James A. Farmakis of Hermitage passed away at 11:41 a.m. Monday (Feb. 12, 2018) in the Sharon Regional Medical Center, after a brief illness. He was 85.
Mr. Farmakis was born Nov. 6, 1932, in Warren, Ohio, a son of Aristides and Themis (Chalderis) Farmakis.
He moved to the area in the 1940s and was a 1950 graduate of Sharon High School.
Jim worked at the former Westinghouse Electric Corp. for two years before serving in the Army during the Korean War.
Upon his honorable discharge, he earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Ohio University, Athens.
Jim owned and operated Ferro Construction for more than 35 years and, during his retirement, was a consultant and well-known developer.
He was a member of the Sharon University Club and the Farrell Lions and Wolves Clubs.
Jim loved spending time with family and friends at his home on Lake Erie in Conneaut, Ohio. He was also an avid golfer and enjoyed playing cards, particularly pinochle, gin rummy and euchre.
Surviving are: his wife of 24 years, the former Rosemary Good Horodyski, at home; two daughters, Christina Farmakis-King and her husband Jeffery, Jackson Center; and Jamie Zeigler and her husband Bradley, Shenango Township (Lawrence County); a son, A.J. Farmakis and his wife Jan, Hermitage; two step-sons, John Horodyski, Denver, and Robert Horodyski and his wife MaryBeth, Gainesville, Fla.; a step-daughter, Linda Hahn and her husband Gregory, Canton; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He also leaves a brother, Nicholas Farmakis and his wife Mary, of Virginia; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Farmakis, Sharpsville; and several loving nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by: his parents; a brother, John Farmakis; and his best friend, Rudy Pryately, who also died Monday morning.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children's Research Fund; to a local Salvation Army; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
James A., 85, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 3 to 5:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 16, 2018) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGoniglefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
Service: 5:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.
Published on February 13, 2018