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James Rallis

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REISTERSTOWN, Md. -- James Rallis, born May 5, 1912 in Lowell, Mass., son of Apostolos Rallis and Stavroula Vasilikou, died on April 1, 2005 at home in Reisterstown, surrounded by loved ones.

He was the beloved husband of Natalie H. Rallis (nee Levin). Survivors are his children, Professor Stephen Rallis, Dr. Nancy Rallis (Hasse), Diane Conover and Robin Hadel. He was very proud of all his children’s achievements. He is also survived by his sister Polita Rappas, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Eugenia Cunningham and his brother Harry Chrystie.

He operated the Raleigh Restaurant in Bennington until 1953. He then purchased the Jennings Estate in Old Bennington and turned it into one of the finest restaurants in all of Vermont. It was called the Four Chimneys and was very well known for its fabulous food, service and ambiance. It still remains open to this day. In 1976, he and Natalie opened Jimmy’s French Restaurant in Manchester, which also became a landmark. His many interests included sports and horse racing. He was an avid reader.

Services were held on April 4 at the Reisterstown Baptist Church in Maryland, with the Rev. John Rudd officiating. His wife Natalie, his granddaughter Sarah, his sister-in-law Corrinne Richard and his brother-in-law Harold Levin gave eulogies. Words of remembrance were read from T. Gary Buckley and Mary Geannelis, his lifelong friends. He will be forever remembered by those who had the good fortune to know him.

A Trisagion will be said on April 10 in memory of James Demetrius Rallis in the Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell, Mass. Contributions may be made in Jimmy’s memory to one’s favorite charity or to Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, 7008 Security Blvd., Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21244-2504.
Published in Bennington Banner from Apr. 9 to Apr. 11, 2005
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