Lee (Gus) Augustus Hardee passed away peacefully at his home in Ponte Vedra on December 2, 2020. A kind and loving heart stopped beating. He is now with his Lord.
Born in Dallas, TX, Gus was a force of nature, a terrific athlete, and a natural storyteller who impacted many lives. He graduated from Duncan U. Fletcher. From there he went to U.S. Marines where he graduated from Parris Island, and was a proud member of the reserves and ready to serve his county. After the Marines, Gus worked at Ponte Vedra’s legendary TPC facility where he worked all manner of jobs. He went on to found No Jack Tire Company where he travelled all over supplying tire sealant. Gus also started up the Beach Boys Christmas Trees & Firewood Lot which is still thriving today under the guidance of his wife, Kathy. He started up the first baseball travel league with his team the Beach Boys. Gus also coached at Jacksonville Beach and South Side Little Leagues, and was president of SSE. He was also an enthusiastic member of the El Pardo Fantasy Baseball League for nearly twenty years.
Gus is survived by his wife, Katherine Ann Shortt Hardee; daughters, Annilese Oding McConnell, Katherine Lee Hardee; grandchildren, Caitlin Patti, Keith Lee Vernon, Liam Eaton, Piper Rose Lewis; great granddaughter, Patti Morella; sisters, Diane Hardee Wingate (Ron), Kerry Ann Hardee Pawlik, Sharon Jimenez (Bob), and Jane Shirek; brother, Douglas Hardee (Nanette); half-brother, Chris Hardee; and sister-in-law, Susan Wood Hardee.
Gus was preceded in death by his father and mother, Randolph M. and Enza Hardee; son, Robert Augustus Hardee; and brother, Randy Hardee, Jr.
Believing that at the end of life a person is served best by remaining as he was in the memories of those who enjoyed his company and numerous stories, Gus would want friends and loved ones to remember the blessed, happy times spent together, raise a glass, and toast to a life well-lived.
A celebration of his & his son’s incredible lives will be held at a future date.