Allen Hardesty, age 77, of Baltimore, Maryland passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018 surrounded by his family at his home in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sara; their 3 children, Craig Hardesty, Beverly Osterbur and Lisa Lee and their spouses, Jim Farmer, Steve Osterbur and Richard Lee; Four grandchildren, Eric Richardson and his wife, Whitney, Matthew Osterbur, Arlen Lee and Morgan Lee; and two great-grandchildren, Saige and Logan Richardson. He was one of eight children and is survived by his brothers, Gregory and John, and his sisters, Patricia, Frances and Joan and his many nieces and nephews. Allen was the quintessential family man with a generous and constant spirit. He would help anyone and everyone simply because he could. There are many that he cared for, rescued, listened to and provided a guiding hand to whether they be one of his children, grandchildren, sons-in-law, friends, siblings, nephews, nieces, or one of the girls he coached on a softball team. He had an impact on so many more lives through his years of service at the Society for St. Vincent de Paul as a caseworker, vice-president and president and as a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. His legacy of service, compassion and commitment will live on through all those he touched. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church at 319 Grayson Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The familiy will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19 and Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Wages and Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, Ga 30046, 770.277.4550. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Society of St. Vicent de Paul, www.svdpgeorgia.org or by check to St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

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  1. My deepest sympathies. There are no words to express the sorrow I feel for all of you, he was such a positive and loving person, You are all in my prayers.

  2. How do you say good bye to a man who was my brother by another mother. One of the finest men I knew. I will always cherish the memories and there were so many good ones. One of the most important people in my life and my family’s. Loved you Allen.

  3. My thoughts and prayers to all of the Hardesty Family. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful man and allowing us to be his second set of children. The O’Shea Lane kids were all at one time or another, entertained, babysat and even disciplined by the one and only, “Mr. Allen”. We will never forget his big smile, contagious laugh and those eyes that glared at you over his reading glasses, if you were slightly out of line! LOL Thanks for the wonderful and lasting memories and for helping us to grow up on the best street in Georgia, with one of the best role models ever! We will always love you! Until we see you again, because I know you look good with those silver wings!!!
    P.S. Let us know if there are Big Wheels in heaven.
    Love you lots,
    Laura (Sasso) Hannah & Family

  4. Beverly sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathies.. Will be praying for you and the family during this difficult time..
    Love you
    Beverly Tuller. (Whitney’s mom)

  5. Aunt Sara, Bev, Lisa, and Craig –
    I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Allen was a great man who definitely kept everyone entertained. I always enjoyed play cards with him and listening to his long winded stories. I will never forget the many laughs we had at Myrtle Beach. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace and hopefully he is not getting into too much trouble with Sue.
    Love,
    Jenn

  6. Allen,
    I speak from personal experience as a Vincentian an a Knight. I’ve lost a mentor and a brother. Like a Knight you stood those in need, especially the children. You did things that affected the lives of many outside your family. You earned my respect and I will remember how decent you were.

  7. Now, at home in Heaven; Forever in our hearts!
    Prayers for you and your Family! May your Faith, your Family, and your Friends help you today, and in the days ahead!

  8. We are so sorry for your loss! Allen was a special man and will be missed. We are here for you whenever you need us.
    Prayers for Peace!

  9. May you find comfort in knowing that “Mr. Allen” your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again. (Acts 24:15; Revelation 21:3,4)

  10. To the Hardesty Family,

    Please accept my most sincere and heartfelt condolences for your loss. May God grant you comfort during this time…

  11. Whenever we would meet, generally, the first words out of my mouth were, “Allen, what have you done for me lately”! His typical reply was “nothing”! We always had a good laugh. We both grew up in Baltimore where a thick skin was a means of seeing beyond the actual words. He was also blessed with a big heart. I know he is in a better place but that will not stop the hurt of loosing a great friend and brother Knight. My condolences to Sara and all the family. May Allen’s soul rest in peace.

  12. Craig, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May the outpouring of love of all around you bring you strength, peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  13. Our prayers are with you, Bev and the whole family. Your dad was an amazing man. He and Sara have always sat in “our section” of the pews and we were privileged to get t know him. May he rest in eternal peace.

  14. The Roderigas family deeply saddened by the Loss of awesome Man . He truly lived his life as Christian. He deserves a seat in Heaven. May God give his family strength & courage during this time of Loss. God Bless, thank you Sir Allen for helping your fellow man . You will be greatly missed by us all .

  15. Craig, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. I’m keeping your family in my prayers.

  16. Sincerely sorry for your loss Bev! Your Dad was a gem with an incredible heart! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time – wishing nothing but peace for all of you. Love, Jackie Walsh

  17. Bev and Family, Our dearest sympathy at this difficult time. Hugs and Prayers to you all, Cherish the wonderful memories

  18. My sympathy goes out to the Hardesty family. I kenw Allen from working with him in the
    ceramic tile industry. He always had a smile and positive attitude. He was the only person
    I knew with an electronic pin-ball machine in his office.

  19. Sara,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We Loved Allen! He was so funny, kind, and thoughtful. We could not have asked for better next door neighbors. We are only a doorbell ring away if you need anything! Our continued thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
    Love,
    Tim, Lisa, Marcus and Tia

  20. The Hardesty, family please accept my family’s condolence. Our prayers and love are with you. May his soul rest in the peace of the Lord.

  21. Allen was one of the kindest and most generous men I ever knew. He had a passion for helping the poor through his work with St. Vincent dePaul. When I once approached Allen for advice on working an SVdP case, Allen simply told me if we err, we always make an error on the side of compassion.

    St. Francis of Assisi said we evangelize with our actions, words are to be used sparingly. Allen Hardesty evangelized our Catholic faith with his actions !!

  22. Allen your charming smile and charismatic personality will be missed but fondly remembered. Your beautiful wife and I used to say the waters parted for you. Not a woman didn’t feel special when you were around. Thank you for making my job so fun.
    Love Always
    Lisa Davis

  23. Sara:

    Allen was one of the finest friends I ever had! I’ll never forget the conversations we had during the years we attended the
    University of Baltimore. We commuted to school together and had some classes together. When he had a double hernia operation, three of us bought him a new putter and took it to the hospital that evening. He was really in La La Land the whole time we were there. Sara, I know how you are hurting! Almeda died shortly after our 6oth anniversary…on her birthday, April 19, 2017!

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