OBITUARY

James Michael "Kelley" Sardo

April 24, 1932June 29, 2018
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James Michael "Kelley" Sardo

“Jim”

APRIL 24, 1932 – JUNE 29, 2018

HUSBAND * FATHER * GRANDFATHER * BROTHER–IN-LAW * UNCLE * FRIEND

Jim Sardo of Brandywine Maryland passed into eternal life peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on June 29, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife Trella H. Sardo of 53 years. Devoted father to two sons Michael (wife Ronda) and Patrick. Loving grandfather to (6) grandchildren, Andrew, Chase, Lauren, Alexis, Madison, and Lily. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Cousin to Terry Hayden and Patricia Reagan. Great friend to neighbors and many others.

Jim was born James Michael Kelley at Sibley Hospital in Washington DC on April 24, 1932 to the late Virginia E. (Kelley) Sardo and James Leo Kelley, adopted son to the late Joseph Earhart Sardo. He graduated from Anacostia High School in Washington, DC. Following high school he was called to active duty to serve our beloved Country aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet CV-12 in the Korean War. After he was honorably discharged from the US Navy he attended college and played football at the University of Florida. After college he wore many hats of trades. Eventually he found his calling to a successful fulfilling career with Xerox Corporation.

His love for motorsports kept him busy throughout his years in different stages of his life with various hobbies from stock car racing and road course racing at Upper Marlboro Speedway, classic cars and street rods, model slot car racing and even model railroading. He was also a member of the Southern Nights Car Club and Model A Car Club, both in Southern Maryland. His favorite classic car was a 1953 Mercury. One of Jim’s favorite pastimes was solving his daily crossword puzzle while enjoying his pipe. The last puzzle he solved was on June 21, 2018.

He had a love for various types of music and a large collection ranging from jazz, blues, bluegrass, classic rock, 50-60 era, and country. One of his all-time favorites was Willie Nelson and recently Chris Stapleton. He was very well known for his intellect, amazing vocabulary, and sense of humor.

But mostly Jim’s biggest attribute in his life was his endless love, caring, dedication, influence and devotion to his family. From family camping trips, vacations, and educational day trips Jim always made time for his family. He was involved with the many different sports and extracurricular activities with his 2 sons as well as his grandchildren. Jim was a member of the Catholic Church and always held strong values to his Catholic faith with his family.

His wife Trella absolutely cherished and adored him and their life together from the moment they first met until he went to be with the Lord. He was loved and well respected by many and will be dearly missed very much but his memory will live in a warm place in our hearts forever.

The Family will receive friends and guests on July 10, 2018 from 4 to 8pm at Huntt Funeral Home located at 3035 Old Washington Road, Waldorf MD.

Mass of Christian Burial Memorial service will be conducted at St Peters Catholic Church located at 3320 St Peter’s Drive Waldorf, MD. Fr. David Bava officiating.

Following the Mass at St Peter’s Catholic Church, Gravesite service where he will be laid to rest will be held at 1:45 pm at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery located at 11301 Crain Highway Cheltenham, MD.

Services

  • Visitation: Huntt Funeral Home, Waldorf, Maryland Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial St. Peter's Catholic Church, Waldorf, Maryland Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Burial Maryland Veterans' Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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James Michael "Kelley" Sardo

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Claudia Marlow

July 13, 2018

Memory Eternal Jim Sardo! Thank you for all your kindness to our family, especially to my brother Peter (who lost his Dad at age 6) by including him in Scout activities and just neighborhood stuff.

Patricia Grigsby

July 7, 2018

My husband, Gary Grigsby and Jim Sardo were making arrangements for Model A Club shirts and jackets at a shop on Route 214, they went there a few times. But stopped when Gary had cardiac arrest in 1997. It was a serious recovery, requiring several weeks of hospitalization. Jim was then having some eye problems. Gary was not allowed to drive for six months. When they went back to the store to order more Club shirts, one of the employees said, "I haven't seen you two in quite awhile!" Jim quickly but wryly said,
"Well, I have been blind and he's been dead."
May he rest in Peace.

Ed Vincent

July 6, 2018

Kelley was a key member of our "First Tuesday of the month" luncheon club. I have only had the pleasure of his friendship for the few years but in that time have grown quite fond of him. Will miss his conversations about the "Nationals and Redskins".
I will miss him a lot.

Ron Van Camp

July 5, 2018

Remembering Jim as a good friend and neighbor during my Air Force tour at Andrews AFB from 1973 to 1979. We had many good times leading Boy Scout outings, helping our sons with pinewood derby races and going camping in our RV’s to Williamsburg. What we didn’t anticipate Jim, was your son marrying our daughter! We are both blessed because Mike and Ronda are very happy together. Rest In Peace Jim.

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