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Charles Robert Hardin: Author, Sailor, Pilot
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January 03, 2011

Charles Robert Hardin: Author, Sailor, Pilot
October 5, 1934 - December 30, 2010
Robert Hardin, better known around the Banderas Bay area as "Captain Bobby," passed away at his home in Yelapa on the morning of December 30, 2010.

Charles Robert Hardin was born in Arkansas where he and his sister were raised on a farm. His father was a traveling salesman and his mother loved murder mysteries. Robert earned his private pilot's license when he was a teenager and he served as a U.S. Army paratrooper during the Korean conflict.

Robert was educated at Columbia University and lived and worked in New York City for several years until moving to South Carolina, where he earned a law degree; later he resettled in the San Francisco Bay area where he established a practice as a tax attorney and enjoyed sailing on the bay. He sailed his 40' racing boat in several races from Sausalito to Puerto Vallarta in the 80's.

In 2002, Robert married Kathryn Axton; in January 2005 they moved to Yelapa, Mexico, a small fishing village 15 miles south of Puerto Vallarta that is accessible mainly by boat. Robert enjoyed village life and especially loved playing Santa Claus and handing out mandarin oranges and pencils to all the village children at Christmas. While living in Yelapa, Robert published 7 novels and an 8th was almost complete when he died quietly at home in Yelapa, of heart disease.

Robert is survived by Kathryn, his step children Mark and Michael Axton and April Axton Ruggiero, his grandson Anthony Hoyt Ruggiero, his sister JoAnne Mayor, nephew Joe Mayor, 4 nieces, 8 novels, and 3 ex-wives.

A celebration of Robert's life will be held in the garden of the Café Eclipse in Yelapa on Saturday January 8th from 2-4 pm. The last water taxi from Yelapa to Puerto Vallarta departs at 4:30 pm, or to Boca de Tomatlán at 5 pm. Check for water taxi schedules to Yelapa.

Everyone here at BanderasNews extends our condolences to any family or friends reading this for their loss.

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