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Obituary: Arthur J. Hardman, 72

Arthur J. Hardman of Wickford passed away this week at the age of 72.

The following information was provided by Cranston-Murphy Funeral Home.

Arthur J. Hardman of Wickford died peacefully at his home on Monday, Aug. 27 at the age of 72. Originally from New York City, he was the son of the late Arthur Ross Hardman and Rose (Miele) Hardman.

Hardman served in the US Army and Foreign Service before settling in San Francisco for 25 years, where he developed into an accomplished artist. In 1997, he moved back to the East Coast to Wickford, RI to . Most recently, he was employed by the . Hardman could often be seen kayaking through the harbor, riding his bike along Route 1A or holding court at over morning coffee.

Hardman was known for – from family to friends to neighbors – in need of conceptualizing, building, repairing or restoring. In his apartment overlooking Wickford, Hardman .

He leaves behind his two sisters Carol C. Crane of New York and Donna Hardman Dube of Saunderstown. Additionally, he leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and friends around the world.

Friends and family are invited and may call on Friday, Aug. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cranston-Murphy Funeral Home. His burial at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery will be private. Kindly omit flowers.

Gifts in his memory to Save the Bay will be appreciated.

Barbara Carroll August 29, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I have had the honor and the joy of knowing Arthur since our days in SanFrancisco, great memories !! You could always count on Arthur, for friendship, honesty, and to be there when you needed him. I will miss him very much but very happy to have known him. See you at Perry's Arthur.
kathleen yeager August 29, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I did not know Arthur well but knew him from around Wickford. He was such a nice man and I am sad to hear he passed away.
Janet Luczak August 30, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I met Arthur when I started baking at Wickford Gourmet. Having lived near San Francisco much of my life we always had things to talk about. He was so smart and always willing to help!
Birgitta HillebergDurrett November 06, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I am also very honored to have known Arthur. We met at Caffe Trieste in the 1980's and often hung out over cappuccinos, talking about everything, What an educated guy who knew so much about the world. He will be missed!

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