James George Bardis

July 6, 1933March 29, 2019

James George Bardis, 85, of Keene, passed away on March 29, 2019 at Langdon Place of Keene after a period of declining health.

He was born on July 6, 1933 in Keene, the son of George John and Mary G. (Megalogenis) Bardis. He attended Keene schools and graduated from Keene High School in 1952.

He served in the US Navy for a period of four years with an honorable discharge, serving during the Korean War. He attained the rank of SK2 being responsible for ordering supplies while he served on the USS Bushnell, which was a submarine tender with home base in Key West, FL. He also served in Boston, MA as a part of the Harbor Patrol. Before being assigned to the USS Bushnell he attended store-keeping school in Newport, RI. After his discharge, James worked in the family business as well at American Optical Company.

He attended Worcester Junior College majoring in business. James then transferred to Keene State College and received his Bachelor of Education Degree. Upon graduation in January of 1962, he was offered a teaching position for the rest of the year at Cutler School in West Swanzey. The following year he returned to Cutler where he was employed for 33 years. After retirement James worked at WS Badger Company in Gilsum. He was fondly known there as “Uncle Jim”.

James married Jane Willard of Harrisville on February 13, 1954. They had met at Keene High School. One of their biggest enjoyments was living in the oldest house in the City of Keene. Jane passed away in 1984.

James was a lifelong member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Keene.

He was an avid sports fan and participant. He was a fan of all of the professional teams from the Boston area and played softball in Keene and with the Senior League. He enjoyed woodworking and crafted many birdhouses and wishing wells.

James was loved by all and was happiest when surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren – his greatest accomplishment and legacy. He will be fondly remembered as a nurturing, kind, and gentle soul.

James will be greatly missed by his children: Mary Holbrook and her husband John of Keene, NH, Timothy Bardis and his wife Lisa of Swanzey, NH, and Linda Nowill and her husband Gary Dubois of Spofford, NH; grandchildren: Seth Mitchell, Sarah Owusu, Jennifer Humphrey, Kelly Castor, Michelle Nowill, Kristin Nowill, Danny French, and Bryan French; great-grandchildren: Alaina, Addison, Maxwell, Miles, Brooke, Hannah, Joe, Gabriella, and Lucas; sisters: Sonia Pelekis of Haworth, NJ, Marjorie Kanakis and her husband Solon of Newport, NH, and Helen Brountas of Bangor, ME.

He was predeceased by his wife: Jane Bardis; siblings: John Bardis, Evelyn Bacopulos, Velma Rowe, Katherine Maydwell; and brothers and sister-in-laws: Marion Bardis, Andrew Pelekis, George Bacopulos, Richard Rowe, David Maydwell, and Nicholas Brountas.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 10:30 am at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 70 West Street, Keene, NH. Burial will follow at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave, Keene, NH.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made in Mr. Bardis’ memory to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 70 West Street, Keene, NH 03431.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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Sally Lane

April 5, 2019

Jim and I go back to Keene High together, and I was fortunate to have also worked at Cutler School as Secretary when he taught 5th grade. His room was across from my office and we shared daily communication about some of his students. He loved teaching and the children he got to know over his longevity at Cutler. On my trips to Keene, I enjoyed visiting with Jim, and I am really going to miss my friend. Rest in peace.

David Bell

April 3, 2019

I had the good fortune of being Jim Bardis's principal in the 1980's up through his retirement. Without exception, Jim was the most beloved teacher in Cutler School. His students, their families, and his fellow teachers revered him as a sweet, gentle man who was devoted to the well being of those around him. Joan Swett, a fellow 5th grade teacher, and Jim were especially close. Lou Kolarik, Sue Bobbin. Pam Weinrieb, and Sue Armstrong, along with Jim, were the core of such a strong teaching staff.
As an aside, Jim was also an excellent athlete who gloried in the annual student/teacher baseball game where his hitting, fielding, and running stood out.
Jim Bardis was a gem and will be sorely missed.

Chessy Freedman Aytes

April 2, 2019

I was lucky to have had Mr. Bardis as my 5 th grade teacher at Cutler School. He was kind, funny and calm and just an overall great teacher. He had a positive impact on so many students over the 33 years he taught at Cutler. The world was a better place with him in it and he will be greatly missed.

James Robichaud

April 2, 2019

Cathy and I are so very sorry for your loss

Jerry McDougle

April 2, 2019

Very, very sorry for your loss ! Thinking of you, Jerry McDougle

Donald Flibotte

April 2, 2019

First met Jim when my former wife Carlene was the secretary at Cutler school in the 80's . Attended the teachers parties and school functions where my two daughters Michelle and Andrea attended Cutler School . One of the best and was fortunate to find out that Jim was Mary's dad and John was his father in law . Smother sailing Jim from another Navy man .

Gretchen Black-Verbeerst

April 2, 2019

Mr Bardis was my 6th grade teacher at Cutler school. I now live in CA, when I come home I always drive by the school and remember him. He made a life long impact on me. Giving me a simple award of “most improved” which at the time of my life gave me confidence to move onto Jr high. He was a sweet caring human being and one of the best teachers I experienced.

Karen Ruehr

April 1, 2019

Mr. Bardis was my fifth grade teacher in 1980-81. After all these years, I still remember the joy of being in his class. I will always cherish those memories. He was a wonderful teacher and a kind soul. It was an honor to know him. My deepest sympathy to his family.

Sheila Tebo Rolston

April 1, 2019

Mr. Bardis was my teacher when I moved into the district - 5th grade. He made the transition seamless, making me feel welcome. He is the one teacher I remember from Cutler. Later when I worked at the hospital, he came in as a patient and remembered me. What a great teacher.

Chuck Carey

April 1, 2019

One of my favorite teachers of all time. Mr.Bardis was my 6th grade teacher at Cutler. I loved his sense of humor and his quick wit. He showed me and I’m sure others, that you can be serious and still have a sense of humor. RIP my friend!