Dr. James Faskianos
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DOVER - Dr. James C. Faskianos, an accomplished orthodontist and highly-esteemed member of the Greek community, died on March 8 in Dover, New Hampshire with his beloved wife of 50 years, Maria Liadis Faskianos, at his side.
Known in recent years as "Dr. Jim," Dr. Faskianos established his orthodontics practice in his Dover home in 1962. For almost three decades, he straightened the teeth of thousands of teens in the Seacoast Region, often adjusting his fees as necessary in an effort to give anyone who needed orthodontia a beautiful smile.
The University of Bridgeport recognized Dr. Faskianos as a supervising dentist of the Externing Program in the Dental Hygiene Curriculum in 1967. He was the second vice president of the Southeastern Dental Society from 1969 to 1970, and then became president from 1971 to 1972.
When he retired in 1991, he devoted the next 22 years to the Greek church, volunteering almost daily and greeting parishioners every Sunday. From 2000 to 2012, he served various terms as president and vice president of the Parish Council Ministry Team of The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dover, New Hampshire. This January, the church awarded him the title of vice president emeritus. He also belonged to The Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somersworth, New Hampshire, where he had been an altar boy, and was a steward at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Tall and graceful, Dr. Faskianos often led the dancing at Greek events from Hellenic festivals to family weddings. His elegant style and fancy footwork earned him the reputation as "the Greek John Travolta." His other passions included gardening, antiquing, crossword puzzles, and his three grandsons about whom he said with characteristic wit, "If I had known how great it was to have grandchildren, I would have had them first."
Dr. James Charles Faskianos was born on March 15, 1931, in Somersworth, New Hampshire. The son of Greek immigrants who owned a grocery store, he was the first in his family to attend college; in the years to come, providing an excellent education for his children would be a top priority and source of pride. He was accepted to Dartmouth College at age 17, but in an effort to save money for dental school, attended the University of New Hampshire, graduating with a B.S., cum laude, in 1952. He received his D.M.D. from Tufts University in 1956, at which time he passed the New Hampshire State Dental Board and the National Dental Board exams to practice dentistry and dental surgery.
In 1956, he joined the United States Army as a commissioned officer, completed his Army Medical Service Course in Houston, Texas, and rose to the rank of captain. After his honorable discharge, he received his M.S. in Orthodontics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1962. It was during this time that he met his future wife Maria at a Greek dance and, quite literally, swept her off her feet. She helped him set up and manage his Silver Street practice.
A devoted family man, Dr. Faskianos is survived by his wife; two daughters Sophia M. Faskianos and Irina A. Faskianos; his grandchildren Maximos Faskianos Capus, Xandros James Faskianos Capus, and Christopher James DePatie; and sons-in-law Steve Capus and Tom DePatie.
His family is grateful to the doctors and nurses, including two who were Dr. Jim's patients 40 years ago, for the outstanding care he received at Frisbee Memorial Hospital and the Hyder Family Hospice House.
On Thursday, March 14, visiting hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Tasker Funeral Home, 621 Central Avenue, Dover. The Trisagion Service will be at 6 p.m.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, March 15, at 11 a.m., at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 93 Locust Street, Dover. After the burial at the Greek Cemetery in Somersworth, everyone is invited to the mercy meal that will take place at the Dover Greek Orthodox Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in loving memory to The Dr. James C. Faskianos Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Scholarship Fund, 93 Locust Street, Dover, N.H. 03820. The annual scholarship will be awarded to an exemplary member of the Greek church pursuing a college or vocational school degree.
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Tasker Funeral Home
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Published in Fosters from Mar. 11 to Mar. 14, 2013