James C. Bampos Jr. died peacefully on 11-21-21. He was predeceased by his parents, Olga Dimitrio and James C Bampos, his brother Paul, his first wife, Phyllis (née Mills), and his cousin Frances Caparis. He is survived by his two sons James E. Bampos of North Andover, MA and Jeffrey Bampos of East Longmeadow, MA, his grandchildren Garrett and Molly Bampos and his second cousins Anthony and Peter Caparis, and Grace Gloecker. He is also survived by his second wife, Patricia Schoeffel and her children, Carol Schoeffel (Robert Klute), Sara Salamone (Paul) and Tom Schoeffel (Lora) and their children Cameron Schoeffel (Alyse), and Elizabeth Brinker (Brad). Blake Schoeffel was his step-great-granddaughter.
James, known by his baptismal name, Peter, was a first generation American Greek. His parents emigrated from Doridos, Greece. Born in Springfield MA, he went to school there and worked at his father’s tailor shop. He served in the navy in California, just after WWII, and was honorably discharged in 1948. He returned to Massachusetts after the war and married Phyllis in 1952, also graduating from American International College in Springfield. He started work for the Underwood Corporation as a typewriter salesman and sold typewriters to schools, where he discovered a love of teaching. He went back to school to earn a Masters of Education. He first taught fourth and fifth grades in Manchester CT, then moved back to West Springfield. He became a Special Education teacher, then an assistant principal and finally a principal of an elementary school. He was beloved by students and teachers. He retired in 1990 after 36 years, with letters of thanks from students, teachers and school boards.
He and Phyllis were active in the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in East Longmeadow. He sang in the church choir, was a member of the Lions Club and also was a Library Trustee in East Longmeadow. He was inducted into the West Springfield Teachers Wall of Fame. Peter also enjoyed gardening and playing the organ. In addition to singing, he played the piano and organ.
After the death of his first wife in 2004 he remained a widower for four years before meeting Patricia, also a widow, through close mutual friends. She lived in S. Orleans MA and they married in 2008. Peter loved to laugh and never met a stranger. He was quick with a smile and a joke. He and Pat traveled to Greece. They enjoyed plays, musicals, the symphony, and were members of the First Federated Church of Orleans. They remained on Cape Cod and moved into Assisted Living for health reasons in 2017. In October 2019 they moved to St. Louis Missouri to be nearer to two of Pat’s children. They attended the First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood until the pandemic. They lived in a local Assisted Living facility until Peter required skilled nursing in April 2021, when they moved to Friendship Village.
A memorial service will be held at the chapel at Friendship Village of Sunset Hills’ Assisted Living facility, 12777 Village Circle Drive, St. Louis, MO 63127. His body was cremated and ashes will be interred in Oak Grove Cemetery in Springfield, MA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice
Published by The Republican from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2021.