OBITUARY

James P. Bardsley

September 4, 1972April 6, 2018

James P. Bardsley, age 45, of N. Smithfield and Mattapoisett, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 6, 2018 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was the husband of Lisa A. Gray with whom he shared 15 years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, he was the son of Frank T. and Carol A. (Emond) Bardsley of Dartmouth.

James was a graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett, received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from U-Mass Dartmouth in 1994 and a Juris Doctor degree from New England School of Law in 1997.

He was a practicing attorney for the Law Office of Bardsley & Gray. He was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

While a youth in Mattapoisett, Jim was a member of the Young Marines and proudly ran his own lawn cutting business. He was a true outdoorsman who attended survival schools and loved to sail. Jim loved music and was an accomplished musician, played several instruments and hosted his own radio show in college. He was active in theater, a talented artist and obtained a third degree black belt in Aikido while at the Wellness Resource Center. Jim touched so many lives with his happy go lucky nature, quick witted sense of humor, his engaging and charming personality and his love for children.

Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are his children, Elaina and Abram Bardsley of N. Smithfield; a sister, Kristin Aiksnoras and her husband Mark of Bristol, RI; four nephews, Chase and Hunter Aiksnoras of Bristol, RI and Owen and Christian Genereux of S. Kingstown, RI; a cousin Christopher J. Cabral of Tampa, FL; and several aunts and uncles.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 5-8pm in the ROCK Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. Funeral, Saturday, April 14 at 9am from the funeral home followed by a Funeral Mass at 10am in St. Mary’s Church, 343 Tarkiln Hill Rd., New Bedford. Burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For online tributes: www.rock-funeralhome.com

  • DONATIONS

  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Services

  • Visitation Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Funeral Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, April 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Dustin Cardoza

April 13, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. Jim will always mean so much to my family. He was very kind and he helped my parents in many ways. I pray that he is in Heaven rolling around with my dad and Mike P. May God's peace be with all of you now and always.

Christine Hardman

April 13, 2018

My heartfelt sympathies to your family. Embrace each other and the wonderful memories you share. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Peter Reynolds

April 13, 2018

A kind smile and a gentle heart is how I will always remember Jimmy. Our thoughts, prayers, and hugs go out to the Bardsley family.

Peter and Erin Reynolds

Bill Goneau

April 13, 2018

Jimmy always struck me as someone that worked hard to maintain a positive outlook and environment for those in his life. He avoided using words of blame and wasn't even comfortable with teasing. He really felt and projected a need for us all to build each other up, be positive, and to project a good attitude. He was always a humble contributor and a positive influence. He didn't want to take from anyone. He wasn't out for himself. His focus was on being more helpful, a better contributor, a positive influence, someone to calm you down from your own worries or to give you a perspective that helps you to see your own challenges as less of a threat. We'll miss you Jimmy.

Mark Aiksnoras

April 12, 2018

Hi, it’s Mark.

Jim was such a fantastic person. From the day I met him I knew that we had a connection. Through the years that connection grew, and I’ll never forget all the time we had together. He was my brother, every day and in every way. I will miss having Jimmy in my life but I will always remember the good times and everything he taught me.

Brothers forever.

Lisa and Dan Hargraves

April 12, 2018

To All of the Bardsley and Aiksnoras Family,

Please accept our most sincere condolences on your loss. If God's grace were ours to give, you would all be welcomed to our share today. May the love and warmth of family and friends find a place in your heart and always remind you of the lives he touched.

Peace be with you all.

Michelle Murphy (Balthazar)

April 12, 2018

Hello Bardsley's,
I remember the great times we all had together during our adventures to the Grand Canyon and throughout Arizona and the good times at your house in the summer. My prayers to you through this difficult time.

Michelle Murphy (Balthazar)
Pelham, NY

June Fuller

April 12, 2018

Jim was always full of fun and life; even as a small child, when he was at my home playing with my four children, he was the life of the party.

Jim grew into a fine brilliant young man, loving father, son, husband, and excellent attorney! He will be severely missed by all who knew and loved him.

My mother used to say, "Only the Good die young". The shocking news of the car crash suddenly taking Jim's life at 6:30 AM on Saturday April 7th is a testimony to this saying!

Our thoughts and prayers are with Carol, Frank, Kirstin, Mark, Elaina, Abram, Lisa, and all who loved him during this difficult time. Dale and I are devastated that health issues are preventing us from leaving FL to be with you. Please know that we are with you in spirit.

May God send his loving angles to be with you, comfort you, and let you know that Jim's spirit is with you now and always.

God Bless!
Love
June and Dale
The Villages, FL

Sarah Baker

April 12, 2018

I met Jim at WRC Aikido. A good man and an excellent aikidoka. One fond memory was the class he taught while he was learning dance and his interpretation of dance meets aikido.

The photo to the left is Jim working with Don Sensei. The photo to the right was him "hiding" during my NiDan test - laying in wait to attack...

Ian Bardsley Bardsley

April 11, 2018

Jim left so suddenly. We loved him with all our heart and he was the sweetest, kindest, funniest, brightest and most loving human being. We will forever hold him close in our hearts and memory.
Uncle Bob, Aunt Sue and Ian Bardsley

Biography

James P. Bardsley, age 45, of N. Smithfield and Mattapoisett, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 6, 2018 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was the husband of Lisa A. Gray with whom he shared 15 years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, he was the son of Frank T. and Carol A. (Emond) Bardsley of Dartmouth.

James was a graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett, received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from U-Mass Dartmouth in 1994 and a Juris Doctor degree from New England School of Law in 1997.

He was a practicing attorney for the Law Office of Bardsley & Gray. He was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

While a youth in Mattapoisett, Jim was a member of the Young Marines and proudly ran his own lawn cutting business. He was a true outdoorsman who attended survival schools and loved to sail. Jim loved music and was an accomplished musician, played several instruments and hosted his own radio show in college. He was active in theater, a talented artist and obtained a third degree black belt in Aikido while at the Wellness Resource Center. Jim touched so many lives with his happy go lucky nature, quick witted sense of humor, his engaging and charming personality and his love for children.

Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are his children, Elaina and Abram Bardsley of N. Smithfield; a sister, Kristin Aiksnoras and her husband Mark of Bristol, RI; four nephews, Chase and Hunter Aiksnoras of Bristol, RI and Owen and Christian Genereux of S. Kingstown, RI; a cousin Christopher J. Cabral of Tampa, FL; and several aunts and uncles.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 5-8pm in the ROCK Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. Funeral, Saturday, April 14 at 9am from the funeral home followed by a Funeral Mass at 10am in St. Mary’s Church, 343 Tarkiln Hill Rd., New Bedford. Burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For online tributes: www.rock-funeralhome.com