Hundreds pay respect to Hucknall stalwart John Hardy

09-1767-1''Byron Festival.''Titchfield Park Bowls Team played Rolls-Royce Ladies on Sunday for the Lord Byron Trophy. Pictured are team captains John Hardy and Mauriel Dutton watched by team members.
09-1767-1''Byron Festival.''Titchfield Park Bowls Team played Rolls-Royce Ladies on Sunday for the Lord Byron Trophy. Pictured are team captains John Hardy and Mauriel Dutton watched by team members.

MORE than 500 people crowded into Hucknall Parish Church when a service of thanksgiving was held for the life of former local police officer John Hardy.

Mr Hardy (69), of Kersall Gardens, Hucknall, died on Sunday 22nd September after a battle with stomach cancer.

Canon Kathryn Herrod, said the building had seldom been so full.

“This goes to show the great respect felt in the community for John Hardy.”

Among a wide variety of interests, he was secretary of Hucknall 50-Plus Group, a stalwart of Hucknall Titchfield Park Bowling Club and the St John Ambulance organisation, and a Freemason.

Mr Hardy leaves his wife, Pat, in addition to a son, a daughter, two sons-in-law and two grand-daughters.

Canon Herrod said Mr Hardy had left a ‘great legacy’ for the community and he was a ‘shining example, especially for young people, on how to live a good life’.

She added: “With his wisdom and a great sense of humour, he made a difference to people he shared his life with.”

Another tribute read: “John was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and a man who gave his time tirelessly for others. He will be sadly missed.”

The service was followed by a private cremation and refreshments were served at the Royal British Legion Club on Beardall Street, Hucknall. Donations in memory of Mr Hardy were received for Macmillan Cancer Support.