HARMONY – Robert A. Hardy, 72, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, in Skowhegan. He was born June 6, 1937, in Ripley, son of the late Harry A. Hardy and Lydia (Philbrick) Hardy. He was raised by foster parents, Clifton and Ethel Skillings from the time he was 2 years old. Robert was educated in Ripley and Dexter schools. He married the former Maxine Annis, April 26, 1957, in Cambridge. He was a hand sewer for many years in area shoe shops; he then was custodian and bus driver for the town of Harmony for more than 20 years. He retired in 1999 and then went back to work driving school bus until 2008. He was a member of Patriarch’s Club, Harmony, and a member of Harmony Volunteer Fire Department. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and a football and baseball fan. He also collected baseball cards and enjoyed gardening. In addition to his wife of 53 years, Maxine of Harmony, he is survived by his three children, Kevin Hardy and Deborah Crockett of Dover-Foxcroft, Jeffrey Hardy and his wife, Regina, of Ludlow and Rita Kirouac and her husband, Kevin, of Exeter; one sister, Ethel Magoon of New Hampshire; four grandchildren, Billie Jo Hardy and her companion, John, of Massachusetts, Angie Hogan and her companion, Chris, of Westbrook, Abby Leigh Currier and her husband, Cody, of Virginia and Kevin Bassett and his companion, Jen, of Etna; many nieces and nephews. The family extends a special thanks to Florence LaGross, Connie York and Glenda Sawyer for their love and support, and to the doctors and nurses of Redington Fairview General Hospital. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at North Road Cemetery, Harmony. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan. Donations may be made in Robert’s memory for a cause to be named later, care of Maxine Hardy, P.O. Box 104, Harmony, ME 04942.