On the eve of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple, Archpriest Thomas
Hardy reposed in the Lord aged 93. Fr Thomas was a Priest of the Cathedral of
Nativity of the Mother of God and the Royal Martyrs of ROCOR in London.
Services for the newly-departed Archpriest Thomas will be posted when the funeral
arrangements are confirmed
Fr Thomas was born in Anglican family in Canada. Here he attended University and
Theological college after which he married and became an Anglican clergyman. He
served in a number of parishes in rural Canada. After some time, Father Thomas
moved to the London, UK. By this time, he and his wife had four children. Fr Thomas
was appointed the Vicar of the parish of St Augustine in Fulham which was close to
the London Podvoria of ROCOR. Here he met with Orthodoxy. He began to attend
Orthodox services and soon even sang in the church choir on Saturday evenings,
remaining an Anglican pastor. After the death of his wife, Fr Thomas became
Orthodox and was ordained a Deacon on 16th September 1991 and a priest 16th
October 1994 by Archbishop Mark, and was included in the clergy of our Cathedral.
Archpriest Thomas was a witness to many events in the life of our parish. He began
his ministry in the Podvorie on the Emperors Gate, and ended in the new Cathedral
at Gunnersbury. He was versatile and had many talents. He performed services in
English and Church Slavonic, could read the Gospel in Greek and Hebrew, was a
witty conversationalist, and a very delicate and spiritual shepherd. Until the end of his
days, he maintained a sound mind. Father Thomas had high humility and
compassion for people, and people loved him.
God forgive him sins and accept his soul to the Kingdom of Heaven.
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