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Carlton Bordis
  • November 01, 1919
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  • April 04, 2019

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Carlton J. Bordis, age 99 of Ormond Beach, Fl, passed away on April 4, 2019. He will be remembered by most who knew him as a gentleman, and a gentle man. Carl was born in Johnstown on November 1, 1919 to the late William and Ella Bordis. He married Muriel Schumann in 1942 and had 3 sons, Jack, James and William.

He enlisted in the United States Navy during WWII serving our country on the USS Topeka.

He worked most of his working life at The Johnstown Knitting Mill Co. in Johnstown, NY starting out as a sewing machine mechanic and working his way up to Production Manager, and eventually as plant manager for 2 sister locations.

Carl was an avid carver, carving and painting his carvings during his retirement was a great source of relaxation for him. He could often be found sitting in the Florida sun whittling away on his latest project.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years Nancy Bordis, sons, Jack Bordis of Panguitch Utah, and Jim Bordis (Paula) of Rotterdam, NY. Daughter-in-law Anne Marie Bordis, Step children Richard Henderson (Sally) of N. Tonawanda, NY, Jane Delair (Mike) Homer NY, Catherine Camardello (Thomas) of West Monroe, N.Y . He was also survived by grandsons James and Joshua, granddaughter Dana, step-grandchildren Tommy, Nicole, Amy, Jeremiah, and Jamie. And many great grandchildren.

Carlton was predeceased by his son William Bordis, 2 brothers Richard and Paul and 3 sisters, Marion Hayward, Dorothy Dunn and Eleanor Cook.

A military service will take place at Saratoga National cemetery sometime in the coming weeks.

Our family would appreciate hearing any stories about my Dad, short or long, remembrances or encounters would all be appreciated at baldwincremation.com.

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  1. James Hare says:
    23 Aug 2019
    Jim Hare - Lansdale PA
    My mother and dad were long time friends of Cart and Merial and later Nancy. As a child we visited their home in Johnstown NY and I remember Merial's parents next door. They would have a clam bake which we where invited to. Good food and fun. Also, their was an invite to their lake house, that I remember. There were lots of chipmonks running around and someone had the idea of fishing for these chipmonks with peanuts tied to the end of the fishing line. We would reel them in and then cast them out into the lake. It may sound cruel, but the chipmonks loved it. They would swim back to shore and run for another peanut, and another chance to go for a swim. This was very fun to watch the chipmonks enjoying their swim in the lake. Who would have known?
    I also remember see a picture of my sister Carolyn, me and the three Bordis boys Jack, Jim, and Billy, on the stairs at the Lake House. We always had a lot of fun whenever we all where able to visit.

  2. Jack Bordis says:
    07 Jul 2019
    Dad was not only kind and gentle but whenever he got angry at anyone he never spanked me as a child although I deserved it on several rambunctious occasions. Most impressive which I observed personally when I worked for him at the mill was his ability to garner respect from every employee, and everyone liked him! When the yarn was bad, the knitters would shut down all the machines in march down to Bob Klapmeyer's office then Bob would call Dad at the Johnstown Mill and 20 minutes later Dad would arrive and in 20 minutes after his arrival they would all march back to their machines and start them up. He was a great role model, lately, I would call him every week and take an hour relating a trip or blizzard and he would listen to it all and ask pertinent questions. I can't get over that loss.

  3. Carolyn says:
    31 May 2019
    So sorry to hear about your Dad. I have wonderful memories of visiting your home with my parents. There was always a welcome mat out for us. There were great cookouts in the backyard and fun times at the lake. I thought that it was so neat that you lived next door to your grandparents and they were always active in the cookouts also. You probably don't remember much from those visits since you were little.I know that my parents really cared for your family. And my Mom enjoyed her visits to see your Dad in Florida. She has a picture on her refrigerator from when she last visited him. So glad that he had such a long and full life.

  4. jerry d wager says:
    10 May 2019
    So sorry for your loss Jim

  5. jerry d wager lit a candle:
    10 May 2019
    Lit since May 10, 2019 at 5:13:03 AM

  6. Catherine Camardello says:
    08 May 2019
    I talked with Dad every nite about events of the day or look something up for him on the computer or tell him my frustrations of the day or tease my mom about something. He would soothe my ruffled feathers and present another point of view or tell me a story of how he handled a similar situation and give me something to think about before I acted. I cannot put into words how much I miss those conversations

  7. Jeff Wittmann says:
    08 May 2019
    I remember meeting your dad many years ago when I was just a young boy. My family owned JRick Knitting. Carlton was a friend of my Grandfather Fred Scheaffel. He always teased my grandfather for not letting me eat cookies for breakfast. ( which is what Carlton and Grandpa would do on break with a cup of coffee) My condolences to the family.

  8. theresa buchner says:
    08 May 2019
    Cart, was a very good friend of my Dad, Wheaties Buchner. I have many fond memories of Cart at the Cungamunk Club. Cart's connection to the Dunn Family kept us all close, as we are also related.
    So very sorry for your loss. A profound loss to all that knew him,

  9. James Bordis II says:
    07 May 2019
    My dad wrote in my grandfather’s obituary that he will be remembered as, “a gentleman and a gentle man,” and this is simply the most accurate description of my grandfather that anyone could make. I never knew him to be anything different.

    When I was little, he would offer his hand to shake and then slip a folded five dollar bill into my palm with a wink and smile. I will never forget that gesture.

    He would talk about situations that he found himself in or conversations that he was a part of and chuckle warmly at a witty comment that he had made. There was often some humor or anecdote to his stories.

    When I was older, he made me an absolutely fantastic Manhattan and I regret not asking him for his recipe as I have not yet met a bartender who can make one quite so good.

    I did not get to see my grandfather as often as I would have liked, but I am glad for the times that I did get to spend with him as a child and as an adult. I’m sad that I won’t get to hear that warm chuckle again and I’m fairly certain that I won’t ever be completely satisfied with a Manhattan.

  10. Janet Parillo (Street) says:
    07 May 2019
    I am so sorry for your loss.

  11. Teresa Scilipote says:
    07 May 2019
    Jim, I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Keeping you, Paula and your family in my prayers.

  12. Joshua Bordis says:
    05 May 2019
    I absolutely love the photo on this page. It perfectly matches my memory of him from when I was a kid. He looks so distinguished and kind. He looks like he either just did or was about to make a quick funny quip to the photographer and then give them a wink. He could wink with the best of them, and though he was soft spoken for most of the time that I can remember, he could bring a smile to a stranger’s face with just a few words.

    Grandpa had the best stories, too. I bet he had a story about coming to take this photo. I’m sitting here just crying thinking about him probably telling that story to someone and how I’ll never hear it directly from him. I hope that someday I’m as good a story teller as he was.

    I hope that more people will leave stories and memories here so that I can pass them on to my kids. They never had the opportunity to meet their great grandfather, but I’d love for them to get to know him through others, especially my youngest, Austin Carlton Bordis.

  13. Paula Bordis says:
    05 May 2019
    I was so fortunate to have Carl for a Father in Law for the last 14 years. My husband Jim is an incredible man and after meeting Carl it was crystal clear who Jim got his kindness, gentleness and integrity from. Carl was an exceptional, father and man. I will miss hearing the many interesting stories from a life well lived. In the last months of his life, I was struck whenever I saw him by his generous spirit, life seemed to be very difficult for him in his advanced years and yet he would ask me questions about what I was doing and how I was doing with genuine interest and caring. I will miss him.

  14. Jim Bordis says:
    03 May 2019
    Part of the healing process will be reading how my Dad was remembered, I look forward to hearing from anyone who remembers him.
    Thank you,
    Jim Bordis

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