LOWVILLE, N.Y. —
Harry Arvanites, 91, passed away peacefully
at his home under the care of his family and Lewis County
Hospice on Sunday, Sept. 30.
He was born Aug. 5, 1921, in Goshen, the son of Greek
immigrants Harry and Anna Arvanites.
was raised in the family confectionary business in Goshen
and then Middletown. He graduated from Middletown High
School and attended Oswego State Teachers College. World War
II interrupted and in 1942 he was stationed in the Aleutian
Islands where he remained for the duration of the war.
After the war, Jimmy married his childhood sweetheart,
Dorothy Jones, and finished college.
He taught industrial arts in the Middletown School System.
Dorothy and he had five children.
In 1962 the family moved to Lowville where Jimmy established
what became BOCES Technical Vocational School. He then
attended graduate school and became assistant director at
BOCES in Valhalla. The family returned to Lowville where Jim
became the director of Jeff – Lewis BOCES, retiring in
He and his son Jim established and operated Suzuki North in
Copenhagen, and later in Watertown.
Jim enjoyed his many boats, traveling and his family.
Surviving are his five children, Dorothy and Steve Monnat,
Lowville, Jane Arvanites Albany, James Mark and Colleen
Arvanites, Lowville; Andrea and Dennis Lee, Lowville, and
Dokson and Gale Arvanites, South Pasadena, Calif.; 10
grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy.
memorial service at Trinity Episcopal Church will be
announced at a later date.
Memorials in Jim’s name may be made to: Friends of Lewis
County Hospice, Inc., P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.
condolences may be made to www.sundquistfh.com.
Information provided by
Sundquist Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown,