At peace with the mountain and his life
Keith Hardy
  • Date of passing: Jun 15, 2012
Let the memory of Keith be with us forever

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Keith Hardy. We will remember him forever.

For those wishing to donate in memory of Keith, please visit http://www.giveforward.com/keithhardy1. The money raised will go directly to Keith’s family. Thank you.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jen Amsterlaw on 6th July 2013

"Thank you everyone for the outpouring of support, and for leaving such lovely messages about your impressions of Keith. We treasure them."

This tribute was added by Paul Dreyfuss on 17th June 2013

"It has now been a year since Keith's passing. I have waited this long to post so that I can truly attest to the legacy Keith has really left. Keith was compassion, brilliant, family centric, ethical, real, passionate, loving, demanding, driven, unwavering in pursuit of his goals, outgoing,... essentially he was a great man that drove and continues to drive us all towards greatness."

This tribute was added by Kenneth Young on 30th March 2013

"this news got to me late, since moving back to southern california, but hit me hard. dr. hardy is someone i was always extremely grateful for having found. he was always a realist, but at the same time knew how to keep an injured athlete from losing hope or their sense of who they were. invaluable. his loss makes me terribly sad. what an admirable life..."

This tribute was added by David D on 4th September 2012

"I was fortunate to have Dr. Hardy as my physician for over a year. He was always smiling and positive. I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with the Hardy family."

This tribute was added by Becky Chu on 20th July 2012

"I recall a day hike we all drove out to. It didn't take long before we were knee deep in snow. No one had snowshoes. But Keith enthusiastically pushed on. Determined and optimistic. Making it fun even though the conditions were less than ideal. We need more Hardyness in this world. You are missed!"

This tribute was added by Adam Kim on 9th July 2012

"Keith was my back doctor for about 4 years.  I was saddened to hear the awful news.  He will be missed greatly.  He was a terrific doctor, always listening and always genuinely looking out for the patient's best interest.  He was a very easy going person.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

This tribute was added by Becki Raymundo on 9th July 2012

"Keith was my non surgical Doctor for a year, before referring me to a surgeon for my condition.  A Doctor with an appreciation for the patient and their point of view....a Doctor whom genuinely cared for his patients'.  He is observing from a far how his patients' are doing...I just know it.  Spread those wings wide, Doc!"

This tribute was added by cat morris on 5th July 2012

"I just returned home from a long trip across Europe.  I was terribly saddened to read the letter from the practice that Dr Hardy had died. He was a good doctor, caring, passionate and compassionate. He really loved what he did and he was good at it. I pray for the comfort of his family and friends. Words are hard to find.  May he rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Angeli m on 28th June 2012

"Cheerful, kind, compassionate, and positive-Keith was always smilling and would befriend anyone.  I'm glad that I got to spend a few years in his presence.  Thoughts go to his family."

This tribute was added by Kathleen Burgess on 28th June 2012

"The thing I remember most about Keith was his kindness and compassion. Every time I talked with him I always walked away thinking "he is the kindest guy". He will really be missed."

This tribute was added by Alison Stout on 28th June 2012

"Keith was a star - as a physician, as a friend, as a colleague, as a father and husband, as an athlete... in everything he did he shined. And to everyone he met, he brought that light and enthusiasm as well. He will shine on, through all the people he knew, his light will continue."

This tribute was added by Terra Kling Hutchison on 27th June 2012

"I was in shock when i heard the news of Dr Hardy.  I was so excited to share with him about my new adventure white water rafting with my husband.  Every visit I had with him at the clinic we talked about the out doors, his son and just life.  He was one of those Dr's you enjoyed going to see.  My heart goes out to his wife, son and family."

This tribute was added by Matt Marici on 27th June 2012

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Hardy.  We really connected with each other since we were both into adrenaline sports.  It was really a pleasure to visit with him.  My thoughts and prayers go out for him and his family especially his young son."

