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Adam A. Hardie Jr., businessman

Adam A. Hardie Jr., who founded an employee and veterans' placement service, died Nov. 5 of heart failure at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Fla. He was 74.

Adam Alexander Hardie Jr. was born and raised in Dearborn, Mich., where he graduated from Dearborn High School.

Mr. Hardie was attending the University of Texas at Austin when he took a job in the 1960s with Hilton Hotels Corp. He later moved to Annapolis, where he was director of catering at the Annapolis Hilton Hotel.

In the 1970s, the longtime Reisterstown resident founded Hotel Executive Placement, a recruiting firm for hotel executives, in Pikesville and later moved the business to Owings Mills.

It was in the 1990s that Mr. Hardie added a placement service for hourly hotel workers.

"His final endeavor was an effort to help veterans find employment," said a daughter, Brandan Hardie of Waupaca, Wis.

"He worked tirelessly with veterans' offices across the U.S. to develop an online job database and tracking system for our nation's heroes," said Ms. Hardie. "He offered all of his veteran placement services for free as a 'thank you' to these great citizens."

Mr. Hardie, who was semiretired at his death, had moved to Bradenton in 2010. He was an avid golfer, gourmet cook and fisherman.

"He loved a good road trip with a bag of peanuts at his side, finding an out-of-the-way diner or restaurant," said Ms. Hardie.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Joanne's House at Hope Hospice, 27200 Imperial Parkway, Bonita Springs, Fla.

Mr. Hardie is survived by another daughter, Kimberly Tosi of Fallston; his mother, Edith Hardie of Bonita Springs; two brothers, John Hardie of Bonita Springs and David Hardie of Los Angeles; and two grandchildren. His marriage to Martha Matthews ended in divorce.

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