 83, a World War II veteran and former keypunch operator, died Thursday (Nov. 21, 2002) in Crestwood Health Care Center, Wheatfield, after a brief illness.

Hardy was born in Waverly and moved to Binghamton with his family when he was 7. He graduated from Binghamton North High School in 1940.

After working for two years as a switchman for the Delaware and Lackawanna Railroad, Hardy joined the U.S. Army Air Forces and was sent to New Guinea, where he spent three years as a corpsman near Port Moresby.

Hardy received an honorable discharge in August 1945 after suffering a knee injury. He returned to Binghamton and worked for Vail Ballou Publishing Co. until 1965, when workers went on strike and he lost his job. Hardy moved to Youngstown the following year and was hired by the Niagara Gazette as a keypunch operator. He retired from the paper in 1983.

Hardy was a member of Post 1083, American Legion, in Lewiston; the Disabled American Veterans; and the United Commercial Travelers.

When he lived in Binghamton, Hardy played church-league baseball and coached church-league basketball and youth baseball. He continued coaching in the Youngstown Recreation League and had several championship teams in both towns.

He was a Detroit Tigers fan.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Helen L. Carbrey; a son, Peter of Phoenix; two daughters, Mary Ellen Tower of Youngstown and Sally Hillman of Bloomsburg, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Hardison Funeral Home, North Fourth and Ridge streets, Lewiston. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.

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