Dimitrios G. Dourdounas
Dimitrios G. “Jim” Dourdounas, 83, a longtime resident of Winchester, died on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. He passed peacefully while resting after a period of declining health in the presence of his loving family.
Dimitrios was born the son of the late Angelika (Georgiopolis) and George Dourdounas on July 17, 1935, in Kalamata, Greece. He was educated in Greece, where he attended local school.
After school Jim enlisted in the Greek air force, in which he worked as a supply assistant. He completed his time of service and immigrated to the United States, where he settled in Flushing, N.Y.
On March 14, 1964, he exchanged vows with Helen M. Beardsley at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Flushing. After marriage, they moved to Randolph, Mass., and later to Winchester.
He worked as chef and owner of several Massachusetts restaurants before coming to Winchester and establishing Ware Mt. Farm and Greenhouses as well as Dimitrios’ Wholesale Produce.
Jim was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church in Keene for many years. Jim enjoyed working on and restoring antique tractors and automobiles. Another passion he enjoyed was his vegetable and flower gardens. In recent years he became “official greeter” at his son’s driving range, Willy D’s Driving Range in Winchester.
The joy of his life were his granddaughters, Mia and Faye, whom he loved dearly.
Mr. Dourdounas is survived by his wife of 55 years, Helen M. Dourdounas of Winchester; his children, George Dourdounas and his wife, Raylene, of Winchester, Angela Adams and her husband, Ron, of South Carolina, Athena Seger and her significant other, Troy Wilkes, of Chesterfield and William Dourdounas and his wife, Erin, of Swanzey; his grandchildren, Melanie Dourdounas of Swanzey, Nicholas Adams of South Carolina, Pierce Adams of South Carolina, Trenton Adams of South Carolina, Dimitri Seger of Chesterfield, Mia Dourdounas of Swanzey and Faye Dourdounas of Swanzey; his great-grandchildren, Alissa Adams and Payton Adams, both of South Carolina; a special nephew whom he was especially close to, Kostas Dourdounas of Athens, Greece; and his sister, Constantine “Nina” Anagnostopoulou of Athens, Greece. In addition, he leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Jim is predeceased by his siblings, Helen Dourdounas, Kostantinos Dourdounas and Fotios Dourdounas.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with a service to follow, all in the Greek Orthodox Church, 70 West St., Keene. Burial will take place in the family lot, in the spring, at Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester.
Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations go in memory of Dimitrios G. Dourdounas to the Greek Orthodox Church, 70 West St., Keene, NH 03431; or to Save Your Ass Rescue (a donkey rescue), 492 Pratt Road, Alstead, NH 03602.
Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories of Swanzey is in charge of arrangements.