Daniel John Hardy,48,whose Ojibwe name is “Makade Makwa” which means “black bear” of Cass Lake, MN died Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at the Cass Lake PHS Indian Hospital.
Traditional Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Sunday, November 6, 2011 at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Cass Lake with spiritual leader Allen Hardy. A wake will begin at the Veteran’s Building on Friday afternoon and will continue until the time of the services. Interment will be at the Porcupine Cemetery in Cass Lake under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Cass Lake.
Daniel was born June 21, 1963 in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Howard Hardy and Margaret Beaulieu. He was raised in the Little Earth Projects in Minneapolis until he was 17 years old. He was awarded the Minneapolis Golden Gloves Boxing Fightiest Fighter award. He moved to Bemidji area in 1979. He attended Bemidji High School and Leech Lake Staples Vo-Tech for Heavy Equipment. He then lived in both Minneapolis and Cass Lake at home with his mother. He worked as a custodian at the Palace Casino, a blackjack dealer at the Northern Lights Casino, and with the Leech Lake Lawn Mowing Services, seasonally picked boughs and was an always available handyman. He volunteered for the Leech Lake Youth Program. He spent his days advocating as a political advocate, sharing his knowledge of politics and law with “the people” he loved, making it his job to updating everyone on world events and news. He liked to hang out with his nephews and nieces, making them laugh and chasing them around. He was very proud of his community and was always cleaning up the neighborhood and made it a point to recycle. He liked participating in Sweat Lodges and attending Pow-Wows.
He is survived by his mother- Margaret Beaulieu Hardy of Cass Lake Sons- Daniel Hardy, Jr. and Arthur Hardy both of Minneapolis 4 Brothers- Howard M. Hardy of Faribault, MN David J. Hardy of Faribault, MN Jeffrey Hardy of Onamia, MN Allen Hardy of Cass Lake 5 sisters- Yvonne Hardy of Cass Lake Mary Lou Hardy of Bemidji Cynthia Guernsey of Brainerd Mary Liz Hardy of Duluth Carol Henderson of Minneapolis He was preceded in death by his father- Howard Maxwell Hardy, grandmothers- Elizabeth Adams-Hardy and Ida Beaulieu, brother- James Hardy, niece- Sierra Hardy, uncles- Kenneth Beaulieu, Anson Beaulieu and Delmer Jones and numerous other family members.
Honorary Casketbearers are all of Daniel’s Family and Friends. Active Casketbearers will be Leo Jones, Jr., Chris Fisher, Troy Palthen, Paul Wenell, Albert Luna, Kenneth Beaulieu, Sarge Lumbar, Charles Bramen and Mike Buckanaga.