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July 8, 1933 – July 30, 2014

Demetrios T. “Jim” Liaros, a longtime self-employed architect, died Wednesday in ElderWood at Lancaster following a long illness.

He was 81.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Liaros graduated from Bennett High School in 1951 and the Syracuse University School of Architecture in 1959.

He served in the Army during the Korean War from 1954 to 1956.

Mr. Liaros chose a different path from his late father, Theodore S. Liaros, whose business was Ted’s Jumbo Red Hots.

He worked for local architectural firms before devoting his time to his own practice, Demetrios Architect, in 1969. He later added an interior furnishing division to his practice, Also Interiors, which had offices in Clarence. He retired in 2010.

A resident of Clarence for 33 years, Mr. Liaros coached Clarence house league soccer from 1988 to 1996.

He was a lifelong member of Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, the former Lynn C. O’Connor; two daughters, Jeanmarie Polvino and Marina Naples; two sons, Dean and Zachary; a brother, Peter T.; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 146 W. Utica St.