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James A. Chamberas

James A. Chamberas Obituary
James A. Chamberas
Local property manager and

well known track and field coach

CHELMSFORD -- James A. Chamberas, 71, of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 12th at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. He was the beloved husband of Barbara R. (Sherwood) Chamberas who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on December 29, 2014.

Born in Xerokámpion, Greece, July 30, 1943, a son of the late Fr. Athanasios E. and the late Artemis G. (Vlogiannitis) Chamberas, following his family's immigration to the United States, he attended Poughkeepsie, New York schools and was a graduate of Poughkeepsie High School in the Class of 1961. Eager to further his education, he went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education at Springfield College in Springfield, MA in 1965 and then a Master's Degree in Administration and Organization at George Williams College.

Jim was owner and operator of Homtec Realty in Chelmsford. Previously, he was a longtime Assistant Coach of Track & Field Throwing Events at Chelmsford High School, Westford Academy and Phillips Academy.

Among his many passions, Jim was the Founder and President of the Twilight Throwers in Chelmsford where he will fondly be remembered as Competitor, Coach, Official, Meet Director, Father, Husband and Friend. According to their Facebook post, Jim's motto will live with them forever...."THROW as FAR as you can, whenever you can, for as long as you can!"

He was also a member of the YMCA World Service Division having created a camp for local youth in Beirut, Lebanon.

In addition to his wife Barbara, Jim is survived by a son Michael A. Chamberas of Needham, MA; a daughter Christina Burndrett and her husband Robb of Tyngsboro, MA; a granddaughter Alexandra R. Burndrett of Tyngsboro; two brothers George A. Chamberas and his wife Cynthia of Salem, MA and Fr. Peter A. Chamberas of Hebron, NH; and many nieces and nephews.

CHAMBERAS -- In Boston, July 12, 2015, at Brigham & Women's, James A. Chamberas, 71, of Chelmsford, husband of Barbara R. (Sherwood) Chamberas. Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Friday morning at the ASSUMPTION of the VIRGIN MARY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH in Dracut at 10:30 o'clock. Burial to follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Chelmsford.

E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Cardiovascular Genetics Center at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Attn: Julia Viegas, Brigham & Women's Hospital Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Published in Lowell Sun on July 15, 2015
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