Stanford O. Bardwell Jr.
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Stanford O. Bardwell, Jr., a native of Baton Rouge, passed away at his home on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Leslie Groves Bardwell, son Brian Bardwell of Nashville, TN, son Patrick Bardwell of Baton Rouge and daughter Erin Bardwell Irby and husband, Kramer, of Baton Rouge together with grandchildren Bowman, Ellie and Hayden Irby.  He is also survived by siblings, Duke Bardwell and wife Rebecca, sister-in-law Julia Powelle Bardwell, Princeton Bardwell and wife Dadie, Auburn Bardwell Harris and husband Ron,  Cornell Bardwell Dear, and sister-in-law Linda Groves Grace and husband Fred Grace, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.  He was preceded in death by his parents Stanford O. Bardwell, Sr. and Loyola Munson Bardwell and siblings T'lane Bardwell Berry, brother-in-law Lynn Berry, and Harvard Bardwell.  After graduating from Baton Rouge High School, Stan attended the University of Michigan then returned to Baton Rouge to complete his studies at LSU and receive a law degree from LSU Law School.  As an undergraduate he served as the Air Force Corp Commander in ROTC, and, upon graduation, was commissioned as an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps serving in the Azores Islands attaining the rank of Captain before being discharged and commencing his career practicing law in Baton Rouge.  In 1981, Stan was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana and prosecuted numerous difficult and high profile cases.  In 1986 he resigned and moved to Washington D.C. to take the job of Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Energy Department, but returned to private practice in Baton Rouge two years later and continued in that capacity until his retirement six months ago. Stan loved his family, friends and community and gave generously of himself all of his life.  He was an ardent contributor to numerous social, civic and political organizations, most notably the Republican Party of Louisiana, Le Circle de Bacchus, Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board.  However, Stan's true self seemed most at home serving in his church, First Presbyterian Church, where he was a deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher and committee chair or member on numerous projects throughout his 30 years of service.  He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Bill Glass Prison Ministries where he coordinated and served on numerous evangelical missions within prisons throughout the South. For decades, each year during Holy Week, Stan joined with other faithful men for spiritual renewal and inspiration at Manresa House of Retreats on the banks of the Mississippi. Visitation will be on Thursday, June 14, at 10:00AM until memorial service at 11:30AM in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church 763 North Boulevard.  A private, family burial at Roselawn Cemetery will follow.   Honorary pall bearers are Terry Hubbs, Henson Moore, Bill Mitchell, Winston D'Armond, William D'Armond and Fred Grace.  In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for contributions to Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. (

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Published in The Advocate from Jun. 11 to Jun. 14, 2018.
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March 1, 2019
Leslie, Having just learned of your loss, we send hugs your way. Reading of Stan's honorable and morally-grounded life accomplishments brought back proud memories of Baton Rouge after so many years. We are grateful for your friendships and wish you, Brian and your family the best.
Dana,= and Bucky Herlong
February 13, 2019
I have just learned of Stan's passing. As with many others, an part of me is gone. Growing up and later in life, when faced with issues, my Dad would often say, what would Stan do, and I would stop and analyze and find the best course. A part of us is gone.

Bess you and the days of our memories.

