Joe Hardy, 84 Lumber, Nemacolin Founder, Dies At Age 100 - Gatous News

Joe Hardy, 84 Lumber, Nemacolin founder, dies at age 100

84 Lumber and Nemacolin resort founder Joseph A. Hardy III died Saturday on his 100th birthday, the vice-president of marketing for 84 Lumber, Amy Smiley, confirms to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4. A statement from the family said the following: “It is “With heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joseph A. Hardy, III. The Hardy family lost their patriarch and all-around great man. Many knew Joe as a brilliant businessman and enthusiastic entrepreneur. Even with his vast success, Joe always remembered what.” matters most: people. He helped make the American dream real for so many, and he will be greatly missed. “Joe proved that nothing is impossible by willing himself to his 100th birthday. His family is beyond proud of him for making this final accomplishment.”Watch Ryan Recker’s report on Hardy’s life in the video above.Hardy was born in 1923 in Upper St. Clair. After serving as a lieutenant and Air Forces radioman during World War II , he earned an engineering degree from the University of Pittsburgh and joined the family’s jewelry company, according to the 84 Lumber website and a Nemacolin news release.He opened Green Hills Lumber in Bridgeville at age 31 before joining his two younger brothers to open a cash -and-carry lumberyard in the rural town of Eighty Four in 1956. The new 84 Lumberyard served professional homebuilders centered on the region covering Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.The billionaire grew 84 Lumber into one of the largest privately-held companies in the United States. Hardy also founded Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, a 2,000-acre site located in Farmington. The resort boasts a hotel, art collection, and spa as well as fly-fishing and golf opport units. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter Mike Valente spoke with people in Farmington Saturday. At a restaurant called Braddock’s, head chef Derek Bolish recounted what it was like to work for Hardy at Nemacolin. Watch Mike’s interviews with Farmington residents in the video above.”Joe was a real good guy,” Bolish said. “Always had a big cigar hanging out of his mouth and he’d always say, ‘How the hell are ya?'”Like Bolish, Donni Ringer described Hardy as a “real down-to-earth guy.””He lived just like the rest of us did,” Ringer said. “He would come out to the local places to eat, you know, take his kids.” Hardy handed over leadership of both 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort to his daughter Maggie Hardy in 1992. Hardy also served as vice chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Fayette County from 2004 to 2007. Hardy is survived by three stepsons, his second wife as well as his current wife, according to Beinhauer Funeral Home.Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday and 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday at Beinhauer Funeral Home in McMurray. A public service will be held on Thursday at 11 am in Westminster Presbyterian Church followed by full military honors. Non-family members are encouraged to make donations in my name to Habitat for Humanity or The Pennsylvania Classic Foundation.

84 Lumber and Nemacolin resort founder Joseph A. Hardy III died Saturday on his 100th birthday, the vice-president of marketing for 84 Lumber, Amy Smiley, confirms to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.

A statement from the family said the following:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joseph A. Hardy, III. The Hardy family lost their patriarch and all-around great man. Many knew Joe as a brilliant businessman and enthusiastic entrepreneur. Even with his vast success, Joe always remembered what matters most: people. He helped make the American dream real for so many, and he will be greatly missed.

“Joe proved that nothing is impossible by willing himself to his 100th birthday. His family is beyond proud of him for making this final accomplishment.”

Watch Ryan Recker’s report on Hardy’s life in the video above.

Hardy was born in 1923 in Upper St Clair. After serving as a lieutenant and Air Forces radioman during World War II, he earned an engineering degree from the University of Pittsburgh and joined the family’s jewelry company, according to the 84 Lumber website and a Nemacolin news release.

He opened Green Hills Lumber in Bridgeville at age 31 before joining his two younger brothers to open a cash-and-carry lumberyard in the rural town of Eighty Four in 1956. The new 84 Lumberyard served professional homebuilders centered on the region covering Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The billionaire grew 84 lumber into one of the largest privately-held companies in the United States.

Hardy also founded Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, a 2,000-acre site located in Farmington. The resort boasts a hotel, art collection, and spa as well as fly-fishing and golf opportunities.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter Mike Valente spoke with people in Farmington Saturday. At a restaurant called Braddock’s, head chef Derek Bolish recounted what it was like to work for Hardy at Nemacolin.

Watch Mike’s interviews with Farmington residents in the video above.

“Joe was a real good guy,” Bolish said. “Always had a big cigar hanging out of his mouth and he’d always say, ‘How the hell are ya?'”

Like Bolish, Donni Ringer described Hardy as a “real down-to-earth guy.”

“He lived just like the rest of us did,” Ringer said. “He would come out to the local places to eat, you know, take his kids.”

Hardy handed over leadership of both 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort to his daughter Maggie Hardy in 1992.

Hardy also served as vice chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Fayette County from 2004 to 2007.

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Hardy is survived by three stepsons, his second wife as well as his current wife, according to Beinhauer Funeral Home.

Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday and 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday at Beinhauer Funeral Home in McMurray. A public service will be held on Thursday at 11 am in Westminster Presbyterian Church followed by full military honors.

Non-family members are encouraged to make donations in my name to Habitat for Humanity or The Pennsylvania Classic Foundation.

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