Bob Harding Sportswriter


Bob Harding, a retired, award-winning sportswriter for the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger, died Tuesday of complications from cancer at his home on Green Lane in Baldwin.

Services for Mr. Harding, who was 60, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Harding lived in Baldwin after his retirement last year from the Star-Ledger where he had worked since 1965. Though he had covered the New York Knicks and the college basketball xTC championships, he became a specialist on horse racing, covering the Triple Crown events as well as the New Jersey and New York tracks.

He won the Eclipse Award and the Haight Award of the National Turf Writers Association. He was cited for his work by Churchill Downs in Louisville and by the horsemen of Monmouth Park in New Jersey, who named him Man of the Year in 1990.

Born in New York City, Robert Trumbull Harding was a 1953 graduate of Yale University, where he played on the basketball team.

After serving as an officer in the Navy, he began working for the North Jersey Herald and News in the Passaic County, N.J., area and also did free-lance writing, technical editing and public relations work before joining the Star-Ledger.

He wrote the text for a photo-biography of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, "A Woman for the World." He also wrote two books while in retirement.

His wife, the former Frances Pigott, is a marketing executive for the Maryland Casualty Co., now the Maryland Insurance Group.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth Jones of Manasquan, N.J., Victoria Buchanan of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Virginia Pifko of Brick Township, N.J.; a son, William Caleb Harding of Howell, N.J.; a stepdaughter, Leisha C. Meares of East Brunswick, N.J.; a stepson, Gregory C. Meares of Baltimore; and five grandsons.

The family suggested memorial donations to the American Cancer Society.

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