The End of an Era – James Tardy (1935-2020)

It is with tremendous sadness that we share the news of the passing of our business partner, James (Jim) Tardy.  Jim died peacefully on August 25, 2020 after a long battle with dementia.

Born July 24, 1935 near Helena, AR, he studied at the University of Arkansas then joined the Navy.  He often spoke proudly of his Naval service and of all the countries he visited.

Jim moved to Houston in 1958 to join Business Extension Bureau. Jim Tardy and Bob Royall ran our business for several decades. Their vision and drive helped to grow Business Extension Bureau into one of the most established marketing businesses in the Houston area before turning over the reins to Bob’s sons, Ron (President/CEO) and Ro (Executive VP) in 1991.  Jim continued to make daily trips to the office until the age of 80. He was proud of the business, his partnership with the Royall family, and the people who worked with him at BEB.

Jim had a wry sense of humor, impeccable manners, and treated everyone equally. He loved to fish, travel and garden, and he enjoyed good wine and food. The Tardy home was where friends and family gathered for holiday celebrations.

Jim was a member of Sugar Land First United Methodist Church. He was active in his Sunday School class and church committees, and was a greeter for over 30 years.

Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Kathryn “Kitty” Tardy; his son Philip and wife Courtney, and grandchildren Winifred, Harry, and Cecily.

Around the office we knew Jim as “Mr. T”. His passing brings a close to a golden era at Business Extension Bureau. He is well loved, and missed by all of us. Rest in peace, Mr. T.

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