Jeffrey  Sarres

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Waterford, CT - Jeffrey Sarres, 91, formerly of Newport News, Va., died Monday, May 6, 2019, at Greentree Manor, Waterford, Conn. He was predeceased by his loving wife Juanita Taylor of 40 years. He was the son of the late George and Penelope (Demestihas) Sarantakos of Newburyport, Mass., where he was born on March 3, 1928. He graduated from Newburyport High School in 1947 where he was a star athlete.

Jeffrey worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for several years and was then inducted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War, serving in Germany for two years. He was honorably discharged in November of 1956 and attended the University of Kansas where he was an outstanding basketball player for the Kansas Jayhawks. Upon graduation, he worked as a real estate agent in Newport News, Va., and also as a substitute teacher.

Jeffrey was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. His greatest joy was taking trips to his beloved hometown of Newburyport where he would look up every friend and high school classmate, visiting, and reminiscing about "the good old days." Jeffrey was a member of the VFW, Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Newport News, Virginia, and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Newburyport.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his brothers Stephen Sarres of Newport News, Va., and Nicholas Sarris, of Old Lyme, Conn.; and a sister Katherine Sewell, of Kansas City, Mo. He leaves behind his sister Christine Griffin of Amesbury, Mass.; sister-in-law Patricia Sarris of Old Lyme, Conn.; niece JoAnn Flynn of Old Lyme, Conn.; niece Pamela Patterson of Manteo, N.C.; nephew James Pickle of Bull Head, Ariz.; and nephew Robert Griffin, of Amesbury, Mass.; and several great nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Greentree Manor that cared for Jeffrey for the past eight years.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 10, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of 7 Harris Street, Newburyport, MA. Donations in his memory may be directed to the Annunciation Church, in lieu of flowers.
Published on May 8, 2019
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