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“Mr. Zars was undoubtedly the teacher most dedicated to his students success. I was not a bright and shining math student but Mr. Zars offered after...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Marjorie Nishan - Farmington, CT

“I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Zars.... he was such a nice guy ! I often ran into him at Geisslers and we would always stop and chat a bit and i...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Diane Gondek - Bloomfield, CT

“Mr. Zars was my favorite high school teacher and helped foster my love of math. I can still see him at the front of the classroom, always enjoying...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Carol Hendrickson - Marlboro, VT

“I'm so sorry for your loss. We express our condolences to the families of Valeria and Eric's dad losing. Cousin Mintauts with family and Annija, we...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Annija Gailite

“I'm so sorry for your loss. We express our condolences to the families of Valeria and Eric's dad losing. Cousin Mintauts with family and Annija, we...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Annija Gailite

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6 of 12 | Posted by: Ruta maksima Ruta maksima Latvia

“So sorry for your loss. His contagious smile and positive outlook will be missed. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Jeff Blatter - Windsor Locks, CT

“I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. Zars was an amazing teacher and person. He was always so kind and caring. He always made me feel like I was important...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Keiko Guay Bickmore - Orem, UT

“George was Leader for the Boy Scout troop at Bloomfield congregational Church where both our sons benefited from his patient leadership. They had...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Joanne/John Coghilll - Windsor, CT

“So sorry to hear about your loss Mr. Zars was a great teacher and will be truly missed Champagne family ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“My sincere condolences. I had Mr. Zars during the 1970-71 school year and he is the teacher I can say had the most influence on me. It was his class...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: David Bodner - Broken Arrow, OK

“Please accept my sincere condolences. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Karen Kalejs - IL


Juris Zars, beloved husband, father and grandfather, known to his friends as 'George', departed this life Monday April 11, following a brief illness.
He was born in Anna, Latvia and after arriving in the USA with his family post World War II, he became a naturalized citizen. He was a graduate of Canton High School and Hillyer College, earning his Masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Hartford. He served in the US Army, both active and reserves as a Military Policemen.

After working locally at the Ensign Bickford Company, he pursued his lifelong passion for teaching. George retired from the CT public school system after serving many years as the head of the Mathematics Department at Bloomfield High School, where he coached many award-winning math teams. George always encouraged his students to achieve greater things than they had expected of themselves. He loved catching up with former students at class reunions, and he often taught the children of students he had mentored a generation earlier.

After retiring from teaching, George enjoyed a second career as a shuttle bus driver for Avis at Bradley Airport. He was a devoted member of The First Congregational Church in Bloomfield, and was active in many local groups, including The Simsbury Camera Club, The Metacon Gun Club, The CT Horticultural Society, The CT Daylily Society and the CT Cactus and Succulent Society. He frequently served the needy at Loaves and Fishes.

George was predeceased by his sister Agita and his parents, Adolfs & Herta. He lost his beloved wife Linda in December 2013, on their 52nd anniversary.

He is survived by his Daughter, Valerie Zars and her husband Mark Kramer and their Daughter Tess, and by his son, Erik Zars and his wife Nadine and their sons, Juris' grandsons, Tyler & Gregory.

George leaves behind lifelong friends, the Wittmer & Sweeney families, and relatives, the Goldsteins, Peckhams, Kalejs, Jansons and Juuls families.

Calling hours will be Monday 4/17/17 between 5:00 pm-8:00 pm at Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home; 136 S. Main Street, West Hartford, CT.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 am Tuesday 4/18/17 at the First Congregational Church; 10 Wintonbury Avenue, Bloomfield, CT.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the First Congregational Church.