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Lyman C. Hardy, foreign language teacher at Sweet Home High Sept. 11, 1947 -- Sept. 19, 2009

Lyman C. Hardy, who taught foreign languages at Sweet Home High School for more than 25 years, died unexpectedly Saturday in his Town of Tonawanda home. He was 62.

Born in North Tonawanda, Mr. Hardy was valedictorian of Sweet Home High School's Class of 1965. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in foreign language studies from Brigham Young University.

Additionally, Mr. Hardy studied in Mexico and France, and earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University at Buffalo in 1978.

Mr. Hardy taught Spanish and later French at the high school from 1971 to 1999. He founded the school's Spanish Honor Society and hosted many foreign exchange students and their families.

He also was a member of the Hispanic Club of Buffalo, as well as several teachers organizations.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Jane Gross, and two brothers, Timothy and Brendel (Ted) II.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

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