Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, March 29, 2018
Former selectman to receive lifetime civic award
Former selectman Neville Hardy during a 2016 retirement party. Hardy was presented with a legislative sentiment from Representative Walter Kumiega, left. Hardy will be recognized for four-plus decades of community service.
by Monique Labbe
Lifelong Deer Isle resident Neville Hardy has been named a recipient of the Remember Me Award from the Maine Health Care Association.
Hardy has been a resident of the Island Nursing Home for “quite some time,” said nursing home president Anne Sigmund.
“The Island Nursing home felt that Neville was an ideal candidate for this award,” she said.
The Remember Me award puts a spotlight on residents with historically significant backgrounds, unique or interesting accomplishments either while living in the facility or prior to admission, and those who have served their community, state or country through volunteerism, civic organizations or the United States military, according to the Maine Health Care Association website.
At 79 years old, Hardy checks off several of those boxes. He served in the United States Army for two years and was stationed in Panama during much of that time.
Hardy returned to Deer Isle in 1967, and over the course of the next four decades amassed a resume filled with both professional and community accomplishments. He drove a bus for the Deer Isle-Stonington school system, sawed logs and did deliveries for Barter Lumber Company, mowed lawns and was a caretaker for several properties on the island. His greatest professional accomplishment, was owning and operating Hardy’s General Store with wife Darlene and daughter Bonnie for 28 years.
While Hardy has been involved in various organizations in his community, from the American Legion to the Odd Fellows, it is his 47 years as the first selectman in Deer Isle that most on the island might know him for.
Hardy was elected and reelected to the board each of those terms, and it was only a heart complication that forced him to step down from his post in 2016.
Though no longer able to take part in daily town happenings, Hardy is still excited about the town he grew up in, according to a press release from the Island Nursing Home. It is not uncommon to hear Hardy telling stories about his childhood growing up on the island.
Hardy will be recognized in absentia during an award ceremony at the Augusta Civic Center on April 10.