Anthony Leslie Hardy

Born in 1930 ‘Ant’ as he was known attended Ruzawi Primary school near Marondera and then Bishops in Cape Town for his Senior School years.  He matriculated well at Bishops obtaining entrance to Oxford University from which he graduated with his BA in Law.  On his return to the then Southern Rhodesia he undertook his national service before commencing his legal career at the law firm of Honey & Blanckenberg before transferring to Scanlen & Holderness in or about 1956 where he was to remain until 1988 having served as Senior Partner too before retiring.

Both in his legal career and afterwards, Ant was significantly involved in numerous community affairs.  For many years he served on the Council of St. Mark’s Church, was on the Board and was Chairman at Ariel School and had been the President of the Ruwa Country Club.  Ant was a keen sportsman playing golf to a high standard and loving tennis often hosting delightful tennis parties.  He loved painting and his creative artistic flair came out in his piano playing and singing bringing joy, humour and his love for life on every occasion.

Ant passed away on the 5th June 2022 at the age of 92 after fracturing his hip and succumbing to the effects of his operation.  He is survived by his wife Jenny, to whom he had been married for 67 years and his three children Diana, Martin and Anthony.  One of his colleague at Scanlen & Holderness described him as being one of the most diplomatic people he had ever met and that he was a good lawyer who combined a property practice and commercial transactions exceptionally well, as well as being an absolute gentleman.  Another colleague from another firm described Ant as a really nice guy and a very competent lawyer.  Scanlen & Holderness are grateful to Tim Tanser’s contribution to the compilation of this tribute.  Tim himself was a Partner before retiring from the firm himself in 2009.


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