Industry Mourns Passing of Veteran Marina Owner
B. Hardy Bedford Jr., 73, of Spring Lake, Michigan, lost his long battle with cancer on April 2. Bedford was a more than 30-year veteran of the recreational marine industry and former Michigan marina owner who loved the water and was truly passionate about boating.
A resident of the tri-cities area for nearly 50 years, Bedford was a former officer in the U.S. Navy and served on the U.S.S. Cook as a Lt. JG Engineering Officer. He was part of two deployments to the Pacific during the Vietnam era and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Following his military service, Bedford worked for Kraft Foods in New Jersey before joining with his brother, Bill, to purchase what became Wharf Marina in Grand Haven, Michigan.
Under their ownership, the marina more than tripled in size before he sold it in 1992. Bedford was a member of the West Michigan Marina Association and remained active in the marine business. At the time of his passing, Bedford was working as a sales rep in the Great Lakes region for Kanberra Products.
“Hardy was a great overall person to be with,” says David Levesque, business development manager for Kanberra. “He was very knowledgeable about the boating industry and really helped us expand our product base throughout the Great Lakes during his time working for Kanberra.”
Photo courtesy of Bedford family