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James A. Maravelias
August 11, 1924 - July 10, 2021
Obituary For James A. Maravelias
James A. Maravelias, of Danvers, passed away on July 10, 2021. James was born on August 11, 1924 in Lynn, MA, son of the late Angelo and Jenny (Spyropolos) Maravelias. He was 96 years old. Jim was the beloved husband of the late Dora (Nekolopoulos) Maravelias. He was the loving father of Alan Maravelias and his wife Nancy of Middleton, Peter Maravelias and his wife Pauline of Wakefield, and Joan Tsapatsaris of Peabody. He was the dear grandfather of Jason, Michael, Sia and James Maravelias, Nicole Lahat and Chris Tsapatsaris. He was also the great grandfather of Olivia, Logan and Gavin Maravelias, Ethan and Alexander Maravelias, Ethan and Olivia Lahat, Peter and Serena Maravelias, and Stella and Emily Tsapatsaris. He was the eldest brother of Socrates of Saugus; George (deceased) of Needham; Ann Laggis of Ayer; Barbara Ciccarelli of Andover: and Esther Lilakos of Roseville, CA.
Jim was a veteran of World War II where he saw action in the Pacific while serving aboard the USS Cabot aircraft carrier. During 2 years in the Pacific he saw significant action including the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines and the invasion of Iwo Jima. Jim was on board on November 25, 1944 when suicide pilots attacked and caused heavy casualties and massive damage, yet the ship continued on and was dubbed the ‘The Iron Woman’.
After the war Jim founded and became President of Velcar Tool & Die Company in Lynn. He specialized in manufacturing parts for many of the latest electronics which included the first heart pacemaker. Jim lived a very full life. He had 46 wonderful years of marriage with Dora before her untimely death in 1992. And 27 years of delightful friendship with Barbara Shahnaian where they could be caught dancing at any moment! Jim was a friend to many and loved by all.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours at the Conway Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St, Peabody on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 4-7 pm. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 15 at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 5 Paleologos St., Peabody at 10:00am. Burial to follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. Arrangements by the Conway Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody. Donations may be made in his memory to the St Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 5 Paleologos Street, Peabody, MA 01960.
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