on May 28, 2013 - 8:42 PM
June 18, 1919 – May 25, 2013
James P. Vallas, a Greek community volunteer, died Saturday in Elderwood Healthcare at Riverwood, Grand Island, after a lengthy illness. He was 93.
Born in Buffalo, he was educated at South Park High School and received a diploma in production planning from Erie County Technical Institute.
He married the former Hope Manos in Buffalo at the Hellenic Orthodox Church on Sept. 14, 1944. They moved to the Town of Tonawanda in 1974.
He joined Moog in 1961 and retired in 1984 from a position overseeing production of valves for military aircraft and space shuttles.
Mr. Vallas was a lifelong member of the Hellenic Orthodox Church, where he served four terms on the Parish Council and served as vice president in 1985 and president in 1986. He helped lead efforts to build the church’s bakery and chapel. He was awarded the church’s “Man of the Year” in 1990 and co-founded the church’s Spartan Golf League. He was an active volunteer during the church’s annual Hellenic Festival.
He also was active in the Greek fraternal organization Ahepa, the Masonic Order and the Hellenic Senior Club.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Paul, and a daughter, Barbara Kish.
A funeral service was held Tuesday in the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation.