The long time president of Yosemite Park & Curry Co made Eastern Madera County his permanent home since 1995.
He was born Nov. 8, 1934, in Palo Alto, Calif., to Edward Everett Hardy and Dorothea Clark Hardy, both graduates of Stanford University.
As a child Ed spent all the time he could in or around water. He was an Olympic caliber swimmer who held a world record in the 1,000 meter Individual Medley that is no longer offered. Throughout his life he continued to swim and sail.
Upon graduation from Palo Alto High, Ed attended Colorado State University on a basketball scholarship. He lasted two years in Colorado then enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps and shipped out to Korea where he earned a Purple Heart. He returned home to wife Jackie and finished his BA in Education at San Jose State. He taught PE and the physically handicapped, and coached swimming and water polo.
In 1969 he received an offer he could not refuse from the Los Angeles Athletic Club to manage the elite Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. In the fall of 1973 Ed’s resume ended up in the right hands at MCA-Universal and he was selected to be the Chief Operating Officer of the newly acquired Yosemite Park & Curry Company.
Ed spent 20 years as concessionaire of Yosemite National Park, the majority as President/COO.
The “First Couple of Yosemite,” Ed and Jackie hosted dignitaries from all over the world. Most notably the Queen of England and her husband Prince Philip, who dined with them at The Ahwahnee in 1983.
In 1994, Ed was offered the position as president of the Lana’i Company on the island of Lana’i in Hawaii. So Ed moved to Hawaii for two years and then returned home to Bass Lake where he completed construction of the Bass Lake Lodge.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents Edward E. and Dorothea C. Hardy; his sister, Mary Ella “Honey” Powell; granddaughter, Alana Paige Bremel; and mother of his children, Jackie Hardy.
He is survived by his widow Janet Hardy; daughters, Laura Norman (children Heather, Craig and Daphne) and Polly and Dave Bremel (daughter Amarie); son, Clark Hardy (children Camille, Dorothea “Thea,” Gordon and Emma); step daughters Jennifer and Shane Lyster (six children); and Lorie and Dave Coy (two children); sister Janer Wilford of Washington; foster brother Tor Hanson of Palo Alto; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Bass Lake in the The Pines Conference Center, 54432 Road 432, Bass Lake, CA 93604. In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made in Ed’s memory to any of these non-profits: Yosemite Natural Wonders (filming a documentary about Ed and Yosemite), Yosemite-Wawona Educational Foundation (Wawona School) and the California State Mining and Mineral Museum Association.