The North Bend Elementary School community is mourning the death of former school principal Steven R. Hardy, who passed away earlier this week. Hardy died on June 13th in his Bel Air home at the age of 64, according to published reports. He is being remembered as a principal who was unabashed in his support for students, teachers and parents in the closely-knit Jarrettsville community.
News of the loss came in an email from North Bend Assistant Principal Susan Gebhardt:
“It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Steven R. Hardy. Mr. Hardy was Principal at North Bend Elementary School from 1998-2011. Mr. Hardy also served HCPS as Principal at Roye-Williams Elementary School and Assistant Principal at both Bel Air Middle School and Bel Air Elementary School. A service will be scheduled later this summer at Oak Grove Baptist Church at 2106 E. Churchville Rd. in Bel Air. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org.”
Hardy served in Harford County Public Schools for more than 40 years.
Julia Bopst, a former North Bend PTA president, said after speaking with Hardy’s wife that a memorial is planned at Oak Grove Baptist Church on July 21st at 1:00 pm. Bopst remembered Hardy’s support for the North Bend school community:
“Steve was truly an innovative educator and a tireless advocate for our children. I was always impressed with his level of commitment, always seeking new ways to reach each and every student. He set the bar high and expected the very best from everyone at North Bend, and he led by example. He went out of his way to recognize the accomplishments of teachers as well as students, always giving credit for successes to the team. He was extremely supportive of the PTA and parent volunteers as he considered us partners in the education process.”
Mr. Hardy came back to wish the 5th Grade Class of 2011 good luck. Here with graduate, Tori Siler.
Photo courtesy of Amy Siler