Robert B. Hardiman, 63

Pest control manager, tennis enthusiast

April 25, 2007

Robert B. Hardiman, a district manager for a Baltimore pest control company and an avid tennis player, died Friday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of heart failure resulting from sepsis. He was 63.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Essex, Mr. Hardiman was a 1961 graduate of Kenwood High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1965 from what is now Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Drafted into the Army in 1965, Mr. Hardiman was assigned to Okinawa for two years in finance and accounting while a member of the Army tennis team.

He subsequently worked in sales management with several computer software companies and later with Management Recruiters International. For the past decade, he had been district manager for J.C. Ehrlich Co., a pest control company.

In addition to playing tennis, Mr. Hardiman coached the junior indoor tennis league for the Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons Association and was active with the U.S. Tennis Association. He also coached several junior lacrosse leagues.

A resident of the Chinquapin Park-Belvedere neighborhood, he enjoyed swimming and jogging.

He was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday.

Surviving are his wife of 30 years, the former Mariale Melanson; two daughters, Tara C. Hardiman of Baltimore and Krysta L. Hardiman of Williamsburg, Va.; and a sister, Carol Wagner of Anneslie.

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