This tribute was added by Kathleen Bell on 27th June 2012

"We are all so sorry and saddened by Keith's death.  He was a joy to have as a resident at UW and it was terrific to see him grow as a physiatrist and compassionate physician and as a devoted father."

This tribute was added by breeann burgos on 27th June 2012

"There is only one word to describe keith hardy... absolute! He absolutely loved his family. Absolutely had a passion for his practice in medicine and cared about people. Absolutely loved being out doors. He believed absolutely in everything he did family, medicine, sports, and friends. He never compromised on anything he did. An absolute passion for life. Forever touched never forgotten!"

This tribute was added by judy rozmiarek on 26th June 2012

"I am a nurse at evergreen and overlake hospital surgery centers so I have known and worked with Keith for some time. He was also my doctor, and helped me through some very tough times,  sorting out multiple neuromuscular/orthopedic problems to get me to the best treatment/therapy for each of them. Because of him I am able to continue my nursing career,  helping others. Thank you 4 ever"

This tribute was added by Ken LeBlond on 26th June 2012

"I met Keith and the other doctors from his practice in January 2012 at new employee orientation. We all shared our excitement at joining EvergreenHealth and shared our backgrouds which included our famlies and personal interests. I remember Keith as energetic, passionate and a great listener. All great qualities in a doctor but, even more importantly, in a human being."

This tribute was added by Myla Neskey on 26th June 2012

"Dr Keith Hardy was an Incredible person, very caring and considerate to all my concerns for the improvement of my back health. The news of his passing has saddened me and is a great loss to his all of his patients. Love and support to his family during this tough time."

This tribute was added by suzanne melroy on 26th June 2012

"I was in complete shock & disbelief, when I woke up last Sun. morn... hearing broadcast on the radio about the horribly sad news of my doctor being killed in a skiing accident. Dr. Hardy was one of the kindest,most gentle and caring doctors, I think I have ever had the priveledge of being a patient of.  May God  be with him and his precious family."

This tribute was added by Ali Schoos on 25th June 2012

"It was a pleasure to work with Keith and his patients. He was engaged, smart, humble, and a great listener.  He worked with us on the sidelines with the women's Seattle Sounders team, and always had a ready smile and laugh.  All of us at Peak Sports and Spine PT will miss him.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and partners."

This tribute was added by nancy mitrano on 25th June 2012

"One never knows when when our life will take a turn and move on to another life.  Keith has taken this turn and is now  skiing , snow shoeing and playing amongst nature's beauty. He will be greatly missed. Condolences to the family."

This tribute was added by Kathleen Pfeifle on 25th June 2012

"Doctor Hardy was my doctor, as well as my elderly mother's.  He was very kind and compassionate with mom, he was her favorite Doctor. We are both deeply saddened by his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

This tribute was added by Matt Krings on 25th June 2012

"I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Hardy for four years now. I was always impressed and inspired by his compassion, good humor, and enduring desire to do what was best for the patient. Dr. Hardy will be sincerely missed by everyone in the Kirkland medical community. Condoloences to his family and co-workers."

This tribute was added by Karen Wooten on 25th June 2012

"The news of Keith's death has saddened me immensely.  He has been described as a rising star of our field.  I would agree with that.  Mostly I remember his bright smile.  It came from joy.  He was joyful in everyday life and friendly.  He was fun to be around.  I enjoyed helping train him in residency.  I will miss him."

This tribute was added by Sarah Hall on 24th June 2012

"Dr. Hardy referred many patients to our physical therapy practice and I had several opportunities to collaborate with him regarding our mutual patients.  He was highly regarded by his patients and always treated them with kindness and respect and strived to do what was best for each of his patient's unique needs.  He will be greatly missed in our medical community."

This tribute was added by Steven Chan on 24th June 2012

"Keith was a year ahead of me in residency.  He was always willing to teach and help me and my other co-residents -- and his enthusiasm for learning was contagious.  Outside of residency, I admired his zeal for life --  the outdoors, ultimate frisbee, hiking.  The world has lost a great physiatrist and person.  My condolences to his family."

