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James A. Argeros, 90, beloved husband of the late Janice (Dewitt) Argeros, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the Continuing Care at Brooksby Village in Peabody, while in the comforting presence of his loving family.
Born in Peabody, he was the son of the late Arthur M. and Antigoni (Tsouvalas) Arguers.
He grew up in Peabody, and graduated from Peabody High School, Class of 1944, where he was class president his junior and senior years.
After high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy, and served as a radioman on a minesweeper. After his enlistment, he was appointed to Annapolis, yet elected to study closer to home enrolling at Boston University, where he graduated with a degree in history. While at BU, he was Man of the Year in 1951, president of the Scarlet Key, as well as president of his student government and council.
James started his career with an executive training program with Allied Stores in New York City which led him to serve in several executive positions at L.H. Field Company of Michigan and Dey Bros. of Syracuse, N.Y. He continued his executive growth, and was named as vice president of Jordan Marsh in the Boston area. He continuously applied innovative solutions leading to business growth. James was president of the Harvard Cooperative Society from 1978 to 1991. While employed by the Harvard Cooperative Society, known as “The Coop,” he continued to apply innovative philosophies and saw revenue grow 300% during his tenure.
Besides his distinguished career in retail, he was active in numerous professional organizations. He hosted business seminars, was a guest lecturer at Fisher and Chamberlain Colleges, and UMass. He served as a Boston University Trustee, served as director of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Cambridge Adult Education Center, Harvard Square Business Association, and Director of Fisher Junior College Advisory Committee Retail Curriculum. He also served his Alma Mater of B.U. as vice president and as president of the Alumni Association, chairman of the Giving Program, and numerous Phone-a-thons.
Jim also had a strong faith, he served as president of the St. Vasilios Men’s Club, vice chairman of the Diocese Council of New England, was appointed to the Board of Trustees at Hellenic College, and nationally was a member of the League of Greek Orthodox Stewards, and was named an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
He was most passionate about people, being very devoted to his family as a son, sibling, spouse, father, and grandfather, as well as a loyal and dedicated friend and advisor to many.
James worked tirelessly to raise money for many worthy organizations. He was most passionate about the Journey of Hope, which he founded to help find a cure for multiple myeloma. He will be deeply missed and remembered for his caring and leadership traits.
He is survived by a son, two daughters, and 10 grandchildren who adored him, including Arthur and his wife, Laurie Argeros of Michigan, Demetra and her husband, Paul Farren of Cohasset, and Cassandra and her husband, John McMahon of Boxford; his grandchildren, Haley and Olivia of Michigan, Kayla, Alexandra, Caroline, Sean, and Isabella of Cohasset, John, Abigail and Tyler of Boxford; two sisters, Mary Argeros of Port Charlotte, Fla. and Evangeline Leondires of Peabody; his brother, the late Michael Argeros of Lynn; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather on Friday, June 9, 2017, at 10 a.m. from the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. in St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, Peabody. A visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Fund, Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114 or the St. Vasilios Endowment Fund, 7 Paleologos St., Peabody, MA 01960. Please visit www.ccbfuneral.com for online obituary or sign condolences.
Published on  June 6, 2017
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