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Charles Grant Hardy, Jr.

June 24, 1951 - August 5, 2019

Charles Grant Hardy Jr., currently of Middletown, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 5th, 2019, at home surrounded by his loved ones at age 68.

Born in West Grove, Pennsylvania on June 24th, 1951, he was a son to Mildred Christine Brack and the late Charles Grant Hardy, Sr.  Charles was the oldest boy of six children.  Charles graduated De La Warr High School in 1970 where he met his wife Janice W. Short, they married August 24th, 1971.  Charles joined the Delaware Army National Guard in 1970, where he worked until he retired at the rank of MSG, E-08. During his years of service in the National Guard, he made many lifelong friends who became his family.

After losing his wife Janice in 2015, Charles was later given a second chance at love when he met Annette Shrewsbury Surtees in August of 2016 and they married on May 19th, 2018.  Although the time they had together seemed short, the impact Charlie had on not only Annette and her daughter Emily and son in law Anthony, but also her family and all who met him through her, was profound and will last a life time.

A true renaissance man, there wasn’t much he couldn’t do and he would never shy away from offering a helping hand to anyone. He loved spending time with his family and friends out on the boat or surf fishing on the beach. He was extremely friendly and always had an infinite amount of love to share, even to strangers, and he made friends and left a lasting impression everywhere he went. Charles enjoyed a good practical joke and had an infectious smile. The mold was truly broken when he was born; and you always knew you were in the presence of a very special man.

As a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son and brother, he will be dearly missed by his family and his many friends. 

He is survived by his wife, Annette Hardy; children, Brian Hardy, Stacy Roberts (wife, Lyndsey) and Jeffery Hardy (wife, Casey); step-daughter, Emily Sparacio and her husband, Anthony; siblings, Margaret Gagnon, Gail Yandoli (Joseph), Eddie Hardy, Maryann DeFeo Hardy and Linda Mitchell (Marty); and his beloved grandchildren, Ryan, Emma and Abigail Hardy, the apples of his eye.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 12 noon on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Townsend Church, 4519 DuPont Parkway, Townsend, DE followed by a memorial service beginning at 12 noon.

Charles was always willing to help others and as a long time blood and platelet donor he has chosen to donate his remains to medical science to further cancer research. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, both monetary and blood or platelet donations be made in Charlie’s honor to your local blood bank in order to carry on his legacy of love and compassion for others.

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  • That’s a beautiful obituary for Charles. My deepest sympathy goes out to all his family.

  • Charles you will always be in my heart ❤️

  • You are one special guy! Words can not express what we all are feeling. You deserve the best! Love you man! Claire

  • God Bless you my friend and your family! I will miss your friendship deeply!

  • Honor knowing and serving with you Charlie. One of a kind.

  • Charles was a great guy that we loved very much. We will miss his smile and gentle spirit. Our love goes out to friends and family.

  • My deepest sympathies.

  • A great guy, an asset to the Delaware National Guards, a great friend to Zab, all of the pilots and enlisted members. So sorry, our prayers go out to Charlie’s family.

  • Rest in peace brave warrior. Gone but NEVER forgotten. Your memory will always be there. You always were there to help, fix and show how to do things with a large smile . Thank you for being my friend for all these years.

  • You will be greatly missed, my friend. A great leader, soldier, and human. Always a positive attitude and a smile on his face. Rest now. Miss you. Andy

  • My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to the family. You made me a better leader and Soldier! I love ya brother!

  • A good man and person that has left a space that can’t be filled!

  • Charles all ways had a smile, I’m sure he will be missed, God has recruited an nother Angel. R.I.P. Charles. Skeeter an Debbie .

  • TO THE FAMILY WHAT A GREAT PERSON WILL BE MISSED WE WORKED TOGETHER 20 PLUS YEARS PLEASE ACCEPT MY CONDOLENCES

  • Oh Charles. You have left us too soon. We had an amazing time wop wop wopping around the friendly skies or all those years. Sharing that experience with you and all the 2nd platooners was the highlight of my time in the guard. Thanks for all you did. Swainy

  • My deepest sympathy to Charlie’s family. My prayers are with you all. The De La Warr Lions has lost another Lion.

  • Never forget the good times we shared with all the crewchiefs and pilots chuck will never be fogotten as an aviator and a friend RIP brother

  • Charles was a delightful little guy ! He grew to be a great young man…..had such a wonderful way about him!Wishing comfort to all the Family

  • Charles was very special Person with a great light and testimony, we will miss him greatly. God bless His whole family

  • When I think of Charlie I think of a Boy Scout, because he represented every tenant of the scouts, trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. He represented everything good about the National Guard and the people you meet there. My heart goes out to the family of a most extraordinary man.

  • Condolences and love to all the family for the loss of a great relative. Sorry that we are unable to make it out to be with you all at this time. We pray for comfort to come to each of you as you deal with this. Know that we will be there in spirit Saturday. Love, Sue and Mike Hardy, cousin and cousin-in-law

  • My heartfelt prayers are with Annette, Emily, and the rest of the family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

    Love,
    Julie DeHaas

  • Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Prayers for strength.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts prayers and hugs go out to you and your family and all who loved him. Charlie was such a beautiful person..always smiling…always kind… I am sorry..I may not be able to attend..I am suppose to be out of town..you will be in my thoughts for sure..May Charlie RIP!

  • To all the Hardy Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Charlie was always so good to me and like a member of the family when I was young. I would like to think Charlie and Zab are fishing with Mr. Hardy and Frannie’s Uncle Johnnie and Uncle Al.

  • My deepest condolences to the family. He was a beautiful person.

    Deb Fletcher (Noble)

  • I knew Charlie from the DEARNG and always loved his smile … like he was always up to something … I will miss him.

  • I was so saddened to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was a great man and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • RIP Chuck. It was a great pleasure knowing and serving with you. It was always good to see your smiling face. Always.

  • So sorry for your loss. Charlie was a great guy . He will be missed dearly by all his family and friends. R.I.P.

  • My deepest sympathies to Charles family . I remember your smile.
    R.I.P.

  • Charles, you have left us way too soon. You were truly one of the greatest friends I have known both socially and during our 30 plus years working together. May you Rest In Peace. My sincere condolences to the entire Hardy family.

  • Charles was a sweet, kind person who always had a beautiful smile.We will surly miss him so much. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family. Love Mark and Marge❤️

  • Charlie, it was a pleasure to serve with you. I remember you stopping in to HRO and you would always pop by my office to say hello. Such a kind person! My condolences to your family.

  • What a great man. I always looked up to Charlie. We should all strive to be the MAN Charlie was and who he will continue to be in our hearts. Will miss you my friend but never forget you!

  • To The Entire Hardy Family So Sorry To Here The Passing Of Charles May RIP
    Larry Wiggins Del – ANG

  • Chuck kept everything electrical working in my house for over the thirty years we worked together. He could do anything in the field and keep the aircraft flying with duct tape and wire. I loved him and will miss him.

  • To one of the finest individuals in the DNG Aviation family. Charles will be missed by many….
    God bless you

  • He was special and will be remembered by many.

  • Please except our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your loved one.

  • Rest in peace my friend.

  • Our deepest sympathy to all of the Hardy family. We both worked with Charlie and what a great guy! RIP

  • I can’t think of a single time Charlie wasn’t smiling that great smile. It was an honor to serve with him and I will miss him deeply. My deepest sympathies to his family and all those that knew and loved him.

  • Prayer of peace for the family. Sorry for the loss of your loved on.

  • My deepest condolences to the Hardy Family, my neighbors of many years. May you rest in peace 🙏