The Herald Bulletin

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Opinion

May 16, 2014

Editorial: Bill Hardacre's legacy of service to the people of Anderson will endure

Time. Thought. Commitment. Collaboration. Resources. Kindness. Leadership.

Bill Hardacre, with the help of his wife, Ann, gave heaping portions of these as a community activist in Anderson and Madison County for the better part of seven decades.

He lived a full life, characterized by a zest for community service. Hardacre died Sunday of a massive heart attack at age 82 and was laid to rest Thursday. But his many efforts will continue to reap benefits for the people of Madison County for generations to come.

A graduate of Anderson High School and Indiana University, he returned home after serving the accounting division of the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

A profile of Hardacre in The Herald Bulletin on Monday and his obituary, published Tuesday, detailed the great variety of his community involvement.

Here is a partial list of the businesses, organizations and causes for which he rolled up his sleeves and provided leadership:

• Best Ever Dairy (now Prairie Farms Dairy)

• The Creedmore housing addition

• The EVI electronic vehicle manufacturing company

• Anderson First United Methodist Church

• The Christian Center

• The Harter House

• The Anderson Center for the Arts

• The Isanogle Center

• The Evening Exchange Club

• The Noon Exchange Club

• The Community Foundation

• The Chamber of Commerce

• Anderson University

• The Paramount Theatre Centre and The Paramount Heritage Foundation

• Ivy Tech Community College

• Anderson Rotary

Many have benefited from Hardacre’s hard work and commitment to local causes. Some have no idea that he was involved in the initiatives that benefited them. Some may have never heard of him.

Any who were acquainted with Hardacre were as impressed by the manner of his contributions as much as by the contributions themselves. He was unfailingly courteous, friendly and humble.

While he was often honored with awards, Hardacre was modest in their acceptance and did not seek the limelight for his own gratification. He gave both to communitywide projects and to help individuals in need.

Hardacre’s efforts challenged all to give more, but his integrity and style never made any feel embarrassed or inadequate. He was a man of great character, honesty and sincerity.

Bill Hardacre’s body finally failed him. But he will continue to be with Anderson in spirit and in deeds. His legacy will endure.

More online To read a profile of Bill Hardacre and his obituary, visit heraldbulletin.com and search for "Hardacre".

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