DiLuzio Foley And Fletcher Funeral Homes

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John William Ellis Jr.

March 5, 1939April 24, 2020

“Educator, sportsman, and beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle”

Mr. John William Ellis, Jr., of Keene NH, known simply as ‘Bill’ to one and all, died on April 24, 2020, after many years staying true to his kind and loving essential personality despite the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. He was wrapped in the love and care of his family, especially his wife of 58 years, Elaine C. Ellis.

Bill was born in Portsmouth, NH, on March 5, 1939, the son of the late John William Ellis, Sr. and Margery (Hodgdon) Ellis. Bill was a ball-player almost from birth—if the game had a ball, he played it, and played it well, from stickball to baseball, with golf, basketball, soccer, and racquetball in between. He played varsity basketball and soccer at Keene State College, and went on to play in many local leagues of all kinds, including being a founding member of the Brattleboro Racquet Sports Club.

Outgoing and sociable, Bill loved people, especially kids. He was an educator at all levels--a classroom teacher, principal, education instructor, and was for fifteen years the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Windham Southeast Supervisory Union in Brattleboro, VT, concluding his career with eight years as the principal of the Vernon Elementary School. In the 1970’s, his adventurous spirit took him to Ketchikan, Alaska, where he was the Principal and oversaw the founding of a new open-concept elementary school. He loved Alaska--fishing, hunting, camping and exploring from the panhandle to the Pribilof Islands to the Aleutians. He was active in each community he lived in, most recently at Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Church in Keene, where he was President of the Parish Council for a number of years.

Bill will be warmly remembered and greatly missed by his wife Elaine C. Ellis; his children and their spouses Joanna Ellis-Monaghan and husband John Ellis-Monaghan, Maria Oberlander and husband Bob Oberlander, and Anthony Ellis; his brother Daniel Ellis; brother- and sister-in-law Arthur and Dorothy Chicaderis; grandchildren Eva Ellis-Monaghan (and husband Charles Myers), Isaiah and Francis Ellis-Monaghan, Mikaela Oberlander, and Emma and Megan Ellis; great-grandson Charles William Myers; nieces Wendy Mello, Robin Hayes, and Samantha Chicaderis; nephew Brooks Bancroft. He was predeceased by his sister-in-law June Ellis.

Bill’s family would like to thank the staff at the Castle Center, HCS Home Health Care, Keene Center Genesis, Maplewood Nursing Home, and Hospice at HCS for all their years of compassionate care.

Funeral services will be private for the immediate family only. A memorial service is anticipated at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Church, Box 392 Keene, NH, 034301-0392


  • Elaine C. Ellis, Wife
  • Joanna Ellis-Monaghan (John), Daughter
  • Maria Oberlander (Bob), Daughter
  • Anthony Ellis, Son
  • Daniel Ellis, Brother
  • Arthur and Dorothy Chicaderis, Brother- and Sister-In-Law
  • Eva Ellis-Monaghan (Charles Myers), Granddaughter
  • Isaiah Ellis-Monaghan, Grandson
  • Francis Ellis-Monaghan, Grandson
  • Mikaela Oberlander, Granddaughter
  • Emma Ellis, Granddaughter
  • Megan Ellis, Granddaughter
  • Charles William Myers, Great Grandson
  • Wendy Mello, Niece
  • Robin Hayes, Niece
  • Samantha Chicaderis, Niece
  • Brooks Bancroft, Nephew
  • Margery (Hodgdon) Ellis, Mother (deceased)
  • John William Ellis, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • June Ellis, Sister-In-Law (deceased)

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  • Services will be held privately


John William Ellis Jr.

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DR. Curville Jordan, PhD.

May 3, 2020

Bill was most definitely one of the good guys. We attended PHS together, and when that ended Bill and I went on to KSC. He was a frequent passenger in my weekend run to Keene, and we did spin some interesting tales. My condolences to his family.

