John Frank Bajis

John Frank Bajis John Frank Bajis, 95, passed away peacefully December 10, 2012 at Halquist Memorial Hospice in Arlington, Virginia. He was born Constantinos Venezelos Bachacas on August 12, 1917 in Antofagasta, Chile. His parents, Frank and Bessie Bajis were immigrants from Mytilene, Greece. His family came to Port Huron in the early 1920's and opened several restaurants incuding the Tally Ho Inn (1939) in North Lakeport. He was famous for the greek salads, steaks, seafood and sing-a-longs. He served in World War II in the Army Air Corps in Belgium, France, England and Germany and was the Group Ordnance Inspector for the 409th bomb group. He was the St Clair County republican chairman for several years and also ran for state representative. For the last seven years he has lived with his daughter Elizabeth and family in Centreville Virginia and spent the summers in North Lakeport. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Bessie Bajis, two infant sisters, his ex-wife, June Bajis and his dear friend, Paul Geer. He is suvived by his daughters, Jennifer, Catherine and Elizabeth, son-in-laws John Knabe and Burt Roberts; grand-daughters, Jessica Berk, Stephanie Roberts and Lauren Knabe; a great grandaughter, Rowan GraceRoberts and his beloved chihuahua, Chile Pepper. His ex-wife Dr Lynne Friday resides in Lexington. His brother George Bajis (98) lives in San Diego Calif along with several nieces and nephews. Port Huron was his home for most of his life and he wanted everyone to know how much he truly loved the Blue Water area. He would also like to be remembered for starting the first float down with Robert Patterson on a bet. (which he lost) The family would like to thank his friends and caretakers for being such an important part of his life. A memorial tribute will be held this summer (2013) in North Lakeport. For more information please contact Elizabeth at

Published in The Times Herald on Dec. 28, 2012