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Sydney Hardy Prince
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Sydney Hardy Prince (known as Hardy) of Beverly died on April 3rd 2018 at Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Danvers. He was the husband of the late Priscilla (Sanborn) Prince, with whom he shared 69 years of marriage. He is survived by his four sons, William and his wife Margaret, Mark and his wife Christine, Jeff and his wife Denise, and Jay and his wife, Yolanda; six grandchildren Carolyn and Katherine of Beverly, James of Maryland, Molly and Meghan of Montana, and Samuel of Beverly. He is also survived by two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his next-oldest son Jon and his wife Antonina, both of Rockport.
Born in Wenham in 1919, he was the only son of Sydney K. Prince and Harriet Lake Prince of Wenham. He grew up in Wenham and was graduated from the Wenham Center School and the Hamilton High School, while in High School he enlisted for three years in the US National Guard in Salem with the 102 Field Artillery. Upon leaving High School he worked for his father at Rubley Hill Farm as a milk truck driver. About this time he met Larry Thompson who was the manager and flight instructor at Beverly Airport. Larry gave him his first flight lesson. As WWll approached, the General Electric Company hired Hardy as a machinist where he spent a year or so until enlisting in the Navy as an aviator. He was directed to Chapel Hill in North Carolina for “flight preparation” which eventually led to Corpus Christi Naval Air Station where he was awarded the Wings of Gold as a Patrol plane pilot. His duty took him to the Philippines with Patrol Bombing Squadron VPB-25.
During this time the task was to annoy the Japanese submarines to the point of extinction. It was while in Navy training that he married Priscilla and lived on the beach at Norfolk, VA. After his discharge as a Lieutenant for the Navy, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the air medals for meritorious duty. Hardy and Priscilla lived with his parents for a few months while they both built a house very close to the homestead. It was there that Hardy studied to be an aircraft repair mechanic which was obtained from the New England Air School at Boston Airport. They had their first child there, William. The cottage they built was small, so it inspired them to have a house built in Beverly where they started the rest of their family.
After another stint with GE, he very happily received an offer of a position with MIT at Lincoln Lab, Lexington where he spent thirty seven years as an engineering assistant. This position took him to several interesting places: California, New Mexico, the Canary Islands, and the Atoll of Kwajalein. Upon retirement, Hardy and Priscilla took many automobile trips around the United States, mostly to Montana where their son Mark lives as a contractor. Directly after the war he joined the Naval Reserve and flew out of Squantum Naval Air Station and Naval Air Station South Weymouth until 1957. During this time, he flew the PB4Y, DC-3, and DC4 aircraft.
Hardy's funeral service will be held Saturday, April 7th at 11 A.M. at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915. Visiting hours will be held prior from 10-11 A.M. Burial in Wenham Cemetery. Contributions can be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Information, directions, condolences can be found at www.campbellfuneral.com.


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Visitation

Saturday

7

Apr

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Campbell Funeral Home

525 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915

Service

Saturday

7

Apr

11:00 AM
Campbell Funeral Home

525 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915

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