Sharon Brissette

April 30, 2020

Elaine, I was greatly saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was a great boss and a great friend. He treated everyone with respect no matter what job you held. He was eager to pitch in and even signed up to do staff room clean-up. He was loved and respected by all the staff and students. I will remember him always. Rest In Peace, Bill

Barb Borek

April 30, 2020

Bill hired me at VES in 1996 and was always supportive and there to listen. He loved the kids and knew all by name. This was a very positive and supportive place to work. Thank you Bill.
To Elaine, my deepest condolences. Remember the good in these times. And keep family around you. Barb

Richard Stevens

April 29, 2020

As one of the youngest cousins, I did not see Billy often but when I did, it was always a pleasant time with all of the extended family. Some of my fondest memories were when the older members gathered, there would be a meeting of kindred spirit that led to many laughs. My condolences to you and your family.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stevens

Sandy Tatro Pinger

April 29, 2020

Elaine and family,
My sincerest condolences to you all for the loss of Bill, husband and father. The little I knew of him, in the full spectrum of life, Bill was a wonderful man and for me a good landlord as well. (As a reminder, I rented from you in Vernon in the mid-80s.) My thoughts and prayers are for you all at this sad time in your family and I hope you find comfort in time with all your fond memories. Best wishes.

Debbie Wilson Bokum

April 28, 2020

So many wonderful memories......Bill was a truly remarkable boss, who taught me so much! He took the chance on hiring me as his Secretary when I was barely out of Burdett College. I remember him asking me during my interview, “How do you spell secretary?” Thinking it was a trick question, he rephrased it and asked, “What do the first 6 letters spell?” To him confidentiality was the most important trait of the position. We made a great team and I grew professionally under his leadership. He was dependable and kind and fun to work with. When I felt the need to move on, knowing I needed a new challenge, he was right there encouraging and supporting me in my decision. Elaine, Maria and family......I am so very sorry for your loss. May God bless all of you. Bill will always remain in your hearts and I will always remember him as my favorite boss ❤️

Beth Kimball

April 28, 2020

Bill, You made me a better person. I loved our friendship, your honesty and your thoughtful responses. You understood me and in those difficult times, I needed you as my boss . I have the mug you were given that says BOSS on it. There was no one else who could fill that slot. Of course, there was the time you and I were going to teach a cribbage class together and you never really showed up ! I half expected it so I was prepared. You had a great sense of humor. I have missed you . Shine down on us and watch over us . We can all use some extra humor and guidance.

Lynn Pancake

April 28, 2020

Bill will always be remembered as my mentor having been appointed to the Guilford school board to fill out a term and immediately being voted board chairman. Bill was always available to guide me through those challenges including a school building project. We couldn't have done it without Bill's dedicated guidance. It seems like there were times when we would be meeting every week and Elaine probably felt it was every night. Thanks, Elaine, Bill spent an awful lot of time away from you to help us through those rough times. God bless you, Bill.

Paul Rounds

April 28, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the entire family, I was on the school board in Brattleboro for over 15 years, played cards many a Tuesday night at Eric Scott's house Bill was always one who was greatly respected at the table. I do know we called him Snow Ellis because when superintendent was out of town he was acting superintendent and always was the one who had to call school Yes, we would talk about my college day and Ice Cream made by a special person at the Puritan. He will be deeply missed. May you all know every educator and student he touched has fond memories of him

Don McLean

April 28, 2020

Condolences to Elaine and the family. I worked with Bill during my years on the Guilford Town School Board, and had begun to get to know him when he took over for a Guilford principal who departed suddenly mid-year. When I later joined the School Board and especially when I was Chair, I worked closely with Bill, who was Assistant Superintendent of the Supervisory Union. He was a pleasure to work with, and his relaxed manner and long experience in public education were a help to me. A very good guy and I am glad to have known him. I recall Elaine sang with the women's chorus of Friends of Music at Guilford, of which I was Administrator, so I got to enjoy knowing her, as well. Best wishes, Don


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