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Wayne Hardy
  • December 01, 1952
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  • June 29, 2016

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Wayne T. Hardy, 63 of Orlando, Florida passed away on June 29, 2016 from a surprisingly long fight with Pancreatic Cancer.
Wayne was born in Tampa, Florida on December 1, 1952 to parents J. Thomas Hardy and Betty J. Hardy. His passing was preceded by his mother and longtime business partner. Raised in a southern, military family Wayne called many places home before his father retired in Orlando in 1967. He attended Oak Ridge High School and was among the first graduates of what became the University of Central Florida. He was a founder of the Eta Pi chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity, where he served as President. He and his mother began their first business (Vista Landscaping, Inc.) during his junior year and together they grew the business to service clients all over the southeast. He obtained his Class A General Contractors license and Vista became one of the first to offer a full range of design and construction services to clients. He was recognized by his peers as an industry leader with designation as “Outstanding Young Nurseryman of Florida” and later as “Outstanding Young Nurseryman of the South“. He was elected as the youngest President of the Florida Nurseryman and Growers Association in history. The FNGA was the largest state association in the US at the time.
He was selected to lead the production side of the United States’ first entries in what amounted to the Olympics of the horticultural world. Under his direction, the effort resulted in a Silver medal in Montreal, CA; a Gold medal in Alsmeer, NL; and another gold medal in Liverpool, UK.
Yet amongst all the professional recognition, Wayne’s proudest achievement was persuading Naida Ortega to spend her life with him; and the two children they raised, Matthew Thomas Hardy and Elizabeth (Beth) Ann Moya.
After the sale of his family’s horticultural interests Wayne accepted a position with then Seminole Community College to teach business skills to the outside community. His role continued to grow until he was named Director of the Center for Economic Development. His Department received two international awards for the success of the business incubator clients, the first in Florida to be so honored.
Yet on a personal level, Wayne stayed very active with fishing trips around the world, coaching and umpiring both baseball and softball for more than 16 years. In his most recent years he had become an avid motorcyclist traveling with Naida and friends to all the continental 48 states. His passion for long distance touring and his constant maintence of his bikes were a source of constant amusement to Naida.
Wayne is survived by his immediate family Naida, Matthew (Angela) Hardy, Beth (Rudy) Moya and 3 grandchildren Nolan Hardy, Emelia Hardy and Leah Moya. He is also survived by his father, J. Thomas Hardy, sister, Pamela J. Hardy and his uncle Woodrow F. Nelson.
Wayne wants to thank the people of First Baptist Church Orlando and his Life Group for all the kindness and prayer that helped sustain him far beyond what the medical profession predicted.
Service Details: Memorial Service- Friday, July 8, 2016, 11 AM, Henry Chapel at First Baptist Church of Orlando. In leu of flowers donations may be made to the Children’s Music & Worship ministry at First Baptist Orlando.  www.firstorlando.com/give Donors should choose the “other” option and type in the ministry.


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  1. Orlando P Carroll lit a candle:
    21 Jul 2016
    Lit since July 21, 2016 at 7:47:10 PM

  2. The McLane Family says:
    08 Jul 2016
    We are praying for you and your family during this sad time.

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  9. Tony, Ana Maria and Samuel Lowry says:
    04 Jul 2016

    Your friendship and encouragement to our family allowed us to get to know yours. We are glad we met Wayne and rejoice your beautiful family. Our kindle is blue representing the peace he is enjoying now with the Lord. Our gratitude, love and prayers are with you and your children.

  10. Tony, Ana Maria and Samuel Lowry lit a candle:
    04 Jul 2016
    Lit since July 4, 2016 at 7:28:53 AM

  11. Leanne Brunton lit a candle:
    02 Jul 2016
    Lit since July 2, 2016 at 7:14:09 PM

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    Lit since July 2, 2016 at 7:36:57 PM

  13. Hazel & Craig Fetters says:
    02 Jul 2016
    Wayne was a great person and he will be missed..

  14. Nancy says:
    02 Jul 2016
    Naida, our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family during this very difficult time. May God's peace that passes all understanding bring you much comfort today and the days to come.

  15. Diane and John Mitchell lit a candle:
    02 Jul 2016
    Lit since July 2, 2016 at 7:49:17 AM

  16. Dawn West lit a candle:
    02 Jul 2016
    Lit since July 2, 2016 at 7:43:19 AM

  17. The McKey Family says:
    02 Jul 2016
    With deep sympathy, we are praying for Naida and family.

  18. Charles & Caren Bell says:
    02 Jul 2016
    Dear Naida and family, Charles and I want you to know what an impact Wayne had in our lives.
    He was an amazing testimony of God's love and compassion for others. He was a pillar of strength and encouragement for those of us in the Cancer Support Group. He will be irreplaceable!
    We are lifting you up in prayer.

  19. Randy and Amber Lail says:
    02 Jul 2016
    We fondly remember Wayne and the times we shared at TFA baseball games watching our sons play ball. Wayne showed great interest in all of the boys and in developing their baseball skills. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with his family.

  20. Steve & Ithie Jackson says:
    02 Jul 2016
    Wayne will be greatly missed by all of our family. May our Lord, who is the God of all comfort, bring great comfort to Naida and the kids and grandkids.

  21. Rebekah Kinard says:
    02 Jul 2016
    We are praying for your family and Jordyn sends a very big hug to Ms. Naida. May God give you grace. Love, The Kinard Family

  22. libby holder says:
    02 Jul 2016
    Praying for family.....Know HE is your strength...big hugs

  23. Eric and Denia Diaz says:
    02 Jul 2016
    We praise God even in the middle of the valley. He is the strength and the refuge of the family. Our love to you in this moments of sadness. May all His comfort embrace you.

  24. John J. lit a candle:
    01 Jul 2016
    Lit since July 1, 2016 at 7:25:50 PM

  25. Bob and Ashley Ledford says:
    30 Jun 2016
    Ashley and I will miss Wayne. He stood side by side with us during the good times and through the dark days of Pam's fight against cancer. He then sat with us until our sorrow eased. Wayne was our friend, born to walk with us during a time when help was needed. May God's love and peace comfort the Hardy family.

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