James Kardaris, 100, of Peabody, died Tuesday morning at Salem Hospital following a brief illness. He was the devoted husband of the late Irene (Spaneas) Kardaris.
Born in Peabody, he was the son of the late Deonesios and Anastasia (Makrakea) Kardaris. He was a life long resident of Peabody and a graduate of Peabody High School, Class of 1934.
Upon graduating from high school, James worked in the leather industry for 10 years before enlisting with the United States Navy and served for two years during World War II. Following the war, he owned and operated Kardaris Finishing Company for many years, and finally he was Chief of Security at Salem State College for 16 years before retiring in 1985.
James was a 64 year member of the Mason of Essex Lodge in Salem and was a member of the Shriners as well. He was a past president of St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church.
James is survived by his daughters, Dianne Kardaris of Lynn and Stephanie Cohen of Peabody, his granddog “Louie,” and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Alden and Peter Kardaris.
His funeral will be on Friday at 9 a.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, followed by his Funeral Service at 10 a.m. at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, Paleologos St., Peabody to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. Expressions of sympathy can be made in his name to St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 5-7 Paleologos St., Peabody, MA 01960. For directions and on-line obituary, visit www.ccbfuneral.com.
Published on  January 26, 2017