This tribute was added by Ferne Olschewsky on 24th June 2012

"Keith came into our life twice.  Once when my husband was in severe pain and saw him and when he spoke to us at our Community Advisor meeting.  What a great guy.  We talked alot that nite and he asked how Bo was doing and wrote his phone number on a scrap of paper.  Call me anytime you need.  Do not hesitate day or nite.  He was so kind.  After I saw the news I knew it was our Keith.  FCO"

This tribute was added by Julie Meyers on 24th June 2012

"Keith and I met in 2003 standing in line at REI.  He had just started his residency and I was preparing for the MCAT.  Keith was both a mentor and a friend.  His passion for everything he did and ability to maintain a work/ life balance continue to inspire me to maintain perspective and to enjoy each moment.  My deepest condolences to his family and friends, especially Jen and Jasper."

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Roh on 24th June 2012

"It's still hard for me to believe that Keith is gone. We met with him at a morning conference just two days before his passing. Amongst our close-knit community of physicians, he was one of the most thoughtful and talented docs out there. As evidenced by the outpouring of love and support from every life he touched, Keith was a man who was, and will continue to be, beloved by all."

This tribute was added by andrew cole on 24th June 2012

"Keith was a passionate partner, superb physician and a loving father and husband.  He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.  I hope that his memory will inspire others to reach for the stars--as he demonstrated to us all every day."

This tribute was added by D.J. Kennedy on 23rd June 2012

"I did my residency with Keith, since we first met he has been a wonderful friend and colleague. It is a tragic loss, but the world is a better place for having had him here. I too am a better person for having known him."

This tribute was added by Peggy Zafarana on 23rd June 2012

"As a patient of Dr. Hardy's, I could not have been more impressed with his kind presence, his passion to his craft, and his genuine spirit of healing. He took a keen interest not only in my physical needs but who I was as a person...yes, like a friend. His contagious smile was memorable and soulful. My prayers will continue for his family and deepest condolences."

This tribute was added by Tom McNalley on 23rd June 2012

"Keith was simultaneously big and little brother to me.  He helped me through some of the roughest days I've had in residency, and talked to me about the joy of his life with Jen and Jasper. I have never seen anyone more excited to be a dad, nor anyone who showed more delight in his son and all the great things he was learning to do.  I miss him and send my deepest condolences to his family"

This tribute was added by Holley Myers on 22nd June 2012

"I had the honor of working with Dr. Hardy for three months, and in that short time he made a lasting impression.  Every day in his practice I witnessed him treat patients and coworkers with sincere kindness. He always wore a genuine smile and was passionate about living life healthfully and to the fullest. I am terribly saddened by this loss to the community, and most certainly his family."

This tribute was added by Jordan Myers on 21st June 2012

""When I heard the news of Keith's death, I simply could not believe it. We had just spoken to Keith 2 days prior in preparation of the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Keith was the US medical director from '09-12. A 250km cycling event, w/ over 3000 cyclist that raises $$ for cancer research in BC. His commitment/legacy in this event & our team will always be remembered.Condolences to his family.""

This tribute was added by Shannon Gilbert on 21st June 2012

"Reflecting on who in our lives has meant the most to us, we think of those who have shared in our joys and our pain and those who have touched us with their words and a gentle and tender hand. I feel grateful having been able to work with you Keith – my friend. With your fun-loving spirit – I know you continue to be having fun."

This tribute was added by Amanda Dorman on 21st June 2012

"Dr. Keith Hardy was a genuine person with an enthusiasm towards life few could match.  His integrity and drive was inspirational. A man who’s smile and laughter brightened the office.    He will be forever missed and never forgotten.  My thoughts are with his family."

