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Louis T. Liarakos

Louis T. Liarakos, age 90, of Wilmington, De, passed away peacefully on August 30, 2013, with his son and daughter by his side. Lou was born in Jersey City, NJ and was the son of the late Theodore L and Bessie (Tingos) Liarakos.

Lou grew up in Wilmington and as a boy, worked in his dad's "Delaware Restaurant", on 10 th Street, across from the DuPont Building. He graduated from P.S. DuPont High School in 1941 and after a year at Princeton University and three years in the Army, he graduated from the University of Delaware as a Chemical Engineer, in 1948. Lou was Vice-President of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Fraternity, selected to Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and won the Zeisburg award for the best thesis in the East. Lou played college basketball and later continued playing in the Delmarva Semi-pro League.

Lou served during WWII in the 104th Infantry Division with combat action in France, Germany, The Battle of the Bulge and The Battle of the Dikes with Canadian and English Troops. After being wounded and receiving a Purple Heart, he was assigned as Personnel Officer in the United States Military Headquarters in downtown London, England. There he handled Army Personnel assignments and eventually the redeployment of troops from the European Theatre back to the United States.

Lou joined E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company in the Textile Fibers division. He worked for 43 distinguished years at their Seaford, DE Nylon Plant, specializing in long range planning and being involved in the innovation of new products like "Stainmaster" carpets.

While living in Seaford and raising his two children, Lou was President of the Seaford Junior Chamber of Commerce and later Vice-President of the Delaware State Jaycees. He was a coach and Vice President of Seaford Little League Baseball. He was a Director in the Delmarva Swimming Association as well as an officer in the aquatic committees in the Easton and Salisbury, MD YMCA's and the Seaford Golf and Country Club.

Upon retirement, Lou and his wife moved back to Wilmington. They enjoyed spending time with family and friends, attending the annual Holy Trinity Greek Festival, swimming together at the Jewish Community Center and vacationing during the winter in Fort Myers, FL. He was a Philadelphia Sixers season ticket holder with his son Ted, and continued the family tradition of summer vacations in Ocean City, MD with his children and grandchildren.

Lou and his loving wife Mary were as close of a team, as you are ever likely to find. They both cared deeply and faithfully for each other until the end. Mary predeceased him by ten days, after 54 years of marriage.

Lou is survived by his son, Ted Liarakos of Wilmington, daughter, Rosemary Dougherty and her husband Marty of Bluemont, VA, grandchildren Erin O'Donnell and Cassidy, Chelsea and James Dougherty and his sister, Evelyn Liarakos

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Magdalen Church and will be private. Interment will be at Silverbrook Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mary Magdalen Church, 7 Sharpley Road, Wilmington, DE, 19083 or the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 808 N. Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19086.

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Published in The News Journal on Sept. 3, 2013
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