James S. Demakis

Died: 2019-02-10
Resided in: Salem & Peabody
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH
Viewing date: 2019-02-15 / 9am -11am
Service type: Funeral Service
Service date: 2019-02-15 / 11am - Following Visitation
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Mr. James Spiros Demakis, age 97, of Salem, died Sunday evening, February 10, 2019 with his family by his side. Born in Haverhill, Jim was the son of the late Spiros and Pota Demakis. He attended Lynn Schools, obtained a bachelor of science in Business Administration from Northeastern University and later obtained a Masters Degree in Education from Salem State University. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 and proudly served his country during World War II. He was a member of the 825th Tank Destroyer Battalion and served in France, Belgium and Germany. He received the American and European Theater Campaign Ribbon, Victory and Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1945. After the war, Jim worked within the Malden School System for 29 years. He taught Industrial Arts and later Computers at both the Middle and High Schools. He was very committed to his teaching and always stated: "It's what you can do for students that really matters." Post-retirement he enjoyed life daily by traveling, golfing, skiing, square dancing, gardening, walking and meditating. He leaves a daughter Diane Demakis of NH. His siblings; William Demakis of Swampscott, Elaine Grevelis of Danvers, Dorothy Pechilis of Lynn and Timothy Demakis of Topsfield. He was the loving uncle of many nieces and nephews. He leaves a longtime friend Lynda Snow of Salem. Jim was predeceased by his former wife Gloria Demakis and a brother Louis Demakis.


Diane, So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. I know from the talks that we had, that he was your best friend while you were growing up, and remained that throughout the rest of his life. As a Father myself, I know how special that is and, even when compared to all that he had experienced and accomplished in his life, I'd venture a guess that having you as his best friend, was his biggest achievement. Stay strong and when the moments get difficult, just remember all of those good times that you had with him. I know first-hand what you're going through and all I can tell you is that it does get easier with time. You are in my thoughts, and my prayers, as you go through this difficult time. Chip
A wonderful man! He truly was amazing! Our prayers and thoughts are with you Diane and your family. Iím always here for you xo. Heidi and Rich
Dear Diane, I'm sorry for your Great Loss of your dad. I hope you and yours will find comfort knowing he is at Peace and with your mom now. Prayers and thoughts to all! Jeannie Bussolari
He was my coffee friend!the words he would say was never slow down don't take a nap keep moving. I am going to miss him but I know he is in a better place still moving! Love you Diane thank you for giving me the opportunity to become his friend! Love Irene
Diane, Uncle Jim was very special to us growing up (he taught me to play golf) and we share many wonderful memories. So sorry to hear of his passing. We will keep you in our prayers at this difficult time. Annette
Sorry for your loss he sounded like a amazing man Diane♡
Sorry for youíre loss . A great man by all accounts . God Bless his soul .
Dotty,Tim,Elaine,and Bill, I'm sorry to here about Jims' passing.I remember having a lot of good times with Jim when I was growing up,as with the rest of you.We will keep you in our prayers. Love you all,Nick Makris
Diane, My sincere condolences on the loss of your dad. He was a big part of your life and will be missed. You are lucky to have many wonderful memories. Love, Auntie Mona

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