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470 Massachusetts Avenue
PO Box 882
Acton, MA 01720
Phone: 978-263-5333
Fax: 978-263-8193
Howard P. Hardin

Howard P. Hardin

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019
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Reverend Mr. Howard P. Hardin

Howard P. Hardin, of Ayer (formally Acton) MA died February 3, 2019 from complications of heart disease and dementia at Benchmark Leominster Crossings. He was 89.

Howard was born January 3, 1930 in Arlington, MA to the late Howard and Anna Hardin.

Howard graduated From Arlington High School in 1949 after playing hockey for the Arcadia Hockey team winning the state championship in that same year.

Howard and his high school sweetheart, Jacqualyn Nash celebrated 68 years of marriage this past October. She became his life’s partner in service with his business, social and spiritual activities. He built his family home in Acton, where they raised their 7 children and one foster child, Sam Padilla.

Howard’s leadership skills and desire to serve developed early and were demonstrated by his successful business Dana Contractors, his participation in the Acton Minutemen, marching in President Kennedy’s inaugural parade in Washington DC in 1961, and as President of the Action Lions Club in the 1960’s.

It came to his heart to serve his Lord Jesus whom he loved with his whole being.
In 1980, Howard was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the Archdiocese of Boston, primarily serving at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Acton, St. Basils Cursillo of Methuen, and Norfolk & Bridgewater prison ministries. It was a joy and honor for him to officiate at many friends and relatives’ marriages, baptisms and funerals throughout his 38 years of service. His most difficult, yet faith filled, funerals were that of his son Peter and his good friend’s daughter-in-law, Amy Sweeney.

In the 1960’s, he found a parcel of land on Lake Winnipesaukee and along with his family built, by hand, a summer cottage on Diamond Island. This became his paradise where he made many memories with family and friends for the rest of his life. He was quick to help family and friends with any projects.

In addition to his wife, Howard leaves 3 daughters, Joanne Hardin, Julie Thomas, her husband Jeffrey, Jennifer Leary, her husband Nicholas and 3 sons, Paul Hardin, his partner David Cao, Kevin Hardin, his wife Lisa Carson, Dale Hardin. He was predeceased by his son Peter Hardin.
He is survived by his grandchildren, Bree Schpero, Dana Hardin, Brianna McInnes, Jeffrey and Sarah Thomas, Oliver and Simon Leary along with great grandson Lincoln Schpero, a brother, Lawrence Hardin, his wife Phyllis and sister, Alice Dooling along with many nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Richard Hardin and sister, Claire Bell.

Howard was unique and will be missed, whether it was playing the spoons, singing ‘Amen’ off key, cooking up his delicious meals, showing up unexpected to help out or wearing his red plaid Christmas slacks; we will have many fun memories to keep his spirit with us.

The family would like to thank Benchmark Crossings of Leominster staff, especially those of the culinary and Harbor teams who enriched Howie and Jackie’s last year together.

A wake and funeral Mass, officiated by Rev. Peter Quinn, will be held at St. Catherine of Alexandria, 107 North Main St., Westford, MA 01886. www.stcatherineparish.org
Wake Thursday, February 7, 2019 4:00-8:00 pm
Funeral Mass Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10:00 am
A life celebration reception will follow in church hall
A private family burial will follow at later time.

Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Basil’s Salvatorian Center – Cursillo, 30 East Street, Methuen MA 01844

Arrangements have been entrusted with deep respect to Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Avenue, Acton, MA 01720 www.actonfuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    St. Catherine of Alexandria Church
    Address
    107 North Main Street
    WESTFORD, MA 01886
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    Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Basil’s Salvatorian Center – Cursillo, 30 East Street, Methuen MA 01844
  • Service

    Friday, February 8th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, February 8th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. Catherine of Alexandria Church
    Address
    107 North Main Street
    WESTFORD, MA 01886
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Janice Elgort-Dubroff

Posted at 01:20pm
Uncle Howie was such a special man. His love for my Aunt Jacki and my cousins was strong and true. I will never forget the atmosphere of love and caring he created in his home which extended to all who entered there! His can-do attitude was exemplary. It led my older son, Jeffrey as a grade schooler, to think of him as Superman. On one trip up to the Island the generator, which supplied power to pump water to the house, had broken and my Uncle Howie did not hesitate to leap into the lake and work on it under water the whole time, coming up for a breath of air only when necessary. He encouraged others to do what could be done, what needed to be done. No sitting around and whining! With God's help it would be done! He will be missed as a standard bearer of a generation greater than our own.
 
JE

Janice Elgort-Dubroff Posted at 04:29pm

Still thinking about my Uncle Howie and the whole loving family of Hardins up in Massachusetts
 

Joanne Hardin Posted at 11:22am

Janice - this was written so beautifully. Thank you for the memory and learning the impact to your son Jeffrey. We never know how we touch others. I appreciate the comment about generations be being greater than ours. God's peace to you Janice. With love, cousin Joanne
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Sheri Richard

Posted at 03:18pm
Jacki and family,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. Howard will be greatly missed. He was a great neighbor and was such a loving soul. We hope you find peace and comfort in all of the memories you have created with him.

With love,
The Richard Family
RC

Russ Chatfield

Posted at 09:12am
My sympathies to family and friends of Howie, he was truly a great guy who left an impression on everyone he touched. I had the opportunity to know Howie from Diamond Island and I can picture coming around the front of the island with Howie waving his hat and welcoming me to the island. He would always welcome me with open arms and was so kind. I have a funny story that makes me smile every time I think about it. It was about 5-6 years ago, I was working on my cabin on Diamond Island and out of know where appeared Howie, always interested in what I was doing and seeing if I needed a hand or anything. I am up on a step ladder and using a hammer and pry bar and Howie looks at me and says "Do you want a real hammer and a better crow bar", I actually think the phrase was "Why are you using a kids hammer". I laugh and say know I am fine. Well Howie dissappeared and 5 minutes later came back with the "better tools". I have to laugh, as I am half his age and here is a kind hearted man not only busting me about having inferior tools, but literally getting the proper tools to make my job easier and then offering a hand to get the job done.
With that being said, every time I turn that corner on Diamond Island I will think of Howie & Jackie on their front porch waving and welcoming me to the island. I am forever grateful to know the both of you and Howie you will be missed. I am glad that I had the opportunity to know one another. Until we meet again....

Sincerely,

Russ Chatfield
 

Joanne Hardin Posted at 11:24am

Dear Russ, Thank you for your words and memories. I appreciate them, Fondly, Joanne
MC

Michael J Bova Conti

Posted at 07:30am
Dear Jacki nad Family,
My prayers and sympathy reading of Howie’s death. My memories of him will always be a blessing.Evey time I meet a new Deacon in a Parish I iften compare him to Howie, a man of faith, charity and service to others. In my experince as priest he was one of the best Deacons I have come to know. Like Jesus , a Carpenter and unconditional love for others. He was highly regarded I know by both Frs. Sean and Paul when they served as Pastors as St Elizabeth’s...He was always a man you could depend upon to help. I can only imagine the pain and sadness he, you and your family experienced when Peter & Beth tragically died. Out of love for his Son he crafted a most simple and elegant casket for Peter. E and you have touched the hearts of so many others who too have experienced the loss of children. Know that you are in my prayers and thank you for sharing such a wonderdul many with the Church and so many others... Fr. Michael J. Bova Conti

Posted at 06:10pm
My sincere sympathies to the family of Howard Hardin. I enjoyed time shared with the family and mutual friends at the lake.
Jean Vinson
Clayton, NC
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