James G. Maheras(1932 - 2018)

RYE - James G. Maheras, LT Col, USAF, Ret, 86, passed away on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, N.H.

He was born on April 1, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio to George and Despina Maheras, the second of five children.

Jim grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and Miami, Fla. In Cleveland he served as a Church Altar boy and wore his "evzone" costume promoting the sale of Greek Relief Bonds. He was a member of the Miami St. Sophia Church choir where he was introduced to Byzantine music and sang the "Messiah" with the Miami Central Baptist Church. He played the violin in high school, although not very well.

Upon graduating from Miami Senior High School in 1949, he attended The University of Miami and received a BS degree in Zoology. After graduating, Jim enlisted in the Air Cadet program of the U.S. Air Force. After completing Basic Training in San Antonio, Texas, he was assigned to Harlingen AFB, Texas and Mather AFB, California and was transferred to Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico as a B-36 Aircraft Performance Engineer.

It was in Puerto Rico where Jim met his future wife, Patricia, from Iowa, who was a High School teacher on the base. To the dismay of their relatives, Jim and Pat eloped and were married in Puerto Rico on April 5, 1958.

From Puerto Rico and further training Jim was assigned as a B-52 Navigator to Robins AFB, Georgia. Where he received a spot promotion from Captain to Major. Jim was then assigned to Auburn University in Alabama and earned an Aerospace Engineering degree. He was elected to several honorary organizations: Sigma Gamma Tau – Aerospace, Tau Beta Pi – Engineering, Phi Kappa Phi – Academic.

Upon graduating in 1968 Jim was assigned to the 360 TEWS (Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron) in Vietnam. He flew 180 combat missions and earned several Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was then assigned to Pease AFB, New Hampshire as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer.

He retired in July 1974 and immediately went to work for Moore Business Forms in Dover, N.H. He retired from Moore in 1994 as Director of Manufacturing Operations.

During his employment at Moore, Jim became instrumental in the functions of St. Nicholas Church in Portsmouth. He filled various posts: Parish Treasurer and President, Choir Director, Jarvis Hall Construction Manager, and Festival Chairman.

Jim was elected President of the New England Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians. He was the St. Nicholas Church Choir Director for several years and also served as a cantor. He typeset Liturgical Music, including a complete Divine Liturgy Service.

He and his spouse, Patricia, lived in Rye for many years and he served on the Rye Budget Committee for several years.

Jim and Pat loved travelling and enjoyed seeing and experiencing new interests on their numerous visits to much of Europe.

Jim is survived by his spouse, Patricia, of Rye, N.H.; his son Steven and Sally Maheras of Columbus, Ohio and granddaughter Stacy, of New York City; and son Timothy Maheras of Montreal, Quebec; also a brother, Fr. John Maheras of Scituate, Mass., and a sister, Sevasty Entwistle of Highland Lakes, N.J. He is also survived by several nieces and other relatives.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, George and Despina, and his sisters, Johanna and Katherine, and Coco, a devoted Chihuahua.

SERVICES: A time of visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. with the Trisagion Service between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 at the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad Street, Portsmouth. A funeral service will be held at 11a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Andrew Jarvis Drive, Portsmouth. Interment with full military honors will follow at the Central Cemetery, Rye. Family flowers only. The family requests memorial contributions be made to a .

For online condolences, visit: www.jvwoodfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel.

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J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Buckminster Chapel
84 Broad Street Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 436-1702

Published in Seacoastonline.com from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, 2018