James Charles Hardman, Esq.
September 22, 1931 ‒ August 08, 2017
Formerly of Chicago, Illinois
Navy veteran and notable transportation Attorney James C. Hardman, age 85, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Avita Health System hospital in Ontario, Ohio while surrounded by his family.
James was born September 22, 1931 in Chicago to parents Pryor William & Mary (O’Donnell) Hardman. James graduated from Saint Philip’s High School in Chicago, he furthered his education at Quincy College before earning his JD-MBA from Northwestern University. He remained a lifelong supporter of Northwestern and loved cheering on the Wildcats
James proudly served his country in the US Navy, as an Officer on the USS Lake Champlain. He married Maureen O’Connell on May 20, 1967 and together they raised two children. Maureen passed away in 2000 and they are now together again.
James was an accomplished and respected attorney within the trucking industry. He practiced at The Law office of James C. Hardman and represented many of the largest trucking companies in the country. James also served as Vice-President General Counsel at Dart Transit in Eagan, MN. James loved being an attorney and practiced until the age of 82.
James received numerous awards for his work within the trucking industry and was instrumental, in the passage of legislation for 53’ Semi-Trailers, that are found on the road toady.
James was heavily involved and received accolades for his work with the American Trucking Association, Transportation Lawyers Association as well as the Minnesota Trucking Association.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Jim and Ann Hardman of Lexington, OH; daughter Katie Maura Hardman of Chicago; grandchildren Megann Hardman, James “Mason” Hardman, and Daniel Hardman all of Lexington; sisters Mary Olsen of California and Joanne Braun of Arlington Heights, IL. James loved spending time with his many nephews and nieces.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his loving wife, Maureen; brother William Hardman; and the best canine companion Mo (the sweet three-legged black lab).
Although no public service will be held in James’ memory, his family hopes that you will hold him in your heart as you remember him in your own special way. Memorials may be sent to the Minnesota Trucking Association Scholarship Fund. Burial with military honors beside his wife at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Bloomington, Minnesota will occur at a later date.
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