Jack M. Demetris

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Jack M. Demetris Obituary
Jack M Demetris of St. Davids Jack M. Demetris a resident of St. Davids and a prominent businessman in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, died peacefully at the age of 91, surrounded by his loving wife Dolly and cherished family. Jack was born in Constantinople in 1920 to Adamantios and Marika and emigrated to the United States as an infant. Jack was very proud of and dedicated to his hometown of Bridgeport. He was an outstanding athlete at Bridgeport High School, lettering in football and baseball. He was inducted into the Bridgeport Borough Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to school and community. In addition to his own athletic accomplishments, Jack organized several traveling men's and women's basketball teams in the 1940's and led one of his teams to the city wide championship. During WWII, Jack served as a Corporal in the Army Air Force in the Pacific Theater of war, primarily Australia. Among his duties, Jack was assigned the task of accompanying several USO entertainers including the Andrews Sisters, comedian Joe E. Brown, and actress Frances Langford. Jack was awarded the military Bronze Star for his service and valor. Jack owned and operated Demetris Uptown Market in Bridgeport, first with his parents and brothers and then subsequently with his son, Dennis. The market continues to operate today and will be marking its 80th anniversary in 2012. Notable customers have included Ed McMahon and Phil Sheridan. Special highlights were visits made by Presidents Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy on their campaign whistle stops. Jack always shared his magnetic smile and a friendly word with all his customers. He was loved by all who knew him. Married at St. George Cathedral in 1953 to his beloved wife, Dolly, the couple later became members of St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church in Broomall, PA. A member of St. Luke for close to 50 years, Jack was a generous steward of the church, The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey, The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in addition to being a long-time supporter of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Jack was recognized and honored for his faithful support of the ministries of the Holy Metropolis. Jack is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years Olga "Dolly" (nee Doukakis) , son Dennis Demetris (Angelique), and daughters Alexis Limberakis (Cary), Lisa Palmieri (Anthony), LeAnne Kauriga (Richard Green), and Artemis Tsingiropoulos (George). Beloved grandfather of Alyssa, Jaclyn, Jonathan, Jacob, Kyra, Oriana, Athan, Jason, Stefan, Evan, Aris and Christopher. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Christopher. He also leaves behind an especially close extended family. Jack will be remembered for his humble, gracious and unassuming manner, often being described as a "gentleman's gentleman". He always had a kind word and a genuine smile for those who met him. Though he was a quiet man, he spoke volumes in the way he lived his life. He took a sincere interest in everyone he met and left a lasting impression. While Jack worked hard at building a successful business, what he treasured most were the times spent with his wife and family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing at St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church on Tuesday evening, Oct. 25 from 6:30 to 9pm and Wednesday morning, Oct. 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. The Funeral Service will begin at 11am. Interment will be held at the Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint Luke Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund (35 N. Malin Rd., Broomall, PA 19008) or The Bridgeport Community Fund (Suite 300, 144 East DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA 19406).

Published in The Daily Local on Oct. 25, 2011
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