Lawrence, MA — George Dardas, 67, died on Thursday, March 28, 2013, suddenly at his new home in Hudson, NH. George was born in Methuen, MA on June 7, 1945. He was a lifelong resident of Dorchester Street in Lawrence, where he raised his four children, Thomas, Linda, Steven and Cindy with his wife of 41 years, Michiko Dardas. George was the third child of Thomas and Thalia Dardas, also of Lawrence.
In 1964, George graduated from Lawrence High School and attended Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theology School in Brookline, MA, to study as a priest before changing to Northern Essex Community College and obtained an Associates Degree in Business.
In 1968, he was drafted into military service where he proudly served as a U. S. Marine with the 3rd Marine Division, 5th Shore Party Battalion stationed in Okinawa, Japan. It was during his enlistment that he met his future wife, Michiko. After his honorable discharge in 1970,he returned home and worked for his father at Dardas' Delicatessen on Essex Street in Lawrence, until he saved enough money to return to Japan to retrieve the love of his life and his new son, Thomas.
George and Michiko were married in October of 1971, and resided in his childhood home until his death. He is survived by his children, his sister Alexandra, his three grandchildren, Nikko, Jonathan and Gauge, and his nephew, Shawn. He is also survived by another son, Kenichi Nikawadori who resides in Japan with his wife, Yoko, his adopted son, Rick Jezylo, and numerous cousins and extended family.
George more importantly, leaves a legacy of love for his family for whom he worked his entire life to provide and nurture. His loss will be mourned in the days to come, but his life will be forever celebrated. We love you Dad.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Boles Memorial-Baron-McAuliffe-Yameen Funeral Home, 184 Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA 01841 (978-686-0386), with a short memorial service to be conducted immediatly following.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.