John Jones
Chattanooga, TN
John V Jones
August 2, 2018
Saddened to learn of Stan's passing. We shared a bond as US Attorneys in the Reagan era. He was a friend and Helen and I will miss him even as the miles kept us apart for many years. Leslie, we have great memories of our days in Virginia and please know of our deepest sympathy.
jim marquez
June 15, 2018
To the entire Bardwell family, whom I have know since elementary school.
No words, just sadness for everyone. Susan were out of town and could not make the services.
Beaver & Susan Brantley
June 14, 2018
So sorry for your loss.
"Evans Roberts
June 14, 2018
We are sorry to hear of your great loss. Our prayers are with you and your family!
Henry & Kathleen Sheffield
June 14, 2018
Dear Family,
I'm so sorry for the loss of Mr. Bradwell. You are in my deepest thoughts and my prayers are with the family. Please allow God to aid you in this healing process.
June 14, 2018
Mr. Bardwell was truly one of my favorite members of the Library Board of Control. A true gentleman, he always had a smile and a kind word for me. He will be missed. Prayers of comfort for his family and friends.
Rhonda Pinsonat
June 14, 2018
Deepest Condolences to the family. Will sincerely miss you, Mr. B.
Jerome Boyd
June 13, 2018
We, Joan and Rich Launey, are truly sadden by this loss. Mr. Bardwell gave Rich one of the greatest blessings in his life. Mr. Bardwell kindly hired Rich as an AUSA. Not only was Mr. Bardwell a great US Attorney, he was a truly wonderful man. It was an honor to serve with him as both Joan and Rich had the chance to do. May God bless Mr. Bardwell and may God be a comfort to his family. Our community has lost a true gentleman and leader. Due to Rich's disability, we cannot attend the service. However, Mr. Bardwell and his family will be in our prayers.
Joan and Rich Launey
June 13, 2018
How sad this makes me. Stan was a such an instrumental part of my life. He was my boss, my mentor, and my friend. He was intelligent, funny, and always a gentleman. I will be forever grateful to have met him at the LSU game in College Station in 1992. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Lauren Davis Roberts
June 13, 2018
So sorry for your loss. He was a great guy. He will be missed.
Ned Archer
June 13, 2018
My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God's loving-kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time. Psalms 119:50,76
June 12, 2018
My prayers are with you Leslie at this sad time. Stan was such a gentleman and so important to our church family. your old friend and neighbor, Margery Fabre
June 12, 2018
May Gods loving kindness comfort you and help you through this sad and difficult time. Psalms 119:50,76
June 12, 2018
Leslie, Tommy and I are so sorry for your loss. Knowing of Stan's illness and having seen you both in April, we are deeply saddened. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Always remember the wonderful times you had in your many years together.
~ Melanie M. Brunson
June 12, 2018
Leslie :
So sorry to hear of Stan's passing. You and Stan welcomed us into the old neighborhood 25 years ago and were great neighbors, so kind to us and our sons. Stan always greeted us with a big smile and a handshake or hug - just a fine gentleman and a delight to know. His memory will stay in our hearts and we will hold you in our thoughts and prayers.
Marce and Bob Warner
Margaret Warner
June 12, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Stan's death, and send my deepest sympathies to you, Leslie, and all of your family. What a joy to see you both at the reunion in April. May God's grace and love comfort you and the many wonderful memories sustain you in this very sad time.
Judy (Bass) Richardson
June 12, 2018
I am saddened to hear that Stan has passed away. My son Adam and I were in Indian Guides with Stan and I believe Patrick. Our "tribe" had great times together. I have seen Stan through the years intermittently and always appreciated his great smile and kind words. I admired his great integrity. Our community has lost an asset and I share in your grief.
Sheldon Johnson
June 12, 2018
Dearest Leslie,
While I did not know Stan personally, I have always known of him and what an exceptional and caring person he was. You two were so lucky to have found each other and to have shared such a rich life together. You are special too, Leslie, and I call myself blessed to be your friend. I will keep you both in my prayers. Merrill Domas
Merrill Domas
June 12, 2018
My condolences to the family, and my prayers are with them. I attended junior high and high school with Stan.
Carl Hammer
June 12, 2018
Oh Leslie I am deeply saddened by Stan's death, and yet glad his suffering is over and that he is completely healed now. We will see him again. Katherine and I are prayingi for you and your family. We will not be able to attend the 1st Presbyterian reception because Katherine will be receiving her chemo treatment at the Hematology Oncology Clinic that morning. Know the certainity of God's Love and Comfort and may they be yours in ever increasing abundance.
Fenton Rutledge
June 11, 2018
Mr.B as i always call him was a great man,i was a long time client.I will very much mis mr.b.
Will Jordan
June 10, 2018
I am greatly saddened by this news. Stan was a great man and he will be greatly missed. Please accept my deepest sympathy and know that I have the family in my prayers during this difficult time.
Kay Collier
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