Robert Eugene Hardison

WALTHAM — Robert Eugene Hardison, 85, passed away peacefully Sept. 30, 2013, at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth, with his family at his side. He was born Dec. 18, 1927, in Waltham, the son of Arthur E. and Elvellyn A. (Kemp) Hardison.

A veteran of World War II, Robert was in the U.S. Army stationed in the German theatre of operation. After coming home, old Hard kind of settled into being a woodsman and pulp trucker for a good many years. Trucking wood from Eastbrook or Waltham to Bucksport or numerous lumber mills was his occupation. After that, Dad was a carpenter at Associated Builders, then for many years for Bobby Ray. Robert Hardison loved baseball. In the 1960s, he was a pitcher for the Lamoine baseball team, part of the league. A left-handed pitcher, he was known for his curve and knuckleball pitches. The old man would say, “I threw a lot of junk, but they couldn’t hit it.” As one would guess with baseball in his blood, he had to have a team to support through thick and thin. The Red Sox were his team. Good, bad and mediocre, he supported them till the bitter end. He knew baseball. The old man remarked a few nights ago that some of his happiest times were guiding and hunting with the Southbury, Conn., crew at Camp Cozy. Setting up a hunt on Birch Hill, Brawns Bluff, Carter Spring Swamp, or the Basin Hole made him happy, playing cribbage with the boys at Bog River camp while watching the Patriots was a fall highlight. And in the springtime taking his grandchildren brook trout fishing at Little Bog River was something he really looked forward to. Old Hard taught us how to work and how to play. Good luck in your new hunting grounds; you’ll be missed by family and friends.

Robert has been happily married for the past 39 years to Verna (Leeman) Hardison. Verna had three children, Karen, Chuck and Barbara. He is survived by his wife, Verna; sons, Mark Hardison and wife, Beth, of Dedham, Douglas Hardison and wife, Gigi, of Waltham, Thomas D. Hardison and wife, Edie, of Waltham, Todd Hardison and wife, Sue, of Surry; daughters, Beverly E. Reed and husband, Charlie, of Osborn and Karen Davis of Georgia; 18 grandchildren that he adored; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; brothers, Floyd and Bill; and sister, Laverne. He was predeceased by his parents; first wife, Natalie in 1970, mother of his five children; sisters, Dora, Wilda, and Leota; daughter, Barbara McAlpine; son, Chuck Harraden; brother-in-law, Dick Spofford; son-in-law, Jim Davis; and grandson, Dougie Hardison. Dad always said he had two families, the second one being the Tschauder family from Southbury, Conn.

Calling hours will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth, where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Waltham. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to Waltham/Eastbrook Youth Association, c/o Chris Kravitt, 443 Cave Hill Road, Waltham, ME 04605. Condolences may be expressed at

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