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William Hardardt, Jr.

William Lawrence Hardardt, Jr. of Winter Park, CO and Davis, CA passed away at home on January 10, 2018 after a brief illness.  He was 81 years old.

Born on January 16, 1936 in Bronx, NY, Mr. Hardardt, familiarly known as Bill, grew up in Englewood, NJ and attended Dwight Morrow High School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Fairleigh Dickinson University, graduating in 1959.  That same year, he married Judith Hogrelius, whom he had met through mutual friends, and together they built a long and happy life together, raising their family, growing a successful business and making meaningful friendships along the way, all while contributing greatly to their communities.

Bill served his country in the US Army, stationed at the Provost Martial General Center, Fort Gordon, Augusta, GA during the Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile crises.

The only child of Christina (nee Otto) and William L. Hardardt, Sr., Bill leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Judith, his daughters Lisa (Paul) Pillmore of Park City, UT and Laura (David) Fisher of Davis, CA, his son, Andrew (Heidi) of Woodland, CA, and grandchildren Benjamin (Ulia), Emily and Maxwell Pillmore, and Dylan and Aidan Fisher.

Bill had a wide and deep set of interests that reflected his love of nature, his family and his communities.  In Davis he prided himself on his gardens and volunteering at the Mondavi Center for the Arts, time spent with his model trains, assisting his friends the Karnopps on their walnut ranch and tasting the wines and products of the region, between vintage car and antique shows.  In Winter Park, he enjoyed spending his time in nature, acting as a one-man reforestation program, skiing the Rockies and tinkering in his woodshop, fighting for causes dear to his heart and ruffling the feathers of the town council with his dear friends, John and Marcia Beake.  Bill maintained friendships from his long years in New Jersey and will be missed by many dear friends there, as well.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at UCDMC for their care and dedication, as well as Yolo Hospice for helping Bill and them in his final moments, especially his oncologist, Jonathan Riess, MD, MS, pulmonologist, Christian Sandrock, MD, MPH, FCCP and radiologist, David Avrin, MD, PhD.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity close to Bill’s heart.   Suggestions include the American Center for the Teaching of Shakespeare (ACTS) in the Classroom, a unique partnership of the teaching practices of the internationally recognized Globe Education, Shakespeare’s Globe and the world class teacher training programs of the UC Davis School of Education or CASA of Grand County, CO (details below).

UC Davis School of Education

American Center for the Teaching of Shakespeare in the Classroom



PO Box 3052

Winter Park, CO 80482

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Thanks, Susan. It sounds like you knew my dad pretty well, especially the part about ruffling some feathers. Neither Davis nor Winter Park will be the same without him, that's for sure. Laura Fisher

Laura Fisher Jan 24 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Judy---Larry and I are so saddened to hear of Bill's passing. I saw the notice where I always ran into Bill: At the Winter Park Post Office. Britt and Whitney are also sending love and prayers. We all have such wonderful memories of Bill, the best of which were his bear hugs whenever you saw him. He was always full of energy and on a mission---whether to "ruffle some feathers" or get an errand accomplished for you! our hearts and prayers are with you. He will be missed.

Susan Steffen Jan 18 2018 12:00 AM