Remembering: Bruce William “Bill” Hardeman
October 6, 1948 – June 11, 2020
Bill Hardeman was born October 6, 1948, in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Raised in Georgia, Bill attended Gordon High School before entering the Navy in 1966, at age 17. He served three years in the Navy as a firefighter at Moffett Field, in Northern California.
Upon completion of his Naval service in 1969, Bill transitioned to a 26-year long career as a civilian firefighter at the Moffett Field Fire Department and, after it’s closing, at the Defense Depot Tracy Fire Department.
Bill celebrated the birth of his daughter, Jennifer, in 1972 and, in 1976, Bill met his (future) wife Cindy while out with friends at a Los Gatos watering hole. They were married in 1979.
In 1987, Bill and Cindy moved from San Jose to the small waterfront community of Discovery Bay and it was here Bill was happiest. He loved life on the California Delta, boating and enjoying long summer days with Cindy and friends on the deck. He loved Casinos, winning at BINGO, and enjoyed travel, taking many long road trips with Cindy.
Always a social guy, Bill enjoyed part time work at Mail Call Plus, then Discovery Bays only post office and a great place to chat with people. Many residents recall meeting him there.
An active member of the Discovery Bay Lions Club, Bill is credited with building the membership, thanks to his knack for meeting people. He very much enjoyed his volunteer work there and the wonderful friendships he formed during his many years of service.
Bruce William “Bill” Hardeman passed peacefully on June 11, 2020 after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elsie Mae. Bill is survived by his wife, Cindy, of Discovery Bay; his father, JE Hardeman and sister Ann, both of Georgia; cherished daughter, Jennifer Worthington; Son-in-law, Guy Worthington and three grandchildren, Bently, Tony and Arabella – all of Trabuco Canyon, California. He is further survived by a large, extended family and friends-just-like-family. Too many to mention, but all loved by Bill.
Bill Hardeman had a kind and generous heart and he gave his friendship freely. No one was ever a stranger to Bill and that will be his legacy.
Services will be announced at a later date, when family and friends can gather safely to celebrate Bill’s life. Donations are encouraged, in lieu of flowers, in c/o Discovery Bay Lions Club, 14850 Highway 4, Discovery Bay, Ca 94505.