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Gregory George Hardwick (Greg) died, after a long illness, on March 17, 2021 at the age of 72.
Greg was born on April 15, 1948 to George and Myrtle Hardwick (nee Fox). He graduated from Wickliffe High School in Wickliffe, Ohio in 1966 and went on to graduate from Miami University in 1970. He was a proud member of Pi Kappa Alpha.
Greg loved being a CPA. Beyond a career, it was his passion. He was the Managing Partner of Hardwick, Dunagan, and Company. Working long hours during tax season was expected by his family, but they knew he enjoyed working on tax returns and solving problems with the IRS. His clients quickly became more like close friends than business associates.
He was an avid Ohio sports fan. This included the Browns, Indians, Cavs, Miami Red Hawks and Ohio State, win or lose. His favorite sporting events were any that his children or grandsons participated in. He was a legend in the football stands and could be heard miles away screaming “Defense, Defense”. We like to think his cheers encouraged players to get that sack or tackle.
In addition to loving his family and sports, he also loved music. Greg was known to sing loudly and unabashedly, in public. He loved attending concerts with friends and family, listening to the radio or just singing the National Anthem before a game. He was a walking jukebox.
Greg was a devoted volunteer around the Atlanta community, most consistently with The Atlanta Track Club. He was a Crew Chief for the Peachtree Road Race for 20 years. He ran several marathons, his very favorite being the New York City Marathon. Running was a way of life for Greg, and he would encourage anyone to come out for a jog or sign up for a race. He played racquetball in the ladder league at the Athletic Club Northeast for many years as well.
He had a soft spot in his heart for all of his pet dogs, especially his many beloved German Shepherds.
He is survived by his wife, Karen (nee Benjack), his daughter Heather Hardwick Trainor (John), and his sons Christopher (Melissa), and Matthew. He is also survived by grandsons Jack, William, Phillip, Tyler, Grant, and Davis, a brother, Jim (Debra), a brother-of-heart Bill (Judy) Loparo, many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Myrtle, and brother, Scott.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Greg Hardwick Scholarship Fund at Marist School. Checks may be made out to “Marist School” and mailed to 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. Gifts may also be made on the Marist School online giving https://marist.myschoolapp.com/page/giving/make-a-gift/endowment-memorial–special-project-gifts?siteId=734&ssl=1 . Please write “In memory of Greg Hardwick” in the memo line of your check or in the comments section of your gift if you are giving online.
Given COVID, a private Zoom funeral service will be held for family and close friends.
The family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 3570 Buford Hwy #202, Duluth, GA 30096 (678) 584-0914 www.GeorgiaCremation.com