This tribute was added by nayna patel on 20th June 2012

"Keith was a year behind me in residency.  Even as my junior resident, Keith challenged me to be a better physician.  His brilliance was inspiring.  His passion contagious.  He will be greatly missed.  My thoughts are with his family."

This tribute was added by Boon Wong on 20th June 2012

"I had the fortune of working with Keith at the Ride to Conquer Cancer for 3 years, he had given the medical team a remarkable impression of being a most talent and caring physician. He was a role model whom I would look up to. His life may be short, but his spirit, inspiration, and legacy will live forever. Condolences to his family."

This tribute was added by Bill Suits on 20th June 2012

"Keith Hardy was an amazing, altruistic individual who will dearly be missed. It was clear from my interactions with him that he was genuinely self-less with others, a trait unteachable but so valuable. He was a gift to both the medical community and the general community as a whole. He is a true inspiration for me, and will be remembered."

This tribute was added by Ashley Wong on 20th June 2012

"I've only met Dr. Hardy once last year during the BC Ride to Conquor Cancer (2011). He was an inspiring doctor and someone who stood out because of his enthusiasm and smile. Hopefully, he will join us in spirit in each of the riders and volunteers for the many BC Ride to Conquor Cancer to come. My condolences to his family."

This tribute was added by Marty Kjos on 20th June 2012

"Keith was a wonderful colleague, practitioner and friend.  His integrity and belief in treating others with compassion and sincerity was unsurpassed.  It was a pleasure to have him care for my family members and to work with him for the past four years.  He will be truly missed.  My thoughts are with his family."

This tribute was added by Adam Lund on 19th June 2012

"Keith participated each June from 2009 to 2012 as the American Medical Director in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. He collaborated with us Canadians to bring an amazing 2 day, 250km cycling event from BC to Redmond, WA. His commitment & caring allowed 3011 cyclists to raise $11.2 million dollars for Cancer Research in 2012 alone. He will be forever remembered by our team & at this event."

This tribute was added by Tamara Laprise on 19th June 2012

"Dr. Hardy was a real pleasure to work with. He was always kind and caring to patients and staff alike. His optimism and positive outlook on life daily uplifted those around him. He will be greatly missed by so many; an immeasureable loss to this world. My thoughts go out to his family."

This tribute was added by Yung J. Lee on 19th June 2012

"Keith was the "Rock" as a partner physician and friend.   He was inclusive of others and was the "bridge" in bringing people together.  He did not compromise his character for money or fame.  He was ethical and searched for the truth.  He loved his family and longed to connect with others.  I will forever miss his smile and genuine kindness."

This tribute was added by Ray Baker on 19th June 2012

"Keith was devoted, intense, caring, inspirational, grounded, brilliant, passionate, humble, and more. He lived life to the fullest, never wasting even one moment. He packed more into his 34 years than most do in a lifetime. For me, Keith’s legacy will be his uncompromising dedication to remaining true to his purpose and ideal, and his unwavering pursuit of perfection in everything he did."

This tribute was added by Brandon Messerli on 19th June 2012

"Keith has touched many lives. He was one of the most thoughtful, good-hearted and genuine people I have known. His passion and drive were unparalleled. He never settled for mediocrity, and his principles were unwavering. He raised the bar for everyone around him. He will be sorely missed, but let his spirit and strength continue in each of us."

This tribute was added by james crew on 19th June 2012

"When I moved to Seattle for residency, Keith went out of his way to help me get settled. He found out I played soccer, and had me come out within days of my move. We shared great times on that team for 4 years. I know he reached to many others in similar ways, because he was so selfless. His enthusiasm was inspiring, I will remember him for it. My thoughts are with his family."

This tribute was added by Doug Moeller on 18th June 2012

"Was terribly saddened.  As a practioner, he understood the problems of the aging skier with great empathy and optimism. His treatment was appropriate and helpful and a visit to his office was like seeing an old friend.  His passing is a real blow to our community.  Condolences to his family from my wife, Stella,who was also a patient and shares this sorrow."


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