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Francis A. Hardick, retired businessman April 15, 1930 -- Sept. 12, 2005

Francis A. Hardick, a retired business owner, died Monday in his Amherst home after a long illness. He was 75.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Kenmore and attended St. Paul's School and Kenmore High School, where he was a member of the basketball team. He enlisted in the Navy in 1952 and served aboard the destroyer USS Francis M. Robinson.

A longtime Town of Tonawanda resident, Mr. Hardick had many business interests and real estate holdings over the years, including Harbei Communications, now Spectrum Communications, on Sheridan Drive. He also assisted his children in business ventures.

A thoroughbred race horse owner, he frequented Fort Erie Race Track. He also was an avid golfer.

His wife of 44 years, the former Mary Haffner, died in 2000.

Survivors include four sons, Joseph of Syracuse, William of Orchard Park, Albert of Amherst and Gerard of Clarence; two daughters, Kathryn Lowe of Buffalo and Joan Petrella of Clarence; a brother, Martin of Kenmore; three sisters, Mary Morris, Dorothy and Jean, and all of Kenmore; and 16 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, after prayers at 9 in D. Lawrence Ginnane Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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