Monday, June 09, 2008

Not Quite Ready to Face The Facts

Current mood:strong

Carleton Hardy Jr. passed away May 22, 2008, in Fremont. He was 83.

Carleton was born Sept. 4, 1924 in Chico to Carleton and Dorothy Hardy. He resided in Fremont.

Carleton was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Army. He graduated with a degree in engineering and worked for the Ford Motor Co. for 45 years.

He was a member of the Centerville Presbyterian Church and the U.C. Berkley Engineering Alumni Association.

Carleton enjoyed sailing; he played recorder in recorder quartet and sang in the church choir. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Muriel, of Fremont; children, Kathryn Millen, of Castro Valley, Carleton Hardy, of Fremont, Ralph Hardy, of Atwater, Thomas Hardy, of Modesto, and Ruth Mollenkopf, of Livermore.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on June 7, 2008, at the Oddfellows Cemetery Gazebo in Orland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Arrangements are under the direction of F.D. Sweet & Son Mortuary, Orland.

Resident of Fremont Born September 4, 1924 in Chico, CA. Died May 22, 2008 in Fremont, CA. Carl was raised on a farm in Orland, CA, joined the ARMY following high school, was shipped overseas where he became a POW in Poland. Surviving his ordeal, he returned to the states to attend college at U.C. Berkeley, earning a degree in engineering. Carl gained employment with Ford Motor Company where he worked for 45 years. He met & married his college sweetheart, Muriel Dietz, at First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley & they raised 5 children in Fremont, CA. Carl sang in the choir & taught Sunday School at Centerville Presbyterian Church for 50 years & worked tirelessly in his retirement for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation after 3 of his grandchildren were diagnosed with CF. Memorial service will be held at Centerville Presbyterian Church, 4630 Central Ave. Fremont, Saturday, May 31 at 2pm. Please send any gifts or memorials to CF Foundation.

My gramps was my hero in so many ways. The cause of my love for music, my courage for adventure, and my support system in failure and knowing it is ok to mess up every one in awhile. He was a romantic, artistic, and creative beyond anything I could do sort of person. When I think about how I am feeling about this, the only thing that comes to mind is "I really really miss him." There is such a hole in my heart for this amazing man.
I decided that I am going to let myself feel however I feel until I leave for WDWCP. After that, my mind and emotions are going to be completely focused on working and playing in Orlando. I have 10 days left to be sad and in a slight state of shock, then on with life and myself to look after.

It has been just about a year since Bri went home to be with Jesus, and about a month since Smokey went as well. Now this making three memorial services in the past year has been really hard on me. After taking a lot of time to think about these sort of things, I gain a lot of strength knowing that most of this in the end is not really going to matter. Whoever wins the election; it is not going to matter in the end. Gas prices are not going to matter in the end. Focus on the people you love, focus on yourself, and most of all focus on God.


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