POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Bill Chamuris died peacefully Thursday, June 16 at Vassar Brothers Hospital from natural causes with family by his side. He was 88.
He was born in Newburgh, the son of Helen (Kehayias) and George V. Chamuris, and brother to Estelle Dean of Millbrook and Anna Nicholas of Portland Maine, all of whom predeceased him.
Chamuris devoted much of his life and career to public service. Among his many contributions, he served in the U.S. Army in the Philippine Islands during World War II, worked his way up from court crier to director of the Dutchess County Probation Department, served as chair and active member of the Dutchess County Republican Party, served as a lead official and race starter with the Dutchess County Track Officials and Coaches Association and Special Olympics and was an active member of the Greek fraternal organization AHEPA.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia Ann (Longobardi); sons, George and partner Mary Jean (Mack) Rosini of Bloomsburg, Pa., Christopher and wife Amy (Rivera) of Doylestown, Pa. and Andreas (Andrew C.) of Woodside, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Kate of New York City, William and Brianna of Doylestown, Pa., Elizabeth “Liz” and Marguerite Eisenhuth, her husband Jeffrey, of Bloomsburg, Pa, their two children (Bill and Pat’s great-grandchildren) Lucas and Annabel Lee, and by Marguerite and Liz’s mother, Mary Elizabeth (Hogan) Chamuris of Bloomsburg. He also is survived by his sister’s children, Elaine and Thomas of Portland Maine, Leon and family of Stratham, N.H., their father James of Portland, and Pat's extensive "Longobardi clan.”
Calling hours, dinner and refreshments will be offered from 4-7 p.m. Monday with a funeral service immediately following at St. Gregory’s Orthodox Church, 1500 Route 376, Wappingers Falls, with dessert and coffee after the service.
An 11 a.m. funeral service (Panikhida) at St. Gregory's will be conducted Tuesday. Burial will follow at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Gregory’s Orthodox Church or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, www.pdf.org would be greatly appreciated.
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