After a long and successful career at the helm of 84 Lumber, Joseph Hardy passed away on Saturday, Jan. 7, the day of his 100th birthday, NAHB reports. Hardy started 84 Lumber in Eighty Four, Pa. with childhood friend Ed Ryan and brothers Norman and Bob, ultimately expanding the business into the largest privately owned building materials supplier in the world.
In 1985, Hardy was named by Forbes as one of the wealthiest people in the world, and two years later, he was elected by Venture Magazine as Entrepreneur of the Year. Along with a number of accolades, Hardy was well-known and well-loved throughout the home building industry and by his colleagues, family, and friends.
"The residential construction industry lost a true pioneer with the passing of Joe Hardy," said NAHB Chairman Jerry Konter. "He changed the game in the building materials market and NAHB truly appreciates our long relationship with 84 Lumber. Our thoughts are with his family, colleagues and friends as we celebrate his amazing life."
A public funeral service for Hardy will be held on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh followed by full military honors. Interment will be private.