SirWilliam R. Hardy has a passion for technology and self-expression.
He puts it this way on his Instagram profile: “Totally misunderstood honest upfront very humble im not ya typical guy Love2 share good reviews I WRITE Pomes songs act edit vids network DRONEs.”
As @handiallcaps, he is a master of the hashtag. On many of his posts, he simply expresses his feelings at the moment with multiple hashtags.
Nothing in his Instagram posts or on his website seem to provide a clue to what took place shortly before midnight Monday in his home in a well-to-do subdivision off Losson Road in Cheektowaga, when his father, William Hardy, 54, was fatally shot.
“His father lived in California and may have been visiting,” said Cheektowaga Assistant Police Chief James J. Speyer Jr.
The younger Hardy was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of second-degree murder before Cheektowaga Town Justice Dennis Gorski.
Hardy, who is 31, also appears to be forthright about being paralyzed from the chest down, the result of a motorcycle accident in 2010.
One of his photos shows his license plate, “SIRHANDI,” with the motto, “Sicon stands for spinal cord injury over negativity.”
Because of his disability, he is being held without bail in confinement in Erie County Medical Center instead of the Erie County Holding Center, police said.
Residents who live in the quiet neighborhood knew little about Hardy, but they said in jest that they called his custom-built smart home the “peanut butter and jelly” house because of its tan and red exterior colors.
Hardy’s home was equipped with an extensive exterior surveillance system, one neighbor said. It was listed for sale for $400,000.
He moved into the neighborhood about two years ago, according to Sandy Scheib, who lives across the street from the Hardy home.
“There was always a lot of people there,” said Scheib. “There was always a lot of cars but not a lot of noise.”
Many questions about Hardy are answered on his website.
“Who is Sirwilliam Hardy?” the biography there begins. “If you ask somebody, what will they tell you? Will they tell you Sirwilliam Hardy was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, to mother, Rita Wallace, and father, William Hardy, from the Buffalo, NY, area? ... If more people really knew the Real Sirwilliam Hardy, the world would already be a better place.”
Hardy goes on to write about himself in the third person, about growing up in a military family and how his parents divorced when he was 5.
He talks about attending “sometimes 3 schools in one school year ... so he never made friends that stick.”
He admits to a learning disability – he says he did not graduate from high school – but also relates how in sixth grade he studied the stock market and compiled a fantasy portfolio.
He says he also lived in Lawton, Okla., and did odd jobs as a child to earn money, mowing grass and working at a movie theater and a military commissary.
Hardy declares that throughout his life he has had a passion for “money, movies, space, card(s), gadgets, people, music, business, technology, science, history and people.”
His most recent passion has been flying remote-controlled small aircraft. He posted photos taken by his drones inside his home in Cheektowaga and outdoors, high above his neighborhood.
“New to the editing thing and the drone community,” he posted in February. “... hopping to network and meet others are there other disabled doners out there lol and one wanna be my drone mentor????? I want to get into racing and tricks.”
Hardy notes that he “always wanted to be a father,” but “wasn’t in a rush.”
He adds that he planned to wait until he got married to have children “to make sure the foundation was secure when he found his wife to have a child with.”
He also discusses living with chronic pain, “functioning at a pain level of 8 and (refusing) to take narcotic pills.”
“Most people couldn’t handle 8 hours of it,” he writes, “let alone a whole day ... with that being said ... he has to deal with his issues alone. His recoveries alone ... so he picks what needs solving, at the same time ... try to enjoy life, and his sanity at the same time.”
In one of his posts, he seeks someone with medical training to accompany him on a plane so he can travel.
Hardy concludes his biography by seeing himself as a philanthropist: “His goal ... to start a foundation ... to help people who can’t do things who won’t be able to do things or see things in their life. He is going to be the voice and help people get things they need.”
News Staff Reporter Aaron Besecker contributed to this report.