Joe Hardy, 84 Lumber, Founder of Nemacolin, Dies at 100

84 Lumber and Nemacolin Resort founder Joseph A. Hardy III died Saturday on his 100th birthday, 84 Lumber vice president of marketing Amy Smiley confirmed to Action News 4 of Pittsburgh. With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Joseph A. Hardy, III. The Hardy family has lost its patriarch and its great man. Many knew Joe as a successful businessman and enthusiastic entrepreneur. Even with his immense success, Joe always remembered what he helped bring the American Dream to life for so many, and he will be sorely missed. “Joe has proven that nothing is impossible by wanting himself until his 100th birthday. His family is beyond proud of him for achieving 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 an Air Force lieutenant and 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 website. 84 Lumber and a Nemacolin press release. He opened Green Hills Lumber in Bridgeville at age 31 before joining his two younger brothers to open a crate-and-carry lumberyard in the rural town of Eighty Four in 1956. The new 84 Lumberyard has served area-focused professional home builders spanning Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The billionaire has grown 84 Lumber into one of the largest private companies in the United States. Hardy also founded Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, a 2,000-acre site in Farmington. The resort has a hotel, art collection, and spa, as well as fly-fishing and golfing opportunities. units. Pittsburgh-based Action News 4 reporter Mike Valente spoke to Farmington residents on Saturday. At a restaurant called Braddock’s, chef Derek Bolish shared what it was like to work for Hardy in Nemacolin. Watch Mike’s interviews with Farmington residents in the video above. “He always had a big cigar sticking out of his mouth and he always said, ‘How are you?'” Like Bolish, Donni Ringer described Hardy as a “real down to earth guy”. like the rest of us,” Ringer said. “He would go out to the local places to eat, you know, take his kids.” Hardy handed over management of 84 Lumber and the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort to his daughter Maggie Hardy in 1992. Hardy also served as Vice Chairman of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners from 2004 to 2007. Hardy is survived by three stepsons, his second wife as well as his current wife, according to the Beinhauer Funeral Home. and friends are welcome from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Beinhauer Funeral Home in McMurray A public service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the 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, 84 Lumber vice president of marketing Amy Smiley confirmed to Action News 4 of Pittsburgh.

A family statement said the following:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joseph A. Hardy, III. The Hardy family has lost its patriarch and great man. Many knew Joe as a successful businessman and enthusiastic entrepreneur. Even with his hugely successful Joe He always remembered what matters most: the people.He helped make the American Dream a reality for so many, and he will be sorely missed.

“Joe proved that nothing is impossible by wishing himself on his 100th birthday. His family is beyond proud of him for achieving 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 an Air Force lieutenant and 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 statement from Nemacolin press.

He opened Green Hills Lumber in Bridgeville at the age of 31 before joining his two younger brothers to open a take-out lumber yard in the rural town of Eighty Four in 1956. The new 84 Lumberyard served home builders area-focused professionals covering Pennsylvania, Ohio. and West Virginia. The billionaire made 84 Lumber one of the largest private companies in the United States.

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

Pittsburgh-based Action News 4 reporter Mike Valente spoke to Farmington residents on Saturday. At a restaurant called Braddock’s, head chef Derek Bolish shared what it was like to work for Hardy in Nemacolin.

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

“Joe was a really good guy,” Bolish said. “He always had a big cigar sticking out of his mouth and he always said, ‘How are you?'”

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

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

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

Hardy also served as Vice Chairman of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners 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 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Beinhauer Funeral Home, McMurray. A public service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in Westminster Presbyterian Church, followed by full military honours.

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

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