Thomas Michael Hardy of Reading, MA, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019, at the age of 78.
Tom was born to parents Francis H. Hardy and Elinor (Galvin) Cloutier-Hardy on June 20, 1941, in Lynn, MA. He grew up as the second of six children and attended St. Mary’s Boy’s High School, Lynn, class of 1959. He graduated from Merrimack College Class of 1963 with a major in French, and University of Massachusetts Boston Class of 1973 with a Master of Education in Secondary Education / School Administration / Psychology. In 1962, Tom took a position as a teacher at Dom Bosco High School in Boston. In 1965, he taught at St. Mary’s High School in Cambridge and was only there 3 months when he was drafted by the Army to the Vietnam War and was stationed in Saigon as a Translator from 1965-1967. Upon his return, Tom married Eileen Margaret Trane in August 1969, and the couple had five children. Later that year, he took a position at Matignon High School where he taught for 33 years. Tom is survived by his wife, Eileen; his five children, Michelle Hardy Kennedy and her husband Conway Kennedy, Brian Hardy, Christopher Hardy and his wife Kathryn (Wessel) Hardy, Jeffrey Hardy and his wife Alison (McLaughlin) Hardy, and Colleen Hardy; his ten grandchildren, Alexandra, Maddox, Jameson, Bennett, Samantha, Ella, Abigail, Lilly, Will, and Hollis; his brother, Francis X. Hardy and his wife, Ellen Hardy and his sister, Ann Hardy Jones and her husband Alfred Jones. He also has many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his sisters, Eileen Brown and Mary Murphy; his brother William Hardy; and his parents, Francis and Elinor. He dedicated his life to teaching and family. He will be greatly missed by so many students, colleagues, friends, and his loving family.
A public wake will be at Keefe Funeral Home on July 9 between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. The funeral mass will take place at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in North Reading, MA on July 10 at 11 a.m., and friends and family are invited to attend the internment of the ashes at Mount Auburn Cemetery at a later date to be determined. Tom set up a fundraiser for his birthday, and we would like to exceed his goal in lieu of flowers.
Posted to Facebook by Tom, “For my birthday this year, I'm asking for donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I've chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you'll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal. I've included information about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital below.
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90%, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.”