Willard E. Hardy of Getzville, who operated his own electrical company, died Tuesday in his home after a long illness. He was 81.
Born in Getzville and raised on a farm, Mr. Hardy attended Tonawanda High School. He later attended Seneca Vocational High School for electrical training.
He served in the Army during World War II from 1944 until after the war in 1946, training at Fort Dix, N.J. He then was stationed in Hawaii; Okinawa,
Japan; and Korea, where he drove trucks and entertained his fellow troops with his accordion.
In the 1940s, Mr. Hardy worked for McCannon Chain Co., J.H. Williams and Wurlitzer. As an electrician, he worked for several contractors before establishing his own firm, Hardy Electric, in 1948. He retired in 1987.
Mr. Hardy was an active member of Local 41, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was active with union retirees and served as a credit union officer. He was also a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church and volunteered with Meals on Wheels and at Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
He enjoyed camping, playing the accordion, square dancing and working on model planes and boats.
His first wife, Betty Stroud Hardy, died in 1964.
Mr. Hardy is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Priore; two daughters, Diane of Buffalo and Jennifer Prznosch of Amherst; two sons, David of Lutz, Fla., and Michael of Springville; two brothers, Elmer Bolter of Menomonee Falls, Wis., and Melvin Bolter of Milwaukee, Wis.; and six grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Pius X Church, 1700 North French Road, Getzville. Burial will be in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Williamsville.