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DEMETRIUS "JIM" TRAGGIS

Died: Tue., Jan. 11, 2011

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Demetrius Peter "Jim" Traggis, 84, of Hamden,entered eternity on Jan. 11, 2011. He was born in New Haven  Jan. 22, 1926, son of the late Peter and Athena Petrelis Traggis. He was a lifelong resident of the New Haven and Hamden (Mount Carmel) area. He was a graduate of the New Haven school system and proudly served in the Navy during World War II aboard the battleship "Missouri" where he was present at the formal surrender of the Japanese forces to the Allied Powers. He, along with his family, owned Demetrius Candy Store on Chapel Street in New Haven and dazzled many with wonderful confectionary creations. For many years, before becoming a restaurateur, Jim was an active, inventive businessman in the boating industry and owner of the Wepawaug Marina in Milford. Jim, in the early years, called himself The Fiberglass Kid, working with fiberglass products he gave new life to hundreds of wood and steel boats. He also enjoyed racing them. Jim later owned Conti's Restaurant in Milford and most notably the Sanford Barn in Hamden. Jim was a man of strong convictions buffered by his generosity. Working in conjunction with Connecticut Campaign for Cooley's Anemia he was instrumental in raising funds for families affected by Cooley's. He also established The Marcea Traggis Memorial Endowed Scholarship in 1985 for nursing students at Quinnipiac University in memory of his daughter Marcea, who was a nursing student at Quinnipiac at the time of her death. He was a lifelong member of St. Barbara's Greek Orthodox Church in Orange. In 1982 he received a citation from The Order of AHEPA and the Children of Saint Basils Academy for his "generosity, enthusiasm and selfless contributions to the building of the AHEPA Hall for Boys," dedicated at the academy on May 1, 1982.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Aspasia (Esther) Traggis;  their newborn son, Peter, and his beloved daughter Marcea. He was also predeceased by his sister, Mary Traggis and his second wife Queena Flomp.

Jim is survived by first cousins and their families: Ellen Andriotis of Old Saybrook, Mary Reed of  New Haven, Irene Sterns of Waterford, Andy Traggis of Lyme, Kaye Booth of Bozrah , Penelope Milon of Wilmington, N.C., Catherine Cokins and Irene Theocharidis both Houston, Texas, Demetrios (Medie) Traggis of Texas, Mary Morris, John Simos, Gus Simos and Nicholas Simos of  Florida. Funeral services in St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange Wednesday morning at 11:00. Friends may call at the church prior to the funeral from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.  Burial, with military honors, will be in Beaverdale Memorial Park, Hamden. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Demetrius Traggis Memorial Fund, c/o Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm Street, New Haven CT 06511.

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