James H. Raphtis 1941-2018
WARREN — James “Jim”Harry Raphtis, 76, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, after a short illness.
He was born Oct. 1, 1941, in Warren, the son of the late Harry and Athena Raphtis.
He was a 1959 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School. Jim was a member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Warren, where he was a past board member of the church, a member of the AHEPA Zeus Chapter #88, Warren G. Harding Gridiron Club, Trumbull Art Gallery and the Warren G. Harding Rebounders Club.
Jim also served in U.S. Army Reserves in Fort Jackson, S.C.
He worked in the family business, Woodland Market, and was a longtime restaurant owner of the Flamingo and Jammers. He was employed part-time at the Sunrise Inn.
Jim enjoyed traveling with his family. Jim was a huge supporter of Warren’s youth and Warren athletics, and often hosted dinners in his home for the Warren G. Harding High School basketball team.
He is survived by the love of his life, Marina Ambeliotis Raphtis, whom he married June 11, 1967; two daughters, Marcelle Raphtis and Karrin Raphtis; a brother, Thomas (Aliki) Raphtis; a sister, Tina Condoleon; a sister-in-law, Stella Raphtis; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Gus Raphtis.
Family and friends may call 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, and 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road NE, Warren, OH 44483. A service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Warren, with the Rev. Constantine Valantasis officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Warren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in James’ name to Warren G. Harding Gridiron Club c/o coach Steve Arnold or Warren G. Harding boys basketball c/o Bill Nicholson, 860 Elm Road NE, Warren, OH 4443.
Family and friends may visit www.peterrossieandsonfh.com to view this obituary sign the guestbook and send condolences to the Raphtis family.