Thomas S. Hardisky

Born: Sun., Dec. 28, 1958
Died: Sat., Apr. 28, 2018


Memorial Mass

11:00 AM Thu., May 03, 2018
Location: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church


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   Thomas S. Hardisky, 59, went to be with the Lord at his home on April 28, 2018 in Loganton.
   Tom was born on December 28, 1958 in Meshoppen, PA, to parents, the former Anna M. Kiska and the late Joseph A. Hardisky Sr.
   He graduated from Penn State University with Bachelors' Degrees of Science in Biology and Wildlife Science, as well as from Mississippi State University with a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology. Tom was a Certified Wildlife Biologist, employed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for 28 years where he received the Wildlife Conservation Award.
   He was a very active board member and Officer for the PA Chapter Wildlife Society and lifetime member of the PA Trappers Association. In addition, Tom was an avid trapper, hunter, fisherman, loved exploring remote areas, loved to travel and enjoyed gardening and photography.  Tom often offered and volunteered his wildlife expertise to individuals and various community organizations.
   Tom was a faithful lifetime member of the Catholic Church, attending Immaculate Conception Church in Bastress, and also attending the Church of the Brethren in Eastville.
   Surviving in addition to his mother of Tunkhannock, are his loving wife, the former Laurie L. Heggenstaller; daughters, Justine M. (Seth) Shady, Loganton and Mikaela J. Heggenstaller,  Dublin, TX; siblings, Jo-Ann M. (Dave) O’Rourke , Reading, PA, Michael A. (Debra) Hardisky, Moscow, PA, and Joseph A. Jr. (Lynn) Hardisky, Shavertown, PA; grandchildren, Joshua R. and Rylee Jo Shady; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   Tom was an amazing person who never knew the words, “I, me or mine.” His life was about helping everyone he could, sharing/caring and giving to his family, friends, loved ones and many whom he never knew through numerous charitable giving’s. His legacy is one that will live on through the love he had for his wife, daughters, grandchildren, parents, brothers, sister, nieces, nephews.
   A great light has gone out as the world just lost a true friend.
   A memorial mass honoring Tom will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the Immaculate Conception Church, 5973 Jacks Hollow Rd., Williamsport, PA 17702. Father Bert Kozen will officiate. Meal to follow at Sugar Valley Church of the Brethren, 2305 E. Winter Rd., Loganton, PA 17747.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Heifer Foundation at http://www.heifer.org/.

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Thomas L Lewis
   Posted Mon April 30, 2018
First memory of Tom was in classes we attended at PSU back in the early 1980's. His passion for wildlife and wild places was clearly evident at that time, and has remained so since. Peace, my friend.

Missie Rabert
   Posted Tue May 01, 2018
One word to describe Tom was SELFLESS. Tom always helped others even though it was inconvenient to him. He never complained. His heart was BIG and always open. Tom will never be forgotten. He will be forever loved.

Calvin Lunceford
   Posted Tue May 01, 2018
I met Tom at Mississippi State University in 1982. Even though he was a A Northerner and I was about as Southern as you can get, we struck up an immediate friendship that lasted more than 35 years. He loved hunting, fishing , trapping and almost anything outdoors. We were kindred spirits. Tom came South several times and I visited him in Pa once. In many ways we were opposite. He was slow and methodically and thought things through and slow and methodically certainly doesn't describe me. He was my friend and I will miss him. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

Vanessa Walker
   Posted Tue May 01, 2018
I first really met Tommy when I was about 12. My best friend, Toms now step daughter Mikaela, became involved with KJRA Rodeo, I was always at her house and on occasion got a chance to watch her Rodeo. I was obsessed with the Game Commission dreaming of working for them one day. Mikaela made sure we met... I thought he was the coolest thing since sliced bread just because he worked for them. Tom loved photography, so he took video and pictures of Mikaela at the Rodeos. He would come over and show us the footage at the Farm. I told Mikaela, "I Really think your Mom, Laurie, and Tom are going to date, somethings just going on there". A few short months later, sure enough, Tom and Laurie started dating. Then came there wedding, so much love shown between these two. I have never seen two people so perfect for each other and so happy. Tommy never had a chance at having children himself, but when Laurie came into the picture he gained two daughters, a son in law and two grand children. Tom couldn't stop talking about them all. Tom, was always doing for others and that just shows the integrity he has. He would lend a hand to anyone in need and never think twice. Tom was an excellent biologist for the PA Game Commission too. I had the opportunity to work with him and he surely knew his stuff. Tom will be remembered for his quiet, calm demeanor. Such a sweet man taken too soon. Tommy, I surely will miss you very much. I don't think anyone can cook smoked chicken as good as you can and sweet talk even the pickiest eater into trying Beaver meat. God must have needed "the perfect Angel", and you my friend fit that description.

Jay Delaney (former PGC Commissioner)
   Posted Tue May 01, 2018
Tom was the single best employee of the Pennsylvania Game Commission I have met. Caring, concerning, smart and compassionate are just a few ways to describe him. He was also a great teacher to many of us. The pain of Tom’s loss to his family is heartfelt. The sportsman of Pennsylvania have lost one of their truest friends. My deepest sympathy to the Hardisky family.

Ralph Harnishfeger
   Posted Thu May 03, 2018
Tom was a great guy to work with on projects, helping host the PA Chapter Meeting some years ago and with the PA Biological Survey Mammal Tech Committee. He always seemed to have a smile on his face and was upbeat. He will be greatly missed by all those concerned about knowing about and protecting our wildlife resources.

Mike Fies
   Posted Mon May 14, 2018
I was fortunate to have known Tom through his involvement with the Northeast Furbearer Resources Technical Committee. Tom helped host our annual meeting last September in Pennsylvania and stood up all night roasting a pig for us to enjoy the following day. Tom was also the committee's Archivist and he developed a database to store a wealth of furbearer-related information for all the member states. Tom always had a smile on his face and I never heard him complain or speak badly about anyone. He was a pleasure to be around and I always looked forward to seeing him at our annual meetings. He will be sorely missed by myself and all our committee members in the Northeastern U.S. and Canada. My condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers.

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