NOKOMIS, FLORIDA – William P. (Bill) Hardman, 65, of Nokomis, Florida and formerly of Smithville passed away May 3rd after a four-year courageous battle with cancer. Bill maintained a positive attitude during his battle all the way to his final day on earth.
Bill was born on April 14, 1954 to Rev. Rondal P. and Loretta Hardman in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Smithville High School in 1972. He attended Mount Union for two years and the University of Akron, graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. He taught History and Government at Smithville High School for 35 years before he retired. Bill coached football at Smithville for 38 years as well as track. He also served as the High School and Jr. High Athletic Director.
Bill and Diane Schopfer were married on June 21, 2003 at the Smithville United Methodist Church by the Reverend Doctor Allan Bevere. After retiring they would winter in Florida and return to their home in Smithville for the summer. Last year they sold their home in Smithville to remain in Florida year-round.
Bill was preceded in death by his father Rondal Hardman and a sister Penny Hetsch. He is survived by his mother Loretta Hardman of Wooster and brothers Mike (Dolores) Hardman of Smithville and Charlie (Karen) Hardman of Wooster. In addition, he is survived by nieces and nephews Kate (Pat) Knotts, Jeff Hetsch, Nick Hetsch, Lora (JT) Swerline, Chad (Tiffany) Hardman, Chris (Kerri) Hardman, Stacey (Rob) Slater, Doug Hardman, and Robin (Brett) Arnold.
He was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians as well as Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Football. He enjoyed traveling and learning something new about the locations they visited. Many evenings were spent at the Jetty or enjoying the drum circle to watch the sunset. He was a member of the Moose Lodge # 1308 in Venice, Florida. During his teaching and coaching career, he mentored many young students and athletes resulting in friendships that lasted beyond high school or their involvement in sports. He enjoyed the support shown to him through the visits, cards, messages, and prayers from so many friends and family. His battle lasted through the 4th Quarter only with his teammates at his side.
Friends will be received at McIntire, Bradham and Sleek Funeral Home, 216 East Larwill Street, Wooster on Saturday, May 18th from 1:00 pm 4:00 pm and from 6:00 pm -8:00 pm. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, May 19th at 2:00 pm at the Smithville United Methodist Church, 243 North Milton Street, Smithville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill s honor to a charity of your choice. Former students and athletes are encouraged to wear their Smithie Green in support of one of Bill s passions. Keep your toes in the water and fins up. We know you will be watching with us at every beach sunset!
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’;s choice
Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Smithville United Methodist Church, 243 N. Milton St., Smithville
Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 1-4:00 p.m. and 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home