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Willis E. "Billy" Hardy III

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“We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Billy! We have been gone from Melrose for many years, but will never forget Billy as a fun loving little...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Dolly Colomey - Manchester, NH

“Dear Patty and family, I am so sorry for the passing of your son. I didn't know about this until it was too late to come to the wake.I know all to...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Rosemary Beckford - Wakefield, MA

“BILL AND PATTY, I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT "BILLY", I TRULY, TRULY AM./ I NO LONGER DRIVE ANY DISTANCE NOW AS I AM 90 AND DEAN, MY SON, GOT...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: OLIVE MCGINNIS - MEDFORD, MA

“Sorry for your loss ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: John Burton - E.Boston, MA

“My sincerest condolences to the entire Family on the passing of Billy, I hope all the special memories you have help to sustain you during this...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Laughton (Gillespie) - MA

“Our deepest condolences to Billy's family in his passing...there are no words that can ease the pain of his loss. You're all in our thoughts and...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Sterling "Skip" Hardy - VT

“Man, so sorry to hear about Billy. Def one of the funniest dudes I have ever met. LOTS of laughs in HS and the years after. Boy was he funny and...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Sean Butler - Melrose, MA

“Patty & Bill I am so sorry for your loss! ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: fay mahoney mclaughlin - FL

“Patty,Billy & Entire family,I just now found out about Bill. I cannot stress the depth of my sympathies to all of you. Patty, mom sends her love and...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Judie Fairneny - Melrose, MA

“To the family of Willis Hardy, so sorry for your loss. May God's promise found in John 6:40, of the hope to see our loved ones again, comfort your...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: LF

“Patty and Billy. So So sorry to hear about the passing of your son May god bless him ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Therese and Kevin Hickey - MA

“Billy, we have shared many many fond memories together over the course of many many years. I will cherish them forever and will miss you deeply my...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Josh Messenger - Friend

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague Gately - MA


Willis E. "Billy" Hardy III passed away at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston from endocarditis on July 22, 2018. He was 41 years of age. Billy was born in Melrose on January 8, 1977 to Willis & Patricia (Rahilly) Hardy. He lived in Melrose with his parents and his sister Bridget. He had three half siblings Tom, Jim and Pam who also resided in Melrose. Billy had a great sense of humor and was always quoting movies and making people laugh. He was an avid sports fan and had a passion for Michael Jordan and Notre Dame Football. In 1993, Billy became a godfather to his nephew Ryan. Billy graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1995. He worked for several years as security a security guard and later for the Mount Vernon restaurant. He met his longtime partner Joanne Battista in the summer of 2007. In 2012 they had a daughter Olivia. Having Olivia was Billy's greatest joy and he was a devoted father. Billy was the cherished and devoted father of Olivia Hardy. Longtime partner of Joanne Battista of Lynn. Beloved son of Bill & Patricia (Rahilly) Hardy of Melrose. Loving brother of Bridget Hardy of Melrose, Tom Hardy & his wife Ellen of Marshfield, Pam Bukowski & her husband Jason of Andover and the late James Hardy & his wife Laura of Tewksbury. Proud uncle of Ryan Hardy of Melrose, Rachel, Andrea, Christopher, Brooke, Leah Hardy and Jenna & Paige Bukowski. Caring nephew of Paul M. & Thomas Rahilly of Melrose, Charles Hardy of NC & George Hardy & his wife Linda of NJ. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 4:00-8:00PM. A funeral service will be held at the Gately Funeral Home on Friday, July 27th at 10AM, followed by a burial at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend.