Ernest C. Dardis, Navy commander

Ernest C. Dardis
Navy commander

Ernest C. Dardis, 75, a retired Navy commander who became a U.S. Postal Service manager, died Nov. 14 at an assisted living center in Easton, Md. He had Alzheimer’s disease.

The death was confirmed by his son Kenneth Dardis.

Cmdr. Dardis, a veteran of the Vietnam War, served in the Navy Supply Corps for 20 years before retiring in 1979.

He then co-founded a transportation logistics company in Carlisle, Pa., before returning to the Washington area in 1990 to join the Postal Service. He retired in 2003 as manager of material distribution for the United States.

In 2007, he moved from Arlington to Easton, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Ernest Charles Dardis was a native of Brooklyn and a 1958 graduate of what is now Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J. He received a master’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University in 1968.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Diana DeVore Dardis of Easton; two sons, Kenneth Dardis and Keith Dardis, both of Stamford, Conn.; two sisters; a brother; and six grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein