James N. Macrigeanis
September 12, 1923 – December 27, 2018
James N. Macrigeanis, 95, of Tilton, died December 27, 2018 at Concord Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in Manchester on September 12, 1923, one of five children of Greek immigrants Nickolas and Anna (Tsanaki) Macrigeanis and lived in Manchester for most of his life before moving to the New Hampshire Veterans Home in 2014 where he spent countless hours as a volunteer. He was educated in the Queen City School System and was a graduate of Manchester Central High School.
He was a proud US Army Veteran serving in World War II in the Pacific Theater as a Technical Sergeant for Amphibious Landings under Gen. MacArthur. His landing barge was always the first ashore and the last to leave such battlefields as the Philippines, New Guinea and Tokyo Bay. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with Bronze Service Arrowhead, the American Theater Campaign Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star, the Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. James was married to the love of his life, the former Clara “Dolly’ LaFrance, in 1944 and together they shared 59 years of life, laughter and love before her passing in 2003. He was employed as a textile supervisor with Concord Manufacturing with over 25 years of service. Jim lived the American Dream. He was an excellent cook, loved gardening and enjoyed many a challenging round of golf but above all else he loved getting together with family and friends. He will be fondly remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother and friend.
Members of his family include his sons James Macrigeanis, Jr. and his wife Denise of Oregon, Richard Macrigeanis of Manchester and David Macrigeanis and his wife Marie of Washington, NH, his daughters Christine Macrigeanis and her partner Lou of Florida and Karen Champlin and her husband Bob of Laconia, his grandchildren Jeremy, Caryn, Jennifer, Nicholas and Michaela and his great-grandchildren Zachary, Stephen, Devon and Dylan as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
There were no calling hours. A Committal Service with Military Honors was celebrated on Thursday January 3, 2019 at 9:30am in the NH State Veterans Cemetery Chapel in Boscawen. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Jim’s name be made to the NH Veterans Home 139 Winter St. Tilton, NH 03276 or to the NH State Veterans Cemetery 110 DW Highway Boscawen, NH 03303.The McHugh Funeral Home has been entrusted by the family with his care.
- Committal Service Thursday, January 3, 2019
James N. Macrigeanis
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Diane Downs (Duchesne)
January 8, 2019
So sorry to hear about your father, he was a wonderful man. Always smiling and kind. My family knew Jim and Dolly for many many years. We were raised with them on Central St. They were on the first floor and our family was on the second. They were a wonderful couple, full of love for each other and family.
I can imagine the grieve you are all going through, I've been there.
May he rest in peace, and meet up with his lovely wife Dolly.
January 7, 2019
To my cousins,
I will always remember your father as being a sweet and kind man. When I was a child I can recall both your mother and father taking me out for my birthday and other special occasions. Your mother was my godmother and although your father wasn't, he treated me as if I were his godchild and made me feel special. I remember that Uncle Jimmy loved to share the story of a time when I was around five and he and Aunty Dolly came to take me out. When we got to the car, I waited outside my door until he opened it for me. He couldn't believe that a child that young understood and expected a gentleman to open her door. I knew he would and of course, he did. And he was impressed! He will be missed but always remembered in the brightest of lights and in a warm place in my heart along with your mom. My condolences to all of you and my love too. Lisa (LaFrance)