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George Robert Tardy of Warren, VT, and Acapulco, Mexico, died on November 23, 2011. Born on October 9, 1944, in Presque Isle, Maine, he was the son of Leo and Cora Tardy.
He graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1963. He went on to study culinary at the Vocational Technical Institute of Southern Maine. After school, he worked in some hotels in Boston and then made his way to Vermont where he ran several kitchens before starting his own restaurant in Waitsfield. He married Astrid Besseberg in 1968, and they ran Tardy’s Restaurant together for many years. He and Astrid later divorced. He then changed careers all together by working for the Waitsfield Cemetery Commission, taking care of their four cemeteries. He took the winters off and traveled to Acapulco, Mexico, where he lived with his wife Irma. They married in 1995. They purchased a home in Acapulco where George spent his time making it his sanctuary. He loved to entertain and cook for his family and friends.
Besides his wife Irma, he leaves behind two daughters, Nina C. Warren and her husband Steve of Essex and Liza A. Giroux and her husband Patrick of Essex, and his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy – Nicholas and Samantha Warren and Amber, Jared and Ryan Giroux. He also leaves behind three brothers and their families – Leo Joseph Tardy of Alaska, Donald Tardy of Mississippi and Philip Tardy of Fayston, Vermont.
Funeral services have taken place in Acapulco, Mexico. There will be a service in Waitsfield, VT, sometime in June 2012. Details to follow. Memorial contributions can be made to Central Vermont Medical Center, P.O. Box 547, Barre, VT 05641, Attn: Development.