Peter Alec Hardy, 62, of Hamden, beloved husband for 35 years to Jean Mitchell Hardy, passed away at his home on March 3, 2010 after a long illness. He was born in Boston on July 15, 1947 to the late John and Virginia Noonan Hardy. Besides his wife, Peter leaves his sons, Kevin Hardy and his wife Catherine of Manhattan, NY and Thomas Hardy of Hamden; sisters, Virginia King of Westport, MA, Eleanor and Bruce Ferrie of Bonita Springs, FL, and Barbara Mahoney of Plainville, MA; in-laws, Peg Doyle of Norwood, MA, Kathleen and Glenn Colpitts of Sudbury, MA, and William and Martha Mitchell of Andover, MA; numerous nieces and nephews. Peter grew up in West Roxbury, MA, is a graduate of the Boston Latin School , and the Mass. Maritime Academy, is a veteran of the US Navy, and served in Vietnam. He was a proud member of the Society in Dedham for Apprehending Horse Thieves. For the last 24 years Peter has bred, raised, and raced Standardbred Horses. Most races have taken place in Saratoga, NY, but also at numerous other locations across the United States and Canada. He had been looking forward to racing his newest horse, Peta's Cottontail, this spring. A Funeral Service will be held at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Saturday, March 6th at 11 a.m. Friends may visit with the family prior to the service from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be private. Contributions in Peter's memory may be sent to Boston Latin School Association, 101 Huntington Ave., Ste 200, Boston, MA 02199-7672.

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  1. Jean, Kevin and Tommy, Peter fought the hard fight. He was strong and couragous til the end. He will be greatly missed. My heart aches for you guys. Love Josephine

  2. In memory of dearest Peter We have shared many memories over the years even though we were continents apart and I shall never forget your friendship and kindness that you always showed to me and my family. With everlasting love Kay

  3. I often think of our great West Roxbury and Boston Latin School memories. Your long lost friend, Larry Sullivan

  4. Dear Jean, Wow, you and Peter were married a long time and I’m not sure I actually met him. Even I wouldn’t have guessed that I would be living so far away from New England in the past 30 years. I suspect our husbands would have gotten along well. Thinking of you during these challenging days and praying the Lord will guide and strengthen you as you move forward after so great a loss. Sincerely, Valerie

  5. Dear Jean, I have heard updates about you and your family over the years, from Peg, and knew that Peter had cancer, and now this update. No one ever told me about his horse thing. Something we shared and undoubtedly would have talked about had we ever met. I had riding horses out here for 20 years. I am so sorry to hear that you lost him. All my best. Love, Beth Prinz

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