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James Peter Barbalias

June 30, 1934 ~ September 7, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old


James P. Barbalias, 89 of Longmeadow, MA died on Thursday, September 7, 2023 at the Jewish Nursing Home in Longmeadow. He was born and educated in Springfield, a son of the late Peter and Eugenia (Meniates) Barbalias. James served in the US Army and returned home enrolling in college and received his degree as a pharmacist.

He then joined the family business, which his parents owned, and operated, Athens Candy Store located on Oak Grove Avenue in Springfield. He will always be remembered for his generous nature, as he would frequently give free groceries to customers that were in need.

James was affectionately known to the store’s neighborhood as “Pete”. The store existed for more than 90 years until its closing in 2010. After his retirement, James, not one to sit idle, became a crossing guard in Longmeadow until May of 2023. Through the years, James so enjoyed spending time at Misquamicut, Rhode Island and Ogunquit, Maine with his wife and family.

He is survived by his best friend and devoted wife of 67 years, Aphrodite (Madamas) Barbalias, and leaves one son, Peter Barbalias of Longmeadow and two loving daughters, Maria Riley of Longmeadow, and Gina Roumeliotis of East Longmeadow; his sister, Alice Furber of Texas; along with four grandchildren, Daniel and James Roumeliotis, Tony Riley and his wife Leigh, and Kristy Cobill and her husband Michael; two great-grandchildren, Brynn and Fallon Riley; along with several cousins, nieces and nephews. James was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. James was so loved by his family, friends and neighbors for his kind, caring and thoughtful nature, lending a helping hand to those in need. He will be remembered affectionately for his great sense of humor. James will be greatly missed by all, especially his loving family.

All services are private and his arrangements were entrusted to the Byron Keenan Funeral Home of Springfield. 


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