Alan Hardy
May 1949 – March 2020

Tributes and Messages of Condolence Received by Mary and Chris

Alan had many friends. In some cases we have added a description to the names to indicate how they fitted into Alan's life.

Carl Dixon (friend and fellow soul and Motown fan)
Oh dear… this is sad news. I really never expected to read this. Clearly this will be a shock to many of us. Thank you for letting us know. Such fond memories with him and looking forward to seeing him at get-togethers. His knowledge of music was unbelievable. Dreadful times with one thing and another. Thoughts are with you both losing such a dear friend. I can't imagine how you feel.
Pauline and Dave Miller
We met Alan 20 years ago now - gosh, it doesn't seem that long - and always got on so well with him, a lovely caring chap and I remember he was the one who suggested the venue of Doggetts for the very successful 2002 offshore pirate reunion. He was also instrumental in arranging the now legendary Offshore 50 reunion in August 2017. We met up with him on many occasions over the years and his knowledge of music and radio was unsurpassed and always interesting to learn from. He was truly a valued friend and will be sorely missed.

His 50 years in hospital radio tells its own story of his dedication to radio and it's just such a shame he wasn't recognised more for it.

He suffered somewhat over the last year or so, we knew he wasn't well, but, even so, when we had our own problems along the way he was always there with many an encouraging and comforting word; that was his nature, unconditionally to think about others.

Rest in peace, Alan, in the great radioscape of this planet and who knows where radio waves end up, so maybe you can still hear us all now.

Alan with Pauline, Chris and Cousin Moosie
John Peters (Broadcaster)
Mary it is such a shock to hear this news. I’d not seen Alan for many years since I moved to Nottingham from London to start Radio Trent in 1975. We used to have such a hoot at the Bird's Nest in Twickenham around 1971, 2 & 3 when he was still at EMI. I left to join UBN in early 74 and lost touch, moving a year later to Nottingham.

I enjoyed the pics on the Radio London website with Alan and I was going to email you to send my regards to him.

I didn’t know his family life but please send them my best wishes at this sad time.
Francis Pullen
I’ve just seen the very sad announcement on the RL website that your dear and long time friend Alan Hardy has died.

Although I didn’t meet him, I remember listening to his broadcast from Clacton in 2000, and of his involvement in organising Offshore 50 with you and Jon.

My sincerest condolences to you both and of course to Alan's family.
Paul Wingert (Mary's brother)

So Sorry to hear the news, Mary. I remember Alan well from the various events we both attended.

Gerry Zieler (Guy Hamilton)
So sorry to hear the sad news. RIP, Alan
Alan with Bud Ballou, Alan Field and Guy Hamilton,
at Mary's memorable 60th Birthday Party on HQS Wellington
(Photo: Martin van der Ven)
Howie Castle (Bud Ballou)
I, too, was shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Alan's passing. So unexpected. I enjoyed his company on many occasions and last saw him at the 50th anniversary gathering aboard the Tatty Castle in 2017. Many years ago during a visit to California, he drove to San Diego to visit with me for a couple days. I'd like to express my condolences to Alan's family and many friends. He will be missed by all of us.
George Hare (Radio Caroline staff)
This is so sad, our Dear Friend Alan, who was a kind, considerate and gentle man.
Say a prayer for Alan to RIP.
Love and good health. George
Jenny Royal (Offshore 50 Team member)
So sad to hear this, you must both be devastated.
Mary and Brian Hannaway
Mary, that is shocking news. We met Alan several times and always found him excellent company. How sad for you and Chris. We are thinking of you both and hoping that you are OK and trying to come to terms with the loss of your friend.
Penny Wolfe (widow of Caroline North DJ, Jason Wolfe)
Oh Mary, that is very sad news. Such a lovely man.RIP Alan Hardy.
Best wishes and condolences,
Love Penny

Photo: James Hoff

Pauline Bell, Radio West Mid

I totally understand how devastated you feel. Alan had played a big part in my life over the last 40 years, since I started at RWM at 17.

Another RWM member described him as your “favourite uncle”. Someone to go to for advice, help, chat and laughter then pop down the pub together for his favourite pint of bitter.

Alan gave his time to RWM and the Church unselfishly and asked for nothing in return.

I have attached a photo of Alan and the DoN at West Mid, which was taken at the beginning of Feb 2020, when he was presented with his 50 year voluntary service award. They had to get a special badge made as no one had achieved 50 years before.

Alistair Wright, RWM Treasurer wrote to members:

As one of Alan’s oldest friends within Radio West Mid it falls to me to pass on very sad news.

Hopefully, you are all aware Alan Hardy had not been well for a while and passed away on Friday 20th, surrounded by his family. I spoke to him many times over the last few months and weeks. His faith was as strong as ever and he told me he had no fear.

Radio West Mid will continue broadcasting to patients as long as the current situation allows us to... Alan would have wanted that.

Take care of yourselves.

Best wishes Alistair, Treasurer

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