Ernest John Conides

October 5, 1923April 10, 2019

Ernest John Conides, 95 of North Andover, MA and formerly of Keene, NH, passed away on April 10, 2019 at Mary Immaculate Health Care in Lawrence, MA.

He was born on October 5, 1923 in Manchester, NH, the son of John L. and Helen (Zogopoulos) Conides. He attended area schools and upon graduation of high school was drafted into the United States Army, where he served in both the European and Pacific theaters during World War II.

After the war, Ernie returned to Manchester to spend time with family. He moved to Keene in 1956, and operated a diner and hotel for a time. It was there he met Rachel Contas and in 1963 they married.

Later, Ernie became employed by Armour as a sales representative and retired from Midtown Beef.

Ernie was always on the go and loved doing work in the yard and around the house. At night he could be found on his walk around town, which he did for many years. He was also a long-time Shriner and a dedicated servant of St. George Church in Keene.

Ernie will be deeply missed by his wife: Rachel Conides of North Andover, MA; son: John Conides and his significant other Katie Ham of North Andover, MA; son-in-law: Robert Smith of Swanzey, NH; grandchildren: Caitlin Smith and Austin Smith of Swanzey, NH; sister: Effie Manikas and her husband Nicholas of Northborough, MA; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

He was predeceased by his daughter: Andrea Smith; and siblings: Gregory Conides, George Conides, Andy Conides, and Constance Bogalis.

Family and friends are invited to a funeral service on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 70 West Street, Keene, NH, with an hour of visitation at the Church beginning at 10:00 am. Burial with military honors will follow at Monadnock View Cemetery in Keene.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Conides’ name to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 70 West Street, Keene, NH 03431.


  • Rachel Conides, Wife
  • John Conides and his significant other Katie Ham, Son
  • Andrea Smith, Daughter
  • Robert Smith, Son-in-law
  • Caitlin Smith, Granddaughter
  • Austin Smith, Grandson
  • Effie Manikas and her husband Nicholas, Sister
  • Gregory Conides, Brother
  • George Conides, Brother
  • Andy Conides, Brother
  • Constance Bogalis, Sister
  • John Conides, Father
  • Helen Conides, Mother
  • Mr. Conides also leaves many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

  • St. George Greek Orthodox Church


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Ernest John Conides

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Danielle Piper

April 17, 2019

Was so sorry to read of Ernie's passing today - may his memory be eternal! Ernie will always be in my mind as one of the most gentlemanly men I've ever known. Loved his smile, and how he would stand inside the entrance door at St. George and warmly greet people. My condolences to Rachel and the family.

Linda Stavely

April 17, 2019

Ernie was my sales rep for Mid town Beef during my years at Colony Mill Marketplace in the food court. He always had stories and jokes to share and good advice about my purchases. I always looked forward to greeting him as he passed my home on his daily walks. Please accept my thoughts and prayers.

Linda Stavely

Louise Centra

April 16, 2019

Hello Mrs Conides and family,

My family and I are so sorry for your loss of a very fine man, husband and father. Many members of the Centra family watched evenings as he would stroll past 62 Foster St to adventures unknown, always smiling and always with encouraging glances especially toward neighborhood children. May you all be blessed by your cherished memories of a loved one who will be sorely missed.

Louise A Centra (Mrs Stefano Centra) and family
formerly of 62 Foster St., Keene NH

Susan Karalekas

April 13, 2019

John, Rachel, and family,
Our deepest sympathy to you on your loss. Ernie was a beloved, trustworthy, and close friend of our family for many years. He made this world a better place and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
With love and sincere sympathy,
Susan Karalekas, Nick Lupinin, and Cornelius David Schuster

Steph Bee

April 12, 2019