Robert J. Hardman

Robert J. Hardman, known as “Scat” for his musical improv ability, has sung his last song. A lifelong lover of music, literature and crossword puzzles, he could play the hell out of a guitar and has been described by many as one of the best musical entertainers of his time.

Scat grew up in Patchogue and later settled on the North Fork. He was born March 1, 1954, and was predeceased by his parents, George and Bernice. He is survived by his partner, Jeannie; his siblings, Ray, Madeline and TJ; his children, Doug, Devin, Dale and Daria; three stepchildren; and nine grandchildren.

Scat was a large part of the music scene in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. He started out as a roadie at the age of 16. In his 20s, he made his name on the local music scene with two of his own bands, Scat Bros and The BoJoBenFred Band. Later in his career, he created his own production company called Hardman Productions. He worked with many musical legends, including, but not limited to, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Barbara Streisand, Janet Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Winter, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Dave Mason, Jimmy Buffet, Rod Stewart, The Beach Boys and many, many more.

Bob “Scat” Hardman was full of energy, love and laughter. Despite all of his accolades as a musical figure, his children were always his pride and joy. He died on New Year’s Day 2019. He was 64.

A celebration of his life occurred Sunday, Jan. 6, at Kate’s Cheese Co. in Greenport. Memorial donations may be made in his name to East End Hospice Kanas Center for Hospice Care.

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