Harlowe DeForest (Cork) Hardinge passed away at his home on Mercer Island, WA Wednesday August 23, 2017 at the age of 87.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Sue. He was a man with a zest for life and a love for his family.
He is survived by twin daughters Sarah Hardinge of Shoreline, WA, Jennifer Webster (husband Mark) of Woodland, WA and a son, Hal Hardinge (wife Kristen) of Tigard, Oregon. He also leaves behind four grandchildren Alex Webster, Scott Webster, Bailey Hardinge and Ryan Hardinge; a nephew Peter Hardinge (wife Kathy) and a grandniece Mackenzie Hardinge.
Cork was born in Albany, New York on January 14, 1930 and was raised in York, PA. He attended High School at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and received a BA and MBA from Cornell University in 1954. He served in the Air Force 1954-1956. He worked in the business field for many years including the Hardinge Company and president of his own business. He met and married Sue Bailey from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They settled down in York, PA and raised a family there. In 1976 Cork embarked on a new career in education and moved the family to the Seattle area settling down on Mercer Island. Cork worked at the Bush School in Seattle as the Director of Development for five years. He had a heart for children with special needs and a love for rare books, Revolutionary history and travel.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, September 16th at 2:00pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Mercer Island, WA. Memorial donations may be made to CHILD (Children’s Institute for Learning Differences) Renton, WA or the charity